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5 Tools to Extract Audio from MP4 Video without Re-encoding

Many of you must have encountered a situation where you want to extract an audio from video like MP4 on a Mac or Windows PC. Maybe the background music is just so touching and melodious that you want to extract it as your ringtone. Maybe the background audio and the video don't match. Or maybe the melody of the audio of the current video clip fits better for another video.

Extract Audio from Video

However, while extracting audios from videos using HandBrake or VLC, you are likely to get into trouble. Sometimes, those audio extractors can't correctly read your videos in MOV, Xvid, MP2V and many other formats. And what frustrates users most is the complex operation and inconvenience of extracting audio from video.

Is it possible to find a solution that can easily extract audio from video? Yes, this post guides 5 of the easiest methods to extract audio from MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV and many other types of video clips. After reading, you will know how to use free/paid/online apps to extract any from video on Mac and Windows.

With your favorite music extracted and saved on your computer, you can use these mp3 files in your video project. Interested? Explore how to add music to a video >>

Method 1 3 Steps to Losslessly Extract Audio from Any Video (YouTube/MP4/AVI/MOV/MKV…)

VideoProc is a one-stop video processing tool. It allows you to quickly extract the audio from a video and save it as mp3, aac and dozens more popular audio format. The best part is, this tool enables auto-copy, so that the audio is truly extracted without re-encoding. If you mean to extract the sound instead of converting video to audio, auto-copy is the feature you are looking for.

Besides separating audio from video that stores on your local drive, VideoProc also helps you to extract music from YouTube videos.

Add Video Files to VideoProc

1. Import Videos to VideoProc.

Free download VideoProc and install it on your Windows or Mac.
Open VideoProc, go to Video panel to add your MP4 footage or other format videos.

2. Extract Audio from Video.

Click Music tab at the bottom. Here you can choose any format according to your preference (Possible choices include MP3, M4A, AAC, PCM, AC3, MOD, FLAC, etc.).

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3. Save the extracted video.

Choose the output folder, then click "RUN" to extract audio from video.

Bonus tips: to extract audio from YouTube video, you can go to the downloader panel from VideoProc homescreen, save the video from online to your local drive and repeat steps above.

Extracting Audio from YouTube Video

What else can VideoProc help you:

  • • Batch extract audio from multiple videos
  • • Save extracted audio as AAC, MP3 from MP4, MKV, MOV
  • • Tick auto-copy option to extract audio without re-encoding
  • • Basic editing features to cut, trim, rotate videos
  • • Build-in downloader allows you to extract audios, videos, and subtitles from 1000+ online sites.

  • Method 2 Use Hidden Feature of VLC Media Player to Extract Audio from Videos

    The Convert/Save option offered by VLC media player allows you to generate MP3, AAC, AC-3/A52, Vorbis, FLAC, Opus, Speex, WAV and WMA2 files from 3G2, 3GP, AVI, DIVX, DV, and other popular formats. The entire UI of the VLC media player is not intuitive, but you can follow the below steps to extract audio from video without error.

    How to Free Extract Audio from Videos by using VLC Media Player?

    1. Import the OGG File to VLC.

    Click File > Convert/Save, and then click +Add to import one or many video clips to VLC

    2. Convert Video to Audio.

    Click Convert/Save to open up the Convert panel.
    If you need MP3 or Vorbis as the output format, select Audio-MP3 or Vorbis from the drop-list of Profile.
    Click the gray tool icon to enter the Profile edition panel, and then click Audio codec. Tick the option box of the desired audio codec.

    Add Video Files to VLC

    3. Adjust the Audio Parameter.

    For advanced users who want a full control over the output format parameter, go to the section of Encoding parameters to adjust bitrate, channels, and sample rate.

    4. Export the Audio File.

    Click Save, and then hit Browse to add the needed output file folder.
    Click Start to extract audio from video.

