How To Use a HandBrake to Convert a DVD to an MP3

By Andrew Schrader

HandBrake is a free, downloadable program that lets users convert to and from a number of audio and video formats, including ripping DVDs straight to video with MP3 encoding. Unfortunately, HandBrake does not allow audio-only conversions. If users wish to have audio-only output for putting on CDs or to use as sound bites, they will have to use another program that can isolate audio from video after their HandBrake conversion. Please note that because DVD audio is of high quality, compressing to MP3 will result in some loss of audio quality.

Things You'll Need

  • HandBrake

Step 1

Download and install HandBrake. Agree to the licensing terms and open the program.

Step 2

Insert your DVD. If HandBrake does not read it automatically, click the "Source" icon in the upper-left corner of your screen to locate your DVD files in the pop-up window.

Step 3

Select which chapters or tracks you want converted and choose your file's output destination by clicking the "Browse ..." button.

Step 4

Select a video output setting. If you will separate the MP3 audio later, choose a low-quality "MP4" setting for your video for a speedier conversion.

Step 5

Click the "Audio" tab and select "MP3" from its options. Click "Start" to begin the conversion. Depending on your DVD's size, this will take several minutes to several hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you will be separating the audio from video in another program, set your video's quality at the lowest setting by lowering the "Constant Quality" and reducing your bitrate. Again, this will reduce the time it takes to convert your DVD.