Have a concert recording or background music on a Blu-ray disc and wish to extract the audio from it so that you can play the music on your devices but haven’t any idea where to start. The following article will show you what types of audio you can save from Blu-ray disc and how to use the right Blu-ray audio extractor to complete the job effortlessly.
Blu-ray disc audio formats
Blu-ray disc provides much better sound quality than DVD disc by offering lossless audio formats including PCM, Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. These higher-resolution formats allow for up to 7.1 channels of uncompressed audio.
PCM, short for Pulse Code Modulation, is also called LPCM, Linear PCM, or Uncompressed. It encodes the original master without any compression. Therefore, it takes up large amount of Blu-ray disc space. However, it carries three fronts, four surround and a low frequency effect channel at higher sampling rates and bit depth.
Compared to PCM, Dolby TrueHD provides the same quality but takes less space in Blu-ray disc. Unlike PCM’s constant bit rate, it is a variable bit rate codec, which provides 8 full range channels 24-bit/96 kHz audio. Dolby TrueHD is the mandatory audio codec of HD DVD. Although most Blu-ray discs will encode audio with this codec, it’s becoming less popular these days than DTS-HD Master Audio.
DTS-HD Master Audio
Like Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD takes up less space on a Blu-ray disc than uncompressed PCM. DTS-HD consists of two streams: one high resolution but lossy DTS track and one DTS-HD Master Audio track which is lossless. Because DTS-HD Master Audio requires more to be processed, it usually appears in high end of Blu-ray players. If you have a separate sound system, you could choose the corresponding Blu-ray disc with DTS-HD Master Audio. Otherwise, the DTS-HD Master Audio will be possibly converted to PCM or just digital Dolby before sending to the receiver.
Apart from above listed high quality lossless audio formats that included in original Blu-ray disc, sometimes, you may also wish to save Blu-ray disc to other audio format types such as WMA, MP3, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, M4A, etc for viewing on specific music playback devices. Then you may need a powerful Blu-ray Audio Converter application that offers more output audio options for you.
Best Blu-ray audio extractor with more audio exporting formats
When you are searching on the market, you may find that there are many options out there that can assist you to do the Blu-ray to audio ripping job. However, here, we highly recommend Pavtube ByteCopy to you for the following reasons:
– Powerfully bypass all Blu-ray copy protection so that you can then freely extract audio from the Blu-ray disc without any limitation
– Save Blu-ray to audio file formats in various different file types including
1) Output Blu-ray to lossless Multi-track MKV format to preserver the 5.1 surround sound including Dolby Digital and DTS audio or 7.1 surround sound including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
2) Rip Blu-ray to other types of audio formats such as uncompressed audio format like WAV, AIFF, audio formats with lossless compression such as FLAC, ALAC, WMA or audio formats with lossy compression like MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, etc.
– The resulted audio are pretty high quality, the quality of the converted sound is almost identical to the sound on the disc.
– Available on both Windows and Mac platform (get Mac version).
Which audio formats you should choose when save Blu-ray disc?
If you’re listening to music and want faithful audio representation, use lossless audio compression. If you’re okay with “good enough” music quality, if your audio file doesn’t have any music, or if you need to conserve disk space, use lossy audio compression.
Step by Step to Extract Audio from Blu-ray Disc
Step 1: Load Blu-ray disc.
Insert the Blu-ray disc into your computer’s Blu-ray drive. If your computer doesn’t ship with a drive, you will need to purchase an external USB Blu-ray drive to read the data on Blu-ray disc. Then press “File” > “Load from disc” option on the main interface, alternatively, you can also import Blu-ray folder or Blu-ray ISO files with the program.
Step 2: Define the output file format.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, if you wish to preserve the original 5.1 surround sound or 7.1 surround sound in original Blu-ray disc, just choose to output “Lossless/encoded Multi-track MKV(*.mkv)” under “Multi-track Video” format.
Adjust multi-task settings
When you output the lossless/encoded multi-track MKV format, all the audio tracks in original source file will be preserved. If there are some audio tracks you don’t like, you can click Settings button and go to Multi-task Settings window to uncheck and remove them under Audio tab.
You can also choose to save Blu-ray to other audio formats such as “MP3 – MPEG Layer-3 Audio(*.mp3)” under “Common Audio” main category. You can also choose other audio formats according to your own needs.
Step 3: Begin Blu-ray audio extraction process.
After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin Blu-ray to your desired 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound audio extracting process or other audio format conversion process.
When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files.