Complete Guide | How to Extract Audio from Video in 3 Different Ways

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Myra Posted on Jul 17, 2018 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

It's no doubt that there are many ways you can use to extract audio from video files. However, these methods are not equally convenient. That's why I prefer to introduce three commonest and most popular ways to help you rip audio off videos in this article.

If you have the video stored on your computer, go to Part 2 and choose one of the three ways to extract audio from the video according to your needs. While if the video you want to extract audio from is an online video, like videos on YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, MySpace, BBC, and more, you are recommended to download videos from websites to your computer first in Part 1, then apply one of the methods provided in Part 2 to extract audio from it.

Part 1: How to download videos from websites to your computer

Since all the three methods introduced in this article are used to extract audio from videos that are saved on your computer, thus, if you want to extract audio from an online video, like extracting audio from YouTube video, you need to download the video from the website to your computer first. The FREE tool that can help you do it is EaseUS MobiMover Free, the tool for video download, data transfer, and file management.

What can MobiMover do as a video downloader?

With MobiMover installed on your Mac or PC, you can FREELY download videos from YouTube and other popular sites like Vimeo, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Metacafe, Break, Dailymotion, BBC, YouKu, MiaoPai, and more to your computer or mobile device like iPhone/iPad.

Now, take a look at how to download videos from the website using the URL.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiMover, choose "Video Downloader" and select the location to download online videos to your computer (PC or Mac) or mobile device. You need to connect an iOS device to your computer if you choose your iDevice to save the video.

download videos from any site using URL - Step 1

Step 2. Copy the URL of the video you want to download, paste it into the bar in MobiMover, then click "Download".

download videos from any site using URL - Step 2

Step 3. After you click the "Download" button, MobiMover will quickly analyze the URL and download the video to your computer or iPhone/iPad. When it has finished, you will be able to access and watch the video on your device. 

download videos from any site using URL - Step 3

As mentioned above, MobiMover can also serve as a data transfer and file management tool, which means you can use it to transfer files from computer to iPhone/iPad, back up iPhone/iPad to computer, sync data from one iOS device to another, and manage your iDevice content by deleting, editing, or adding items from computer. Don't hesitate to give this versatile tool a try.

Part 2: How to extract audio from video in 3 ways

Choose one of the three methods below:

Audio Extractor

Step 1: Open a browser on your computer and visit

Step 2: Click the Open video button and select the video you want to extract audio from on your computer. Then wait for the video to be uploaded.

Step 3: Choose a video format according to your needs, mp3, wav, iPhone ringtone, m4a, flac, ogg, mp2, or amr. (If you choose iPhone ringtone, you probably needs to transfer ringtones from computer to iPhone.)

Step 4: Click the Extract audio button to start extracting audio from the video.

Step 5: When it has finished, click Download on the screen to download the audio to your computer.

How to extract audio from video using Audio Extractor

VLC Media Player

Step 1: Open VLC on your computer and go to Media > Convert/Save.

Step 2: Click the Add button to choose the video you want to extract audio from, then click the Convert/Save button.

Step 3: Choose Audio-MP3 in the drop-down menu of Profile.

Step 4: Click Browse in the Destination section to set a storage path for the audio.

Step 5: Click Start to begin ripping audio off the video. When it has completed, go to the select folder in Step 4 to check the audio. (If you need to, you can transfer MP3 to your iPhone.)

How to extract audio from video using VLC


Note: To open video files with Audacity, you need to make sure you have installed the FFmpeg plugin on your computer.

Step 1: Open Audacity on your computer and drag the video into the Audacity window.

Step 2: If the video you choose has different audio sources, select the video source you prefer and click OK.

Step 3: Choose File > Export Audio, set a name for the audio, choose the audio format and click Save.

How to extract audio from video using Audacity