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How to convert a video to MP3

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How to convert a video to MP3: You have many music videos saved on your computer, would you like to turn them into MP3 songs to be transferred to your smartphone but you don’t know which programs to use? So let me tell you, you’ve come to the right place at the right time … and I don’t want to hear excuses that you’re not very good with your PC.

Today I will let you learn how to convert a video to MP3 using some free programs, available for both Windows and Mac, which are so simple and intuitive that even a child would be able to handle them. All you have to do is simply feed it the movie you want to transform into a piece of music, select MP3 as the target format and wait for the conversion procedure to be started and completed. In all it will take up to 5 minutes, trust me! If, on the other hand, the videos you intend to transform into MP3 are found online, you can turn to some special, very convenient web services.

Come on then, let’s not waste any more precious time! Make a nice list of all the movies you want to extract audio from and get to work immediately. I am sure that in the end you will be more than satisfied with what you have learned and that in case of need you will also be ready to explain to all your friends how to proceed. How about we bet?

ATTENTION: Downloading copyrighted audio files in an abusive way is equivalent to committing a crime. This article was written for illustrative purposes only. It is absolutely not my intention to encourage piracy, therefore I do not take any responsibility for the use you will make of the information in the guide!

MediaHuman Audio Converter (Windows / Mac)

If you want to find out how to convert a video to MP3 in an extremely easy and fast way I suggest you first of all to use an application such as  MediaHuman Audio Converter which is totally free, is available for both Windows and Mac and not only allows you to extract audio tracks from all major video file formats but also to convert audio files to each other. What more do you want?

To download the software to your computer, connected to its official website and click on the Download button located at the bottom. Subsequently, if you are using Windows open the installation package of the program MHAudioConverter.exe , click on the Yes button   and tick the item  I accept the terms of the license agreement . Then press  Next  four times in a row and complete the setup by clicking first on  Install  and then on  Finish .

If instead you are using a Mac, open the package in .dmg format that contains the software and drag the MediaHuman Audio Converter  icon to the Applications folder of macOS / OS X to install it. Then right click on the program icon and select the Open item from the context menu so that you can start the software by circumventing the limitations imposed by Apple against unauthorized developers (this operation is necessary only the first time you start the ‘application).

At this point, regardless of the operating system used, drag the videos to convert to MP3 in the MediaHuman Audio Converter window. Then click on the Format button located at the top and, in the window that opens, choose the MP3 item from the first drop-down menu, while in the second menu it indicates the quality you want to obtain in the output file.

Finally, press the Close button   and the two arrows  button  located at the top right and then wait a few moments for the conversion to be completed.

By default, all output files are stored in the Converted by MediaHuman folder contained in the Music path of your computer. However, if you need, you can change the folder by clicking first on the MediaHuman Audio Converter menu and then on Preferences . Then expand the drop-down menu located under the Output folder item , choose the Choose … option  and indicate the position on your computer that you prefer.

Freemake Video Converter (Windows)

Do you use a PC with Windows installed and are you looking for a valid alternative to the above program? Then I can not help but recommend you try Freemake Video Converter which allows you to transform all the main video file formats for free, download videos from YouTube and extrapolate the audio tracks from the videos by saving them in the form of MP3 songs.

To download it to your PC, connected to the program’s website and click on the Free download button  . Once the download is complete, open the installation file FreemakeVideoConverter.exe  and press first on  Yes  and then on  OK . Remove the tick from the entry for sending usage statistics to Freemake Video Converter  and click  Next . Check the Custom installation box  , remove the check from the option to install extra promotional software and press  Next . Then complete the setup by clicking on  Next  twice in succession.

Once installation is complete, you can easily convert a video to MP3 audio file by clicking on the + Video button located at the top left and selecting the movie from which to extract the audio. Next, click on the arrow located at the bottom right and click on the In MP3 button . Finally, select the quality in which you want to save the song from the Profiles drop-down menu and click on the Convert button to start the conversion.

By default, Freemake Video Convert saves the audio tracks extracted from the videos in the same folder as the source movies, however you can choose a custom destination folder by clicking on the […] button .

