A common dilemma is when you have a video but only want the audio part of it. Maybe it’s the music from the video that you want to have in MP3 format or something off YouTube that you want to listen to instead of watching.
There are a number of tools you can use if you’re looking to extract audio, sound, or background music from a video file. While some of those are simple, single-purpose audio converters, others are multi-tasking software apps that can help you solve different audio-related issues.
Use Audacity software
To extract audio from the video clip with Audacity is pretty easy.
First, you open the video file in Audacity, and then go to File again and select the Export option and choose Export as MP3, Export as WAV based on your needs. Follow the instruction on the screen, and Audacity will extract the audio from a video at the end.
Audio Extractor is a single-purpose website that allows you to extract sound from video files of various formats. The process of separating your audio from video is even more straightforward here.
Go to the website and click the blue Open video button to select your file. Once your video is loaded, select the output audio format, and click Extract audio. The app will then take you to the download screen with your audio file.
Windows Movie Maker
If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8 and have Windows Movie Maker installed, you already have a free audio extractor on your hands. The second audio extractor that we recommend for Windows7 and Windows8 users is Microsoft’s Movie Maker, which can also help you extract audio from video.
This video editing software allows users to create, edit or share videos. With this, you can share your videos on several platforms. It is also free to use and has a simple user interface.
Extract Audio from Video using VLC Player
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.
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.
Use QuickTime for Mac Users
Fortunately for Mac Users, you can simply open the video file in QuickTime and export to save it as an audio file. Indeed, that is how it should have been designed with other media players!
How to Extract the Audio From a Video on Android
On Android, you can use the free Video to MP3 Converter app to extract the audio from your video files. You have several file formats to choose from for your resulting file.
Here’s how you use the app:
Open the app and tap Video to Audio.
Allow the app to access your device storage.
Select the video you want to extract the audio from.
Select the resulting audio format from the Format dropdown menu, choose an option from the Bit Rate menu, and tap Convert to start the conversion process.
The app will notify you when your audio file is ready. At that point, you can tap Play to listen to your audio file.
To access your converted files in the future, go to the main app interface, tap Output, and select the Video to audio option from the top bar.