How Can I Extract Audio from MP4 or Other Video Files?

Posted by Adam Gorden on Jun 19, 2019 11:10 AM

extract sound from videoQ: "I've watched an interesting movie last weekend and especially impressed by the ending song. I have downloaded this film and now I want to get the song out, so that I can listen to it on other portable media players or devices. Is there any way that allows you to extract the audio from a video file and store it as an MP3 file? Thanks in advance." - Joanna from Ask Ubuntu

Many people may have encountered the same situation like Joanna and have no idea what to do next. Actually there are several different methods that can be used to solve this problem. In this post, we'll show you 4 easy solutions to extract audio from MP4 as well as other video files, including free and paid software or online audio converter, etc.

Part 1. Extract Audio from Video Losslessly
Part 2. Extract Audio from Video by Recording
Part 3. Extract Audio from Video Free
Part 4. Extract Audio from Video Online

Method 1. Extract Audio from Video with TunesKit Video Cutter

Well-known as a useful video cutting tool, TunesKit Video Cutter is actually an easy-to-use video/audio converter that allows you to convert any videos and audios. It supports tons of media file formats, and users can adopt it to extract audio from MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, MOV, VOB, WMV, 3GP, MPEG, etc. and save it as MP3, AAC, AC3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, MKA, APE, OGG, AIFF, AU, WMA, M4R, etc.

With the help of TunesKit Video Converter, you can easily convert any audio from any video file and save it in any format you want without damaging the original quality in a quick way. Besides, you're also allowed to customize your codec, bit rate, channel, etc. according to your requirements. Now just download the software and start to extract music from video file on PC or Mac.

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Key Features of TunesKit Video Cutter:

  • Extract audio from MP4 fast and losslessly
  • Support plenty of video and audio file formats
  • Convert and save the music file in any devices
  • Clear interface and easy to operate
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Watch: How to Extract Audio from MP4 Video with TunesKit

Step 1 Add MP4 file to TunesKit

add video file

Simply open TunesKit Video Cutter on the computer after completed the installation and press the 'Open' button to import the MP4 or other video file that you want extract the audio from. You can also drag and drop the target file to the program directly.

Step 2Set the segment (optional)

set duration

After the file is imported to the software, you can play it. Now preview and find the segment that contains the soundtrack you want. Drag the sliders to determine that start time and end time.

Note: If you want to extract the whole soundtrack of the video file, you can skip this step.

Step 3Choose an output format

set output format

Next click the 'Format' button and you'll see two output modes: High-speed Mode and Encoding Mode in new popup window. If you don't want any quality, please choose the first mode and leave the audio format as 'Original' under the 'General Audio'. If you don't care much about the quality, you can choose the second mode and select any format you like such as MP3, M4A, AAC, AC3, OGG, etc.

Step 4Start the conversion

convert video to audio

Now press the 'Start' button and start to extract audio from video with TunesKit. A few seconds later, the conversion process will end and you can then locate your new audio file and listen to it anytime anywhere.

Method 2. Extract Audio from Video by Recording

Another method to extract music from videos introduced here is to use a tool to record the soundtrack while it's playing. It's also a very good way since it can capture high quality audios from source video file. Here TunesKit Audio Capture is highly recommended because it is capable of recording any sound playing on any media player or device or online video-sharing platforms such as YouTube. Besides, you can also choose to keep the original ID3 info or edit it based on your requirements. Now you can learn how to use TunesKit Audio Capture to extract audio track from MP4 or other video file.

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set capture preferences

Step 1 Open TunesKit Audio Capture

Launch TunesKit Audio Capture program on your PC or Mac. Make sure the media play, web browser or other programs are included on the main interface. If not, click the "+" button to add it in.

Step 2 Play the video and record the sound

Then choose your video file to play while use TunesKit to record and extract audio from the video file that's playing on the computer.

Step 3Trim unwanted audio clips (optional)

Wait until the recording process is completed. You can now hit the 'Edit' icon to cut off the unsatisfied parts and edit the ID3 tags as you like.

Step 4Save the recorded file

Now you can click the 'Save' button to save the recording you've just got. Locate them at the 'History' folder and listen to the recorded music track.

Method 3. Extract Audio from Video in VLC for Free

As a versatile media player, VLC can also be used to extract sound from video free of charge. Yet if you're not familiar with this software, you may feel a little confused about how to use it. The following step-by-step tutorial will show you how to extract audio from MP4 with VLC media player clearly.

extract audio from video in vlc

Step 1 Open VLC media player

Launch VLC media player on your computer. Then click the Media > Convert/Save on the top menu bar.

Step 2 Add target video file to VLC

Click the Add button on the Open Media popup window and choose the video you want, and then click Open.

Step 3Select an output format

Now click the Convert/Save button at the lower right corner and choose an output format under Profile on a new window, such as OGG, MP3, FLAC.

Step 4Start to extract sound

Next click the Destination and browse a location to save your audio file. Enter a name for your new audio file with file extension at File name, and click the Save button. Now press on the Start button on the bottom right corner and start the extraction.

Method 4. Extract Audio from Video with Online Audio Converter

If you haven't installed VLC on your computer and you don't want to install any software, either, you can also extract sound from video file with free audio converter online. There are many such tools to help you, and here we will take Audio Extractor as an example. Here is how to do it.

extract audio from video online

Step 1Add video file to Audio Extractor

Go to the official site of Audio Extractor on your web browser. Click the blue 'Open video' button to import your target video file on the local folder or add it from Google Drive.

Step 2 Select audio format

There are multiple output audio formats for you to choose, and you can pick one like MP3, WAV, M4R, FLAC, OGG, AMR, MP2 etc.

Step 3Begin to extract audio

Now simply click the blue 'Extract audio' button and wait until the conversion process ends. After that, you can click the Download button to export your audio file or save it to Google Drive or Dropbox.

Summary & Suggestion

Now you know 4 different ways to extract audio from MP4 easily and freely. Online audio converter can help you achieve your purpose for free, but it's time-consuming, unstable and full of ads. VLC free media player can also do the job, yet it cannot guarantee a great output quality. If you have high demand for the quality, you can then try TunesKit Video Cutter or Audio Capture. Do you have any other ways to extract audio from video file? Share your ideas with us in the comment section below.

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