How to Convert Video to MP3
Edited by Pat Bitton
March 19, 2020
Converting between different video formats is something many conversion software packages can handle. However, there are times when you want to extract just the music from a video file. Here are some common situations you may encounter:
Do you want to save the music from a movie?
If you’ve watched a movie, liked a song in it, and cannot find it anywhere else, you can upload the movie file to Movavi Video Converter, separate out the song, and save it as an MP3 file.
Do you want to save a concert or a lecture just as an audio file?
Sometimes you only need the sound from a video file. With Movavi Video Converter, you can convert videos to MP3s and upload them to your phone or MP3 player.
Do you want to turn a cartoon or movie into an audio play?
If you’re taking a child on a long trip, saving their favorite cartoon or movie as an MP3 file may just be enough to keep them entertained. This can easily be done with the Movavi video-to-MP3 converter.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to extract audio from video with either a video-to-MP3 converter online or desktop programs.
How to Use Movavi’s Video-to-MP3 Converter
Let’s look at the desktop Movavi Video Converter first. This software lets you not only change the file format, but also cut out parts of a video so you convert only the elements you want.
Download our Video Converter for Windows or Mac right now and find out how to convert a video to MP3 in four simple steps with this handy guide.
Install the MP3 Converter
Download the app from the Movavi website and install it on your PC or Mac. This fast, easy-to-use software supports more than 180 formats, so you can go beyond converting video in MP4 or VOB to MP3 and other audio formats to also transfer your files to WMV, AVI, or DVD and other video formats with high-quality results, resize and enhance films, clips, and home video.
Choose a File for Conversion
Launch the converter. Click the Add Media button in the upper left corner and then Add Video. Choose one or more video files that you want to transform to MP3.
Choose the MP3 Format and Settings
Click the Audio tab and open the MP3 group. You will see a number of presets with different bitrate parameters; you can either choose the MP3 - Original bitrate preset, which copies all the parameters from the original, or a different bitrate, which will impact the output audio quality. Remember that, the higher the bitrate and quality, the larger the resulting file will be. You can also save extracted soundtracks and songs to other popular audio formats such as OGG, WAV, FLAC, and more.
Convert the Video to MP3 and Save It
Choose the folder in which you want to save the converted files by clicking the Folder icon and hit Convert to convert the video file to MP3. The process can take anything from one to several minutes, depending on the file size and the number of files being transferred.
When the conversion is complete, the extracted audio will be saved, and the folder with the MP3 file will open automatically.
That’s all there is to it! Now you can turn videos into MP3 music files or change any other media format in just a couple of clicks!
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Differences between Desktop and Online Converters
How to Use a Video-to-MP3 Converter Online
Another way to extract audio is to convert video to MP3 online. This is a good option if the video file isn't large and you only want to convert one file. If you have more than one file, it’s best to use a desktop converter, since it can work on multiple files simultaneously.
Go to the Conversion Website
Click the link below to go to the online conversion site.
Upload the Video File
Click Add Your Media to upload a video from your computer. If the file you want to convert is in your Dropbox or Google Drive storage, click the Arrow icon next to the button and select the appropriate option. Note that the file size is limited.
Select an Audio Format
After the upload is complete, select the target output format. The default suggestion is MP4 but other options are available. Click on the format, open the Audio tab, and select MP3.
Launch the Conversion Process
Click the Convert button. As soon as the conversion is done, you will be able to download the MP3 file to your computer.
How to Convert a Video File to MP3 for Free
If you’re looking for a free video-to-MP3 converter, try VLC player – it’s primarily a media player, but it can also function as a conversion tool. Although the player can’t process large files particularly quickly, the app does its job well enough.Download the appropriate version of VLC media player
Install and Launch the Player
Open the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the program.
Add Your Video
Go to Media and click Convert / Save. Hit the Add button and select the desired video, then click Convert / Save in the lower part of the window.
Select MP3 as the Target Format
In the Profile field, select Audio – MP3 from the list of media formats.
Convert Your Video to MP3
Go to the Destination field and click Browse to choose the destination folder. Hit Start and wait until the video is converted to an MP3 file. That’s all it takes to extract audio from video!
Frequently Asked Questions
Follow the link below to learn how to convert audio to MP3 using a desktop converter or online tool.
Try the Mac version of Movavi Video Converter. A free desktop alternative is VLC Player, which is also available for macOS. If you don’t want to install any software, you can use an online service like Online Video Converter.
MP4 is a popular format for storing video data, but it can also contain audio, subtitles, and still images. Audio can be stored within the MP4 format, but technically it will still be a video, just with a black background. You can make a different background by setting a picture or even making a slideshow to go along with your audio.
MP3s can only contain audio data, so video files can’t be stored in this format. If you convert a video to MP3, the converted file will be audio only.