[Nottingham] Don't tell the MPAA

Michael Quaintance penfoldq at penfoldq.co.uk
Wed Nov 16 22:57:25 GMT 2005


First the politics. I do not wish to rekindle the embers of the last 
flamewar but I'm sure a simple 'grep' would find me having asked more 
questions that I have helped others and my presence at meetings has 
become non-existent after the first few I attended. I have my own 
reasons for this but I will offer the explanation that it all started 
because of a girl I thought I fancied and thought that she felt the 
same... anyway, this is not an agony column and I have no wish to 
discuss emotional relationships on-list. Regardless of these 'failings', 
I have a question that I hope some listmembers will be willing and able 
to help me with... here goes...

I own many DVDs that I wish to extract the audio tracks from. I want to 
be able to take a DVD-movie and produce from it a collection of MP3 
audio files corresponding to the most appropriate audio track of the 
movie and split by the chapter marks. I specifically want MP3 as I wish 
to be able to play them on a variety of devices, the most picky of which 
is a Sony CD Walkman which only supports Audio CD, MP3 and Atrac.

In case you are wondering why anyone would want to do such a thing, I am 
the sort of freak who watches the many DVDs in my collection many times. 
I can therefore recall enough detail to enjoy them simply from listening 
to the soundtrack. This is even better on the few which have an 
audio-described soundtrack option.

I have seen in action some MS Windows-based ripping software which 
produced as a temporary file an MP3 version of the entire audio track 
but I specifically want this split by chapter marks.

Unfortunately, I don't know where to start looking for FOSS tools to 
accomplish this aim. Preferably they would run under GNU/Linux or *BSD 
but at a pinch I could do this under MS Windows if that was the only 

Anyone got any advice/experience/pointers to help me?

Thanks in advance.


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