I recently ripped my first Blu-Ray audio discs. Here are a few tips I’ve discovered along the way:

Ripping the discs

MakeMKV can be used to rip and, if necessary, decrypt Blu-Ray audio discs. While it is in beta, it can be evaluated by using the current beta key.

Extracting the audio from the video files

ffmpeg can be used to extract the audio track(s) from the video streams on the Blu-Ray.

First interrogate one of your streams using ffprobe to see how the different tracks are laid out:

ffprobe -hide_banner BDMV/STREAM/00002.m2ts

I use -hide_banner to reduce the amount of text printed to the terminal. If you have troubles and decide to ask others for help, be sure to omit -hide_banner as the information it emits can be useful when debugging!

Here is the output I got:

Input #0, mpegts, from 'BDMV/STREAM/00002.m2ts':
  Duration: 00:01:47.07, start: 4200.000000, bitrate: 7133 kb/s
  Program 1
    Stream #0:0[0x1011]: Video: h264 (High) (HDMV / 0x564D4448), yuv420p(progressive), 1920x1080 [SAR 1:1 DAR 16:9], 23.98 fps, 23.98 tbr, 90k tbn, 47.95 tbc
    Stream #0:1[0x1100]: Audio: pcm_bluray (HDMV / 0x564D4448), 48000 Hz, stereo, s16, 1536 kb/s

In my case I only have one audio stream to worry about at address 0:1. Note it is labelled s16 which means that it is a signed 16-bit depth audio stream. These details will be important in a moment.

Next comes the extraction:

for i in BDMV/STREAM/*.m2ts; do ffmpeg -hide_banner -i "$i" -map 0:1 -acodec pcm_s16le "$(basename "${i%.*}").wav"; done

The -map 0:1 refers to our address from earlier. The s16 part of -acodec pcm_s16le matches the description of the stream ffprobe gave us. We cannot use -acodec copy as ffmpeg cannot encode pcm_bluray.

Make sure to use .wav at the end of the filename, as ffmpeg considers it important. I was originally trying to use .pcm, but all I got was this error message:

[NULL @ 000000000283dc20] Unable to find a suitable output format for '00002.pcm'

If you have multiple streams, re-run this command, changing -map, -acodec and the output filename (to not overwrite your previous extractions!) as appropriate.

Removing initial silence

After I had extracted the audio, I noticed that every track had about 1.0-1.6 seconds of silence at the beginning. I had no interest in keeping this, so I used ffmpeg with the silenceremove filter:

mkdir no-silence
for i in *.wav; do ffmpeg -i "$i" -af silenceremove=start_periods=1:detection=peak "no-silence/$(basename "$i")"; done

start_periods=1 means remove one block of silence from the beginning of the track, a.k.a. the silence before any audio begins. I use detection=peak because I know I’m working with audio with digital silence; if you’re working with audio that was originally recorded from analogue, omit this option.

Incidentally, this filter could have been added to the original extraction command, if I knew that I wanted it at the time. :)

for i in BDMV/STREAM/*.m2ts; do ffmpeg -hide_banner -i "$i" -map 0:1 -acodec pcm_s16le -af silenceremove=start_periods=1:detection=peak "$(basename "${i%.*}").wav"; done

Update 2017-05-14: Changed ${i/.*} to ${i%.*} to remove file extensions, as the new way will only remove everything following the last . in the filename, not the first. Thanks to my good friend Mark Holland-Avery for the suggestion!