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How Do I Just Extract the Audio from My MP4 Video?

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.

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

Besides extracting audio from video, VideoProc, as one-stop video processing software, can process video and auido fast with at ease

As a fancy audio extractor and video processor, what VideoProc can help you?

  • • Support to batch extract audio from video in 3 easy steps
  • • Customize the audio codec parameters and metadata information.
  • • Convert a video to an audio, such as extract AAC, MP3 from MP4, MKV, MOV without re-encoding thanks to pass-through technology.
  • • Convert video from 370+ formats to 420+ video and audio formats including MP4, WMV, MOV, FLV, AVI, DivX, MP3, OGG, and M4A, etc.
  • • Process audio and video at speed 47X faster than real-time play without sacrificing in quality.
  • • Build-in downloader allows you to extract audios, videos, and subtitles from 1000+ online sites.

  • Then let's get to know how to extract audio from video in MP4 and some other video formats with VideoProc.

    How to Extract the Audio from a Video in 3 Steps ?

    1. Import Videos to VideoProc.

    Free download VideoProc and install it on your Windows or Mac.
    Open VideoProc, click Video > + Video to Add one or many videos to this fancy auido extractor.

    Add Video Files to VideoProc

    2. Extract Audio from Video.

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

    You can set other parameters by clicking "Codec Option" button on the top right of the interface to set the parameter for the extracted auido.
    Also you can click Name & Tag on which you can edit the output name, song name, artist, genre, comment, lyrics, etc.

    Edit Music File Name Tag

    3. Export Audio from Video.

    Choose the output folder, then click "RUN" button to let VideoProc start to extract audio from video.

    Extracting Audio from MP4

    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 Take Advantages of Audio Editor Freeware to Convert Video to Audio

    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 Make Use of Online Audio Extractor to Turn Small Video to Audio

    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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