How to extract audio from a video file ?

Recently, as part of a personal music project, I had to extract audio from a video and save it as MP3. I’m going to show you two ways here: the first with the free 4K video player 5KPlayer and the second with the famous free media player VLC.

Recovering audio from video with 5kplayer

First, let’s take a look at a first method of extracting audio from video with the free 5KPlayer video player. Install 5KPlayer on your Windows or Mac computer and launch it. Add a video to the library, select it and you will then find an option to convert it to MP3 or AAC format. Click on MP3 for example, wait a few seconds, then you will get the soundtrack of the video.


5KPlayer can extract the song from the video in any format. It is able not only to convert video to audio, but also to play videos/music/DVD/IPTV and download music and videos online.

Extract audio from video with VLC

Now here is the tutorial to recover the soundtrack of a video file with the free VLC software.
VLC is a free and open source media player capable of playing most audio and video formats.

VLC is available on many operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, Android etc …

We’ll take advantage of its features to extract the audio track from a video file and save it in MP3 format.

To start, if you have not yet installed VLC, download VLC, launch its installation by double clicking on your download then let yourself be guided:

  1. Open VLC.
  2. In the main menu of VLC, click on Media then on Convert/Save.
  3. In the File tab, click Add
  4. Then select the video file from which you want to recover the audio track and press Open.
  5. Your video should appear in the File selection list, click on the Convert/Save button at the bottom.
  6. In the Settings section, select Audio – MP3 (or another audio format you want to use) as the Profile.
  7. To change the settings for recording in MP3 format, click on the tools Edit selected profile and then on the Audio codecs tab.
    You can change the codec here or change the bitrate, which will affect the quality of the recording. However, I do not recommend doing this, unless you know exactly what you are doing, the default settings are fine.
  8. Click on Browse to choose the location and name of your file (by specifying the extension .mp3 in your file name) then click on Save.
  9. Click Start to start extracting the audio track and recording it in MP3 format.

The audio track will be extracted from the video file and saved to the selected location.

Attention, the duration of the extraction depends on the size of the initial video file!

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