How to Extract Audio from Video Files
Edited by Pat Bitton
November 27, 2019
Sometimes you hear a great tune in a movie and think that piece of music would fit perfectly into your own project. But how to get it from the video and save it as a separate audio file? With the help of multimedia processing software, of course.
Here are a few situations where you might need to extract audio from a video file:
You want to keep the soundtrack
If you like a movie soundtrack and want to keep it, one of the best ways to do so is to convert the video file to audio. Movavi’s converter will do the job! Using the built-in trim tool, you can quickly extract the track you want.
You need only the audio from a large video file
No time to sit through lectures? It would be great to listen to them on the go. Just convert the video files to MP3 and enjoy the audio versions in your car or during a workout.
You want to make an audiobook from a cartoon
If your kids like watching cartoons, try converting their favorite videos to MP3 audio files to listen in the car. Audio books can become a fun alternative to movies and cartoons!
In this guide, we’ll focus on the three main ways to extract audio from video and answer frequently asked questions.
How to Extract Audio from MP4 and Other Video Files Using a Desktop App
If you’re looking for a powerful desktop program that can convert a video into an audio file, Movavi Video Converter is just what you need. The program supports over 180 media formats. You can use it to extract audio from MP4, AVI, MKV, FLV, 3GP, MPEG, MOV, WMV, VOB, and other video file types. Our step-by-step guide will teach you how to easily rip audio from video on PC or Mac!
Download Movavi Video Converter
Open the downloaded file, install and launch the program. The converter interface is easy to navigate, even for first-time users looking to extract music from films.
Choose a File
Click Add Media in the upper left corner of the program interface, then Add Video and choose the file you want to rip audio from. Movavi Video Converter can process multiple files at once, so take as many as you want.
Choose a Segment for Conversion (Optional)
You can skip this step if you want to extract the entire audio track.
If you want to record only part of the soundtrack, choose the file from the list and click the Edit button. In the new window, drag the start and end points on the timeline to set the boundaries of the segment you want to exclude and click the Scissors icon. Delete the marked part by selecting it and hitting the Trash can icon. The program will convert the sounds from only the remaining part of the file. Once you’ve finished trimming, click Done.
Choose a Format
Click the Audio tab to select a suitable format: MP3, M4A, WAV, WMA, FLAC, AAC, or OGG. You can customize the bitrate of any audio profile. Just remember: the higher the bitrate, the larger the output file.
Separate Audio from Video
Choose the desired Save to folder, then click Convert and wait until the converter has finished recording audio from the video (it won’t take long). Once the process is complete, the folder containing the converted audio files will open automatically. Choose the Save to folder and click Convert. Once the audio file extraction process is complete, the output folder will open automatically.
It’s easy to pull music from a movie when you use Movavi Video Converter as an audio extractor! If you’re looking for more editing capabilities, try Movavi Video SuiteMovavi Video Suite. It’s the ultimate toolkit, featuring the best of Movavi’s video processing software. Use it to edit video, burn CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs, capture screens, convert video and audio, create clips and slideshows, split and join files, and much more!
Movavi Video Converter
The ideal way to get your media in the format you need!
- Convert video, audio, DVDs, and image files
- Enjoy lightning-fast conversion without quality loss
- Improve quality, adjust sound, trim and join files before converting
- Save video and audio clips for easy mobile access
Differences between Desktop and Online Converters
How to Extract Audio from a Video Online
If you don’t want to download any programs to your computer, you can extract audio from a video online using a tool like videoconverter.com.
Go to the Website
First, click the link below to get to the online audio extractor website.
Add Your File and Choose a Format
Click Add Your Media, locate the video you need, and click Open. You can also drag and drop the video onto the page. To choose the output format, open the drop-down list, click Audio and pick the desired format.
The service has some restrictions – the size of the files you can upload is limited, and you can only convert one file at a time.
Launch the Conversion
Click Convert and wait for the conversion process to finish. The output file will be automatically downloaded to your computer. That’s all there is to it!
How to Use a Free Audio Extractor
If you want to extract audio from MP4 video for free, give the VLC media player a try. It’s an open-source program available for almost all operating systems, including Windows and macOS. Note that the program isn’t particularly fast, so converting large files may take a while. Follow the link below to download the free audio extractor.
Next, go to the upper-left corner of the program window, click Media, and select the Convert / Save option. Click Add to upload the files you want to convert and then hit Convert / Save. In the dialogue box, select MP3 as the target format. Click Browse, choose the destination and enter the name of the file, and then click Save. When everything is ready, click Start.
Frequently Asked Questions
An audio extractor is software that helps you convert videos into audio files.
You can find the information you need in our guide.
Sure. Just follow these steps:
1. Install and launch Movavi Video Converter.
2. Click Add Media, choose Add DVD and then Open DVD.
3. Double-click the DVD name and choose the VIDEO_TS folder.
4. Choose MP3 as the output format and hit Convert.
5. Wait till the audio is ripped and saved on your computer.
The best formats for sound quality are those that contain uncompressed audio, for example WAV. Another option is to use lossless formats such as FLAC or ALAC. These formats use compression algorithms that retain the high quality of the files. Uncompressed and losslessly-compressed audio files have a significant drawback – a large file size.