5 Ways to Losslessly Extract Audio from MP4 without Re-encoding

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Many of you must have encountered a situation where you want to extract audio from MP4 video. Maybe the OST music is just so touching and melodious that you want to set it as your ringtone. Maybe the background audio and the video don't match. Or maybe the melody of the audio of the current MP4 video clip fits better for another video. You need to find a proper tool to help extract audio from MP4 with 100% fidelity preserved.

Convert MP3 to M4A with Videoproc
Convert MP3 to M4A with Videoproc

While extracting audios from videos using HandBrake or VLC can be totally free, you are likely to get into troubles. Like, those audio extractors can't correctly read your videos in MP4, MOV, Xvid, MP2V, and many other formats. And what frustrates users most is the complex operation and inconvenience of extracting process.

Is it possible to find a solution that can easily rip audio from MP4? Yes, this post guides 5 of the easiest methods to strip 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.

#1. How to Losslessly Extract Audio from MP4 with VideoProc

To extract audio from MP4 on Mac or Windows, VideoProc is an application you shouldn't miss out. 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.

Step 1. Import Videos to VideoProc.

Convert MP3 to M4A with Videoproc
Convert MP3 to M4A with 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.

Step 2. Extract MP3 from MP4.

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.).

Convert MP3 to M4A with Videoproc
Strip MP3 from MP4 with Videoproc

Step 3. Save the extracted audio.

Choose the output folder, then click "RUN" to rip audio from MP4.

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.


Extract MP3 from MP4 in VideoProc
Extract MP3 from MP4 in VideoProc

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.

#2. How to Extract Audio from MP4 using VLC Media Player

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 strip audio from MP4 without error.

Step 1. Import the MP4 File to VLC.

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

Step 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.

Strip MP3 from MP4 in VLC
Strip MP3 from MP4 in VLC

Step 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.

Step 4. Export the Audio File.

Click Save, and then hit Browse to add the needed output file folder.
Click Start to rip sound from MP4.

#3. How to Rip Audio from MP4 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 using Audacity. But if you are in need of grabbing audios from video clips, and then adding audio effects, give Audacity a try.

Step 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 to see FFmpeg installation section for Windows/Mac/Linux. Follow the guide to download and install FFmpeg.

Step 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.

Separate Audio from MP4 using Audacity
Separate Audio from MP4 using Audacity

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

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

Step 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.

#4. How to Extract Audio from MP4 in Windows Movie Maker

A free Windows only tool - Windows Movie Maker can also help extract audio from MP4. Whether it is a live concert or a talk show, simply import the MP4 file to Movie Maker and let it save the sound only. The problem is, Movie Maker only allows you to extract m4a from a video.

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.

Rip MP3 Audio from MP4 in Windows Movie Maker
Rip MP3 Audio from MP4 in Windows Movie Maker

Step 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.

#5. How to Strip Audio from MP4 via 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.

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 MP4 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 MP4 on Online-convert
Extract MP3 from MP4 on Online-convert

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.

Final Words

Among above 5 solutions, VideoProc is our top recommendation. Customers can easily strip an audio from 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. Give it a try now.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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