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DVD Ripping - bbtools is an excellent suite for extracting audio & video streams from VOB files. It works under MS-DOS, and if you're not used to it, the commands to run it are somewhat esoteric. However, they tend to be the same commands over and over, so once you get used to it, it's very easy. You can even write MS-DOS batch files (*.bat) to run the bbdmux tool repeatedly in order to demux several files.

The MPEG2 video stream is usually found in stream 0xE0, so you can have bbdmux output the stream to a .m2v file and any good media player will be able to play it right off the bat. These files can also be imported directly into DVD Studio Pro & DVD-Lab Pro without any trouble.

The audio streams can come in several different flavors, two of which are mentioned here:

UPDATE 10/23/2011 (Mole Day): It seems like bbtools doesn't work on Windows 7 SP1 64-bit Edition (though I'm pretty sure it still works on regular Windows 7). As such, I've abandoned bbtools and have gone on to some other GUI-based demuxing applications, which also haven't been maintained since President Lincoln took the oath of office. :-P However, the instructions for converting a raw PCM audio file to AC3 should still apply. Enjoy, and thanks to bbtools for many great years of service!