Sometimes, you want to convert your video and just keep the audio and save it as an MP3. It’s simple to extract music from videos. You don’t have to download any additional software to do it if your computer already has VLC Media Player installed. The convert feature that comes with the free player allows you to remove the video part and just keep the audio or the music. That means you can remove all those moving images and just save it as an MP3 or any other audio format like WAV, FLAC or OGG. This is a great feature if you want to just keep the music from the music videos. You’d be reducing the file size drastically.
To just keep the audio (music) of video files using VLC Media Player:
- Click on Media > Convert/Save [CTRL + R].
- Click on Add.
- Browse and open your video file.
- Click on Convert/Save.
- Under Settings, in Profile choose Audio – MP3.
- Hit Browse and give a destination file name with the extension ending in .mp3.
- Click Start.
The conversion process will begin immediately. You will notice the audio extraction process happen as it is indicated by the player’s progress slider. Once the slider reaches the end, you can browse to and locate the destination audio file. The size will be low and the MP3 file can be easily copied to your smartphone, music player or any other mobile audio playing device.
The conversion from video to audio is not just limited to MP3 format. You must have noticed other formats in the convert dialog. The profiles that come by default are Vorbig (OGG), FLAC and CD. You can also select WAV as the encapsulation in the conversion profile editor. There are also several audio codecs like MPEG Audio, MPEG 4 Audio (AAC), A52/AC-3, Vorbis, Flac, Opus, Speex and WMA2. These are advanced audio formats and just MP3 would be enough for the most of us.