Best Ways to Extract Audio from Video
Sometimes you might only need the audio clip in a video file. You can use the raw audio to create a remix, dub in another language, or insert it into another program. Accordingly, here are a few ways to extract audio clips from any video file including MP4, AVI, FLV, MPEG and more.
Just FYI, audio files are much smaller in size compared to videos. For instance, often audio files can be only 5%-10% of the video file size. Therefore it is very handy to have a tool that can quickly extract audio from video.
Furthermore, if you like a particular song or music from a video and would like to have it as a standalone song, or use it in your own video as a background track, the tools in this article can be helpful too.
Audio Extractor is one of the best online tools to extract an audio clip from any video file. Apart from saving the destination file in MP3 or WAV, you can save it as an iPhone ringtone. Depending on file size, uploading the video does not take very long, and extracting the audio is just as fast.
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The quality of playback received from the above tool is brilliant. If you want to crop a small portion of the audio, use iTunes or WavePad audio splitter. This is really useful if you want to save your favorite movie dialogue as a ringtone.
Not many people know this, but everybody’s favorite free media player VLC lets you convert any video or audio format to MP3 in a few easy steps. Above all, it’s universal and works on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS, and plays pretty much any media format on this planet.
This is how to do it:
- Click on Media > Convert/Save [CTRL + R].
- Click on Add.
- Browse and open your video file.
- Click on Convert/Save.
- Under Settings, in Profile choose Audio – MP3.
- Hit Browse and give a destination file name.
- Click Start.
Fortunately for Mac Users, the many steps seen earlier in this article are not necessary with QuickTime. You can simply open the video file in QuickTime, and export it to save it as an audio file. Indeed, that is how it should have been designed with other media players!
If you’d like to go more granular and have the ability to edit your audio files, Audacity is a free, open-source, cross-platform audio editing software. It works on Windows, macOS and Linux.
Below are the steps to extract audio from video using Audacity:
- Make sure your videos are in the right format
- Install the FFmpeg Plugin
- Open your video in Audacity
- Find and select the audio you want to extract
- Finally, extract the audio and export it as WAV or MP3
If you want to edit your audio further, save it as WAV. If not, MP3 will do just fine.
If you want to extract audio files on your phone, you will have to download a Play Store app called Extract Audio from Video. After importing the video file in MP4, 3GP or WEBM, you can choose the target audio format. Then simply click “Extract” as shown in the below window.
Audio segments are always an important element in any video file. With the methods mentioned here, you can now download your favorite video from YouTube and choose the audio portion easily. If you have large videos on your device, VLC is the best option. However, if your videos are smaller in size, or you don’t care about upload speeds or privacy, use the free online tool.