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How to Seperate/Extract Audio from MP4 Video

By Carrie Murray, Thursday, April 18, 2019

When you hear a great song from an MP4 video or when you need just the audio from a recorded video, you probably want to extract audio from the video. You'll learn how easy it is to extract audio from MP4 video files after reading this article. Here 5 methods will be introduced to you to rip audio from MP4 video on Windows and Mac computer. In fact, you can use these methods to extract audio from WMV, WebM, MOV, FLV, and videos in many other formats.

You can easily pull an audio file from video with these methods in several minutes.

Extract Audio from MP4 with An Audio Separator

The best way to rip audio from a video is by using an audio separator. PawEditor comes with audio separation feature, which can extract audio from an MP4, WMV, MOV, etc. files in just one click. Then you can save the audio separately as an MP3, WAV file. 

As a complete audio plus video editor, PawEditor also allows you to cut out unneeded part from the separated audio, adjust volume, add audio effects(balance, echo), remove background noise, adjust audio speed/sample rate/bitrate, add new background music to the video and more.

Step 1 Download PawEditor on PC running on Windows 10, 8, 7.


Step 2 Open the audio separator and create a new project if it is your first time to open the editor.

Create A New Project

Step 3 Add an MP4 video to the media library in PawEditor. Then drag the MP4 file to timeline where you can work on it.

Add Video to Timeline

Step 4 Right-click the MP4 video in the timeline and select Audio Separation.

Click Audio Separation

Step 5 The audio will be extracted from the video and show on the other track of the timeline. Delete the video without audio if you don't need to make editing on it anymore.

Extracted Audio from MP4

Step 6 You may cut, edit, apply effect on the extracted audio if you like. (Optional)

Step 7 If you want to save the ripped audio in MP3 or others, click Export Button and select a format to save it. You can configure frame rate, of the audio.

Save Extracted Audio

Extract Audio from Video on Mac

If you are having a Mac computer, there are also ways to detach audio from video. Here I recommend QuickTime player, which is a default media player on the macOS.

Step 1 Launch QuickTime from Spotlight or Finder on the Mac.

Step 2 Open the video file you want to extract audio from. Videos such as MP4, MOV are supported.

Step 3 Click File > Export to > Audio only to strip audio from the video.

Step 4 Click Save to save it to a desirable destination.

Extract Audio from Video on QuickTime

Extract Audio from Video with VLC

If you are playing movies with VLC Media Player on your computer, you can also make the audio separate from an MP4 video with VLC. But you should know that VLC can only detach audio from the video. It won't be able to let you cut or edit the audio. If you need to edit the extracted audio file, PawEditor is a better choice.

Step 1 Open VLC on your computer.

Step 2 Click Media tab, select Convert/Save.

Convert/Save Media in VLC

Step 3 In the Open Media window, click Add button to add an MP4 file you want to extract audio from.

Step 4 When the MP4 video is added, click Convert/Save.

Step 5 A Convert window will be opened, click Profile drop-down list and select Audio - MP3 to save audio from the MP4 file.

Extract Audio from Video in VLC

Step 6 You may choose the desired destination to save the extracted audio file in the Destination file.

Step 7 Click Start and VLC will begin to separate audio from your video and save it as an MP3 file.

Extract Audio from Video on iPhone & Android

Some people want to extract audio from a video directly from their phones. You can do that. Both iPhone and Android users can find in their app store some sort of audio extractor app, which can mainly convert MP4 videos to audio. However, audio extractor apps for iPhone and Android have received quite a few negative reviews - the apps didn't work as they claim; the phones were frozen during the audio extraction. Therefore, moving your videos to a computer and using a desktop audio extractor is a better strategy.

Extract Audio from YouTube MP4 Video

What if you find beautiful music in a YouTube video and would like to rip audio from the online video? There are mainly 3 ways to do that.

  • Download a YouTube video and rip audio from it with an audio extractor;

  • Play the video and use an audio recorder to record the audio from YouTube;

  • Use an online YouTube to MP3 converter.

Learn about the detailed steps at Three Ways to Rip Audio from YouTube Videos.

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