Extract audio from video on Mac using Quicktime Player

Ever wanted to extract background music, sound or audio from a movie or video on your Mac? There are various ways to accomplish this on Mac. QuickTime Player that comes with your Mac can help you get the job done for free. Do not think of Quicktime as a video player. It is far more than just a media player. For example, you can use it to record movie, audio and your computer screen, edit videos, extract audio or music from movies, etc.

Steps to extract audio from video on Mac using Quicktime Player

Extract audio from video using QuickTime Player is easy as long as it’s not copy protected by DRM. Launch the QuickTime player on your Mac. Open the video or movie file, in MOV, MP4, M4V or AVI format, using QuickTime player. Choose File >> Export >> Audio Only. See below screenshot.

export audio, music from video movie using quicktime player for mac

After that you will get a file save dialogue where you can give the audio file a name, choose a folder to save it. Click Save button, the audio file will be exported from the source video file and saved as a AAC audio file in .m4a format.

Extract audio from video on PC

If you are using a Windows PC, you can make use of the Windows Movie Maker that came with your Windows computer to extract audio or sound track from video files. You can follow this tutorial to extract audio from video on PC using Windows Movie Maker.
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Third-party video to audio conversion solutions

If you choose the Quicktime for Mac or Windows Movie Maker to convert video files to audios, you may find they do not support your video or movie files. For example, the QuickTime player can’t play or convert WMV, FLV, MKV, VOB files. Also the output audio format is limited to M4A only. You can’t convert videos to MP3 or other popular music formats unless you upgrade to the pro version. Here we recommend a professional video convert which can help you convert any video files to audio on PC and Mac.