    Method 3 Extract Audio in Audacity

    Audacity, a professional audio editor freeware enables you to extract audios from videos without costing a dime. Beginners need a steep learning curve to master the myriad options on audio effect and complicated audio timeline. Therefore, newbie are not advised to extract audio from Audacity. But if you are in need of grabbing audios from video clips, and then adding audio effects, give Audacity a try.

    How to Extract Audio with Audacity?

    1. Download and install Audacity.

    1) Update Audacity to the latest version.
    2) Open Audacity. Click Edit on the menu bar, and then click Preferences. Select Libraries on the pop-up window, and then click the download icon. An Audacity FAQ page will automatically open up on your browser.
    3) Click see FFmpeg installation section for Windows/Mac/Linux. Follow the guide to download and install FFmpeg.

    2. Add M4A File(s) to Audacity.

    Restart Audacity. Go to File > Open and select the DRM-free video that you would like to convert it to audio.

    Add Video Files to Audacity

    3. Extract AAC/AC3/WMA/WAV/AIFF Audio from Video.

    Click on File > Export, and then select the desired output audio format.

    4. Start the Conversion.

    Set up the destination file folder, and then click on OK to save changes. Now, Audacity is extracting audio from video.

    Method 4 Use Windows Movie Maker Convert to Extract Audio from Video on Windows 10/8/7

    Windows Movie Maker is a convenient utility that can edit videos and extract MPEG/AAC audio from videos. This free app offered by Microsoft is the epitome of simple which takes 2 steps only to convert video to audio. However, the drawbacks of Windows Movie Maker are there is no facility to adjust audio parameters, and you can't export audio in M4A, MP3, WMV or other common formats.

    How to Extract Audio from Video with Windows Movie Maker?

    1. Import the Video File to Windows Movie Maker.

    Click Add videos and photos to import the target video to the app.

    2. Convert Video to Audio.

    Click File > Save movie, and then select Audio only.

    Extract Audio from Windows Movie Maker

    3. Set the Output Folder Path.

    Select the output file folder.
    Click Save to start extracting audio from video.

    Note: Microsoft doesn't provide a download link of Windows Movie Maker anymore. You need to download Windows Live Essentials from online archive for getting Movie Maker back.

    Method 5 Separate Audio from Video via Free Online Audio Extractor

    Online-convert can help us create audio from small videos without all the hassle. The audio converting and editing features of online-convert aren't as extensive as other apps on this list. As a web-based app, it comes with some common downsides, as like, the audio/video processing efficiency still relies high on your network environment, and you can't convert any file that is larger than 100 Megabyte. But, it is definitely helpful for you to convert small video clips to audio as it supports 150+ input file formats and allows you to change the audio codec parameter.

    How to Extract Audio from MP4, AVI, MOV Videos Free Online?

    Step 1: Select the Desired Output Audio Format.

    Enter the official site of online-convert. Go to Audio converter, there I select Convert to MP3 as I need to extract MP3 from video.
    You are also allowed to select AAC, AIFF, FLAC, M4R, MMF, MP3, OGG, and WAV as the target audio format.

    Step 2: Load Video to online-convert.

    Drag and drop the source file to this online video-to-audio converter. Or click Choose Files to add one or many video clips to the app.

    Extract Audio from Online Converter

    Step 3: Convert Video to Audio.

    Adjust the output parameters including bitrate, resolution and audio channels, etc.

    Step 4: Start the Extraction

    Click on the Start Conversion button to activate online-convert start extracting audio from video.

    VideoProc: Powerful media converter and editor software

    VideoProc is a powerful media software program. Customers can easily separate an audio from an MP4 or other video formats. And they can immediately edit the audio, which is not feasible in other applications. It will constantly get updated and improved and provide professional support service to better serve customers.


    Kayla Collins

    Kayla Collins, a senior member of Digiarty software for 5 years, knows a thing or two about digital devices & video processing software like GoPro, DSLR camera, Drone, iPhone iPad, iMac, iMovie, etc. and is glad to share her knowledge to help people out of trouble. She's also deeply passionate about yoga, jogging, roller-skating, handcraft, reading, music, movie and more.

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