How to Extract Audio from Video Files using VLC?

VLC media player is cross-platform media player and streaming media server. Other than playing and streaming videos and music, it can also help us convert media files from one format to another or edit your videos as you see fit.

For example, when you transferred videos from computer to mobile phone and found they can’t be played, you can use it to transcode the original video to desired format; when a video has copyrighted music, you can use it to remove background music and add your narration or any other music or sound to it.

There are several reasons why you may need to extract audio from a video and audio splitting or extracting audio tracks from videos can be achieved using various software and online tools. You can use video editing software like iMovie for Mac, Adobe Premiere, Audacity, Capcut, InShot, VLC Media Player. Websites like Online Video Converter, Zamzar, or Convertio allow you to upload a video and extract the audio. Among these tools mentioned above, Audacity and VLC are two of the most popular free options. We have already discussed how you can convert video to audio for free using Audacity on PC. Today, we will show you the easy steps to extract audio from video for free using the open source software VLC.

How to Extract MP3 Audio from Video Files using VLC?

Do a search for VLC player on Google or Bing, then download it from its official site to your PC or Mac computer.

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Install and launch VLC player on your computer. Click the Media menu, then choose ‘Convert / Save‘ from the drop-down menu.

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The Open Media window opens. Click the Add button to browse to your media album and load the source video file into VLC player. Hit the Convert / Save button, the Convert dialogue pops up. Here you can choose an audio format from the Profile menu. For example, you can choose Audio – MP3, so VLC will create a MP3 file using the audio from input source. Also in the Convert window, click Browse button in the Destination file section to choose a folder on your computer to save the audio file to, and give a new audio file a name. Finally click the Start button to extract audio or sound track from the video source.

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When you are done, go to find the newly created audio file from the destination folder you have selected. You can then play it using VLC or any other player. You can also transfer the MP3 music to any other players and devices, such as your mobile phone, tablet, MP3 player, media player, etc.

Extra audio extraction tips

  • As we mentioned above, these are many video editors or audio extractors you can use to extract audio from video and the need to extract audio can vary depending on individual preferences, professional requirements, so you may test out those free options first see if they make sense to you and take advantage of free trial of premium media editors to make an informed purchase decision.
  • Last but not least, it’s important to note that users should comply with copyright laws and terms of service when extracting audio from videos.

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