I want to record sounds from movies to use them in my music. I have a big collection of DVDs that are sitting on dusty shelves in my room as well as a HD with a number of movies (mostly .avi and .mkv) that I plan to go through.
The issue I’m facing right now is to have a reliable method of capturing the sounds with best possible quality. I’d prefer freeware that doesn’t prompt me to install 20 of their toolbars… so no shady programs and the likes. Asking Google revealed that VLC media player is able to convert and save incoming audio from videos as WAV/mp3. After some testing and tweaking I’ve come to the conclusion that VLC is great to capture audio from any video file (I successfully converted audio from AVI, MKV and WEBM, but I guess other file types should work just as fine). Here is a small tutorial if anyone is interested: https://www.vlchelp.com/convert-audio-format/
Attempting to record audio from DVDs however gives me bad results. No matter how much I re-record and tweak the settings, VLC always gives me a faulty WAV file that can’t be opened and which seems to be corrupted (6 KB file size). Now you could say that mp3 320 kb/s would be just as good, but let me tell you that after changing the initial mp3 settings (which is 128 kb/s = no go) VLC is going full retard and only offers to save the recording in a .TS/PS container which doesn’t do anything at all. Manually written mp3 extensions don’t do the trick either.
So does anyone know what the hell I am doing wrong or why VLC can’t deal with higher bitrate capturing? I’d be happy if someone knows of any alternative that doesn’t suck. I could go ahead and save samples in 128 mp3 but I would really prefer to keep it consistent with the rest of my sample library which is all WAV.