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How to Extract Audio from Video on Windows 10/Mac/iPhone/Android

Cedric Grantham updated on Feb 23, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

Sometimes, when you're watching an MP4, movie, or animation, you might enjoy the audio clip in the video file. And the audio file may have no other resources available. In this case, how do you keep the audio alone? Based on similar needs, we create this tutorial to show you how to extract audio from a video file, including MP4, AVI, FLV, MPEG, and more. We’ve come up with different ways to help you detach audio from video on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android.

1. Use an Ultimate Video Editor on Windows

EaseUS Video Editor is one of the most popular video editing tools that offer you all the basic and advanced features. You can use it to add texts/special effects/metadata/filters to a video, crop/rotate/merge video, convert MP4 to GIF, convert MP4 to MP3, and more. Of course, it also allows you to extract audio from video and save in MP3 and AAC.

Now, download this video editor and detach audio from video with step by step guides.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Video Editor on your computer. In the Media part, click the "Import" button in the upper left corner to load the source video. Or you can directly drag files to import. You can choose to import a file or import a folder.  

import file

Step 2. Click the Add button to add the video file to the video track. Or you can right-click the video and choose "Add to Project".

add to project

Step 3. Right-click the video on the video track, and choose "Audio Detach". Then, the audio file will be loaded to the soundtrack. If you want to export the subtitle, select "Extract subtitle".

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Step 4. Click the "Export" button to save the audio file locally. You can choose MP3 or AAC format, and set the name and destination folder of the Audio file as you need. Besides, you can click the gear-shaped button to choose to export the audio file in high quality. Then, click "Export' to start the process.

export extracted audio file

2. Use Audio Extractor Online to Detach Audio from Video

Audio Extractor is a free online app that can help extract audio from video with ease. You can open files from your local computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, or a URL. Apart from saving the detached audio file in MP3 or WAV, you can also save it as an iPhone ringtone.

Note: This tool has a limit to your original video files. The maximum size of a file you can open is 2048 Mb.

Step 1. Open the online audio converter (search Audio Extractor in Google).

Step 2. Click "Open files". And choose the format in which you want to convert the sound.

Step 3. You can click Advanced Settings to customize the audio files. Then, click "Convert" and wait until the file is converted; then click "Download".

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3. Use VLC Media Player on Windows

On Windows computer, one built-in media player, called VLC, can separate audio from video. VLC is a free and open-source portable cross-platform media player software that supports many audio and video compression methods and file formats, including DVD-Video, video CD, and streaming protocols. You can use the Convert/Save feature of this program to pull audio from any downloaded YouTube video.

Step 1. Open VLC. Go to "Media" > "Convert/Save".

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Step 2. Once you click Convert/Save, a dialog box will pop up where you can select the file which you need to extract audio from. You can click "Show more options" to select the precise timeline you need an audio file for. Then, click "Convert/Save".

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Step 3. Next, a Stream Output box will appear. You can select either OGG or MP3 as an output profile. Click "Browse" to set the name and destination of the audio file. Then, click "Start" and let the data stream. When the process finished, open the MP3 file.

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4. Extract Audio from Video with Audacity on Windows and Mac

Audacity is a free and open-source digital audio editor and recording application software. You can use it to extract audio from video on Windows, macOS, Linux, and other Unix-like operating systems. Audacity is one of the best software for versatile audio engineering requirements. To extract audio from the video clip with Audacity is easy, do as following guides.

Step 1. Download and open Audacity on your Windows or macOS computer.

Step 2. Click "Open Files" and then go to “File” again and select the "Export" option and choose "Export as MP3", "Export as WAV" based on your needs.

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instruction to finish separating the audio from the video at the end.

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5. Extract Audio from Video on Mac Using QuickTime

QuickTime is an extensible multimedia framework capable of handling various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity. For Mac users, you can detach audio from video in QuickTime and export it to save it as an audio file.

Step 1. Open QuickTime Player.

Step 2. Click "File" > "Open File" to import the target video you want to extract audio from.

Step 3. Go to "File" again, scroll to "Export" in the pop-out menu. Choose "Audio Only". Name your file, choose its location, and click "Save".

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6. Extract Audio from Video on iPhone Using iMovie

To separate audio from video on the iPhone, one way is to use iMovie, which is the best video editing program for Mac users. By default, iMovie imports audio and video from the same source into one clip. You can detach the audio from a video clip easily. The extracted audio clip behaves just like any other audio clip in iMovie. You can re-edit optionally, such as move it, trim it, apply an audio effect to it, and so on.

Step 1. In the timeline, select a video clip with audio.

Step 2. Choose "Modify" > "Detach Audio" (or press Option-Command-B). Then, the audio will be removed from the video clip quickly and appears on the audio track (with a green bar) attached below the video clip.

Step 3. Now, you can save or edit the extracted audio file as you want. You can attach the audio clip to any other video file.

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If you want to do it on your phone directly instead of on the computer, you also can use an app on the App Store. To extract audio files on your phone, you need to download a play store app called Extract Audio from Video. After importing the video file in MP4, 3GP, or WEBM, you can choose the target audio format. Then simply click "Extract" to save the removed audio file.

7. Detach Audio from Video on Android with Audio Extractor

To extract audio from video on Android phones, it's a little tedious to convert video online. But you can use an Android app to make it effortlessly. Video to MP3 Converter is a capable video redacting application that provides you four options: Audio Cutter, Video Cutter, Video to Audio, Output.

You can tap on "Video to Audio" and select the video file you want to extract the audio from. Choose either Simple or Advanced mode, then tap on “Convert” at the bottom to begin. When finished, you can either play the audio or set it as your ringtone on your phone.

 

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Summary

With the six methods introduced here, you can do audio extraction on Windows 10, Mac, iPhone, or Android phone with ease. The audio extractors mentioned can handle all the common video files downloaded from YouTube/Instagram/Facebook/Vimeo, and any recorded videos.

If you want to do more video editing work, such as create effects like "Picture in picture", correct color, animate text/vide/effects, and more, we recommend you try an exclusive video editor, like EaseUS Video Editor, to upgrade your video editing skills.

Page Content

  • 1. Using Video Editor
  • 2. Using Online Audio Extractor
  • 3. Using VLC Media Player
  • 4. Using Audacity
  • 5. Using QuickTime on Mac
  • 6. Using iMovie on iPhone
  • 7. Using Audio Extractor on Android

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