You know clearly that the audio files are much smaller in size compared to videos. By extracting audio from videos, you can send the audio via email and upload it to cloud service much faster. Furthermore, if you like particular music from your video, or want to detach the audio from a movie and attach it to another video. Whatever your needs may be, you will find 4 easy, quick, and more importantly, FREE ways to extract audio from MP4 and other videos in this article. To convert audio from videos for free and do further video editing tasks, you could try the Windows video editor – MiniTool MovieMaker. If you are looking for single-purpose video tools to extract sound from videos, you can also find some solutions here.
1. Extract Audio from MP4 with MiniTool Free Video Editor
MiniTool MovieMaker is a good free program for Windows users to easily extract audio from video with lossless quality.
For over 10 years, MiniTool Software company has been developing partition management software (MiniTool Partition Wizard), data recovery solutions, and Windows backup utilities. Their software products have been recommended by tons of technology websites including WindowsReport, PCWorld, CNET, TechRadar, PCMag, LifeWire etc. Now MiniTool Software has added multimedia software to its product line.
Their video editing software MiniTool MovieMaker can work as a free, user-friendly tool for you to extract audio from MP4 files and videos in other formats. Download and install the audio extractor on PC, then you could follow the simple tutorial to extract audio from MP4 videos.
Step 1: Import one or multiple video files to the program.
After launching the free MP4 audio extractor, click the “Import Media Files” button to import the file(s). When it is done, drag and drop that file to the timeline at the lower part of the software interface.
Besides MP4, MiniTool MoveiMaker also supports extracting audio from the video files in AVI, MOV, MKV, or other formats. The process of audio extracting is the same as the way you extract audio from MP4 videos.
Step 2: Now you should click the “Export” button in the upper right corner (see image below).
You will see there are many output format options listed on the window, choose MP3 now. Finally, click the “Export” button, that is all.MiniTool software will get started to extract audio from MP4 immediately, wait for a few seconds and you can find the audio file on your computer.
2. Extract Audio from MP4 with the Help of Online Tool
Online tools are suitable for people who do not extract sound from video often, and those who do not want to install third-party audio extractor software on their computers. If you have done a search on Google, you will find tons of tools that can extract audio from MP4 online. From my experience, Online Audio Converter is a practical tool because it supports a great many video file formats and can extract audio from MP4 video files easily and quickly. If you wish to extract audio from videos online with this tool, please read the instructions below.
Step 1: Visit the official site of this online audio converter on your computer → then click “Open files” at the top of the page → now choose the MP4 video from which you want to extract audio.
(Here is a tip for you. The site has a limit for the single video file that you are can upload, 2048 MB is the maximum size allowed.)
Step 2: The MP3 is the default format for the output audio file. That means you only need to click the Extract Audio button, wait for a few moments and you will get the MP3 audio file. If you prefer to export the audio in M4A, OGG, FLAC format or save the audio as an iPhone ringtone, you need to choose other options that are listed on the page.
Step 3. Confirm and hit on the “Download” button to save the audio now.
3. Use Audacity to Extract only the Audio from MP4 Files
Audacity is a digital audio editing software for you to use free on Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms. Please follow the steps to extract audio from MP4, you could edit the audio later if you want.
Step 1: First of all, download and install the Audacity program.
(Please pay attention, if you want to create MP3 files with the help of Audacity, you need to install FFmpeg library beforehand. )
Step 2: Import one MP4 file to the software, after that, select a format for the output file.
- Click on “File”→ then hit “Open” to import one MP4 video file stored on your computer.
- Now click “File”, when it’s done, click the “Export” button.
- From the options, please select one format you need, for example, Export as OGG, Export as MP3, Export as WAV.
- Confirm, and then choose a destination folder to store the final audio file, enter a file name. You can choose a different bit rate and quality for your audio file in this step. At last, click the “Save” button, wait a few seconds for the program to finish the audio extracting process.
4. Use VLC Player to Extract Audio from MP4
Some users do not know that the VLC media player is capable of exacting background music and sound from MP4 videos. Download and install VLC on your computer, open the program, and then follow the steps, you could convert the MP4 video to MP3 with no hassle.
Step 1: At first, click the “Media” button at the top menu, and then hit on “Convert/Save”.
Step 2: Go ahead and begin to extract audio from MP4 now.
- Under “Profile”, please select the format for the output file, you can choose MP3, OGG, or FLAC.
- Click “Destination”, browse a destination folder, enter a name for the new audio file that VLC is going to extract, when it is done, click the “Save” button.
- Now is the last step. Click the “Start” button, VLC will begin to extract the audio from that video file immediately.