Splitting Audio from VCD to make Audio CD

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I have some VCDs that are Karaoke ones with the .dat extensions. What I want to do is remove the audio component and burn it to a normal CD for listening to in the car. I assume I will need to use a few steps but I really don't know where to start. Is there a software that can separate the video and audio? I assume I will have to first take the audio as an MP3 and then convert again to format for car listening. Any information would be extremely appreciated. Also the cheaper the better, free of course is best. Have a Happy New Year everyone.

-- Chuck Marianik (14637@home.com), January 05, 2002


Yes you can do this. One way is to go to www.mvp.qdesign.com and get the MVP player. Demux your VCD audio track out of the VCD and convert it to WAV using MVP. You'll just have one giant WAV file though. Nero provides a WAV editor, but I don't like it. It's very hard to use. A program such a Cool Edit could probably do the conversion to WAV and might have a simpler editor to use if you want to split the WAV into tracks, but MVP is a lot cheaper (free demo for 30 days, something like $20 US to get a license after that). By the way, the audio on your VCD is in MPEG-1 layer II (also called MPEG-2) audio. It's not in MP3 format and to get it in MP3 format would require a program such as MVP or Cool Edit. You'll get better quality if you conver to WAV and burn that though.

-- Jason (Jason.Shumate@equant.com), January 07, 2002.

Not that difficult First convert the DAT file on the VCD to an MPEG file, using VCDGear. Then use TMPGENc to demux the audio, and any sound editor to chop it into individual songs.

Look up www.vcdhelp.com if you need more help.


-- Arnaud Guillon (apguillon@hotmail.com), March 18, 2002.

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