VirtualDubMod (Windows)

Free video editing programs

Another program that allows you to convert a video to MP3 easily is VirtualDubMod , a modified version of the VirtualDub video editing program that allows you to extrapolate audio tracks from all files in AVI, MPG and MKV format. To download it to your PC, connect to this page on the SourceForge website and click on the Download link .

When the download is complete, double-click on it to open the archive you  just downloaded and extract the contents to any folder. So start the VirtualDubMod.exe program and click on OK first and then on Start VirtualDubMod to access the main screen of the application. Next, select the Open video file item from the File menu and select the video from which you want to extract the audio, videos with two or more audio tracks are also supported.

Once the movie is loaded, select the Stream list item from the Streams menu , click on the name of the audio track to be extrapolated (eg AVI audio stream 1 ) and click on the Demux button to choose the folder in which to save the mp3 file obtained from the selected movie previously. Processing times are very short.

Convert.Files (Online)

You don’t have the slightest intention of downloading and installing new programs on your computer but are you still looking for a way to convert a video to MP3? Then try Convert.Files , a convenient online service at no cost that allows you to convert not only the videos on your computer but also those online (e.g. YouTube) to audio files. It works from any web browser and from any operating system and does not require accessory plugins.

To use it, connected to its home page , click on the Browse button  which you find in the word Choose a local file: and select the video on your computer which you want to convert to MP3. Then select the Estracted audio only (.mp3) item from the drop-down menu at the bottom right and then click on the Convert button .

If instead the video you want to convert is online, copy the link of the latter, put the check mark next to the item Or download it from  on the service page and paste the url of the movie in the appropriate empty field. To conclude, choose the Extracted audio only (MP3) item from the Output format drop-down menu and press the Convert button  to start the procedure by which to extrapolate the movie.

After a few moments, regardless of whether it is a video uploaded from the computer or an online movie, a page will open with a link in the center. Right click on it and select the Save link as or Save destination as item from the menu that is shown to you in order to start downloading the MP3. If you have not made any changes to the default settings of your computer, the audio file will be saved in the Downloads folder of Windows or Mac.

CloudConvert (Online)

How to convert a video to MP3

Another great service you can consider is  CloudConvert . It is also free, very simple to use and more than effective in converting operations. It supports the conversion between more than 200 different file formats including audio, video, documents, ebooks, archives, images, spreadsheets, allows you to convert a maximum of 25 files every day (10 if you do not register by creating a free account) by intervening on a maximum of 5 files simultaneously and their weight can be equal to a maximum of 1 GB.

To use it, connect to its  main page and click on the Select Files button  to select the video file on your computer that you want to convert. Alternatively, click on the down  arrow  next to it and select the file to convert by taking it directly from the Internet (providing the URL) or from one of the supported cloud storage services.

At this point, click on the item any  that you find next to the words to the top and from the drop down menu that appears, choose the first audio and then mp3 . If you have special needs, you can also press the button with the  wrench  that you find next to the file name and adjust all the different parameters related to the file. Then remember to press  Okay  to apply and confirm the changes.

Finally, click on  Start conversion , wait for the conversion of your video to MP3 to be completed and download the final file to your computer via the Download button  . If you have not changed the default settings of the browser in use, the video transform into audio file will be saved in the Downloads folder of your PC or Mac.

YTMP3 (Online)


As an alternative to the aforementioned services and if your intention is explicitly to transform a video on YouTube into MP3 files, you can refer to YTMP3 . Also in this case it is a service that works directly from the browser – any – and that is capable of generating audio files in MP3 format with a bitrate of 192kbps.

To use it, connected to its main page , paste the address of the video to be downloaded as an audio file in the Please insert a valid video URL field  and click the Convert button  . Wait a few seconds for the connection to be processed, then click on the Download button  that appears on the screen.

At this point, you can finally say satisfied, the procedure is over! The video file converted to MP3 will therefore be saved in the Downloads folder of your computer (even in this case, if various and any changes have not been made to the default settings of the browser in use).