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How to Convert VCD to mp3 in Ubuntu Linux

Last updated: November 20, 2013

This simple tutorial shows how to rip your Video CD to mp3 in Ubuntu, it also works on other Linux include Debian, OpenSUSE, Fedora.

Here I use the K3b burning tool to rip VCD to video files and SoundConverter to convert video files to mp3 files.

1. Rip Video CD to mpeg videos

First install K3b CD/DVD burning tool which is available in most Linux distributions. For Ubuntu, install K3b from Ubuntu Software Center.

Insert your VCD and then open K3b, double click on the Video CD listed in the burning tool and click Start Ripping

ripping VCD to mpeg in Ubuntu

ripping VCD to mpeg in Ubuntu

Once done, you’ll see video files in the target folder:

mpg videos from VCD

2. Convert mpeg to mp3

Install SoundConverter, which is available in Debian repository. For Ubuntu and its derivatives, we can install SoundConverter from getdeb repository, see this tutorial for details.

Once installed, start the app and click on Add file button. Press Ctrl+A to select all videos and click Open to add them.

Click Preferences to choose the result folder and result format, quality, etc.

Finally click on Convert to start the process:

When done, you’ll see all music files in result folder:

SoundConverter, a simple Gnome sound converter app recently released version 2.1.2 with various bugfixes.

As you may know, SoundConverter aims to be simple to use, and very fast. Thanks to its multithreaded design, it will use as many cores as possible to speed up the conversion. It reads anything the GStreamer library can read, and writes WAV, FLAC, MP3, AAC and Ogg Vorbis files.

Changes in SoundConverter 2.1.2:

  • Fix original files deleted when encoding failed.
  • “Same folder as the input file” fix when “Create folders” is active.
  • Reset plugin install cancellation after conversion batch.
  • “Replace all messy characters” based on a black list instead of a white list. This means that only really problematic characters are replaced now.
  • Added appdata for gnome-software.
  • Translation updates.

Install SoundConverter 2.1.2:

The Getdeb has made this release into its app repository for Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint 13/16.

1. Add the getdeb repository by running commands below in terminal one by one (For Linux Mint, there’s an option in Software Sources -> Additional repoository to enable getdeb):


sudo dpkg -i getdeb-repository_0.1-1~getdeb1_all.deb

2. Install SoundConverter after checking for updates:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install soundconverter

If you’re on Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10 or you just don’t want to add the PPA, download and install the DEB packages