Videos are basically moving images or pictures. Nowadays most videos or videos streams come with an audio stream with them as well so you can hear the sound while watching the video. An important part of video production is to merge videos and audios together into one file. Sometimes however we may want to split audio from video. For example, you may want to extract audio from YouTube music video so you can play the music in a MP3 music player. Extract audio from video is easy with any video converter tools. If you are looking for a way to convert video to audio, this guide is right for you. You will learn how to convert video to audio or extract audio from video on your Mac or PC for free below.
How to convert video to audio on Mac and PC?
Video Converter Ultimate is the media converter you will need. It has two versions for Mac and Windows users separately. Go to download it below and enjoy the ease of video conversion, audio conversion, media burning, downloading and streaming. You can also convert videos to audios through recording if you do not like to use any converters. We will talk about this method in the bottom section of this article.
Run the audio and video converter on your laptop or desktop computer, you will find menus to add source videos to the converter from the top left corner. In this demo, we will be using the Windows version of this media converter. You can also drag and drop videos from your media album or folder to this converting software. On the right side, you can see the Output Format section where you can choose target audio file format, such as MP3, M4A, AAC, WMA, and so on.
In this demo, we will convert video to MP3 file format. You can choose any other supported audio format you like. It does not have to be the same as the source audio track and you do not need to know which audio codec used in the original file. For example, if the sound track of the source video is using AAC codec, you choose MP3 as the output format, then hit the Convert button, this media converter will convert audio from AAC to MP3 format and codec. You can say this media converter can extract audio track from videos, in fact in many cases it will separate or extract audio from video and convert audio to any selected audio format at the same time.
It is similar as you download YouTube videos or Vimeo videos using this software. You have the option to select target video format, so it can download videos from YouTube, Vimeo or other websites and simultaneously convert them to your selected video format. You can see an example here to download online videos from Vimeo to computer.
How to record audio from video on Mac and PC?
You can also use a voice recorder app or sound recorder app to record audio through microphone or even internal sound from your computer sound card.
In an earlier guide, we showed you how to record system audio on computer. In fact, this is a very good way for this job. If you want to extract audio from video, like to convert video to mp3, aac, wma or extract audio from Youtube video, you can simply play the video stream on your PC or Mac and record only the audio stream.
Ok, here are all the tips for converting videos to audios or extracting audio from video today. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a message in the comment section below. You are also welcome to share with us your experience and opinions.
Update Sep 2018: this article was originally published in 2015. in this update, we added the method to record internal sound from computer.