How to Extract Music From Video Files Using VLC 0.9

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I’ve been using the VLC media player as my default player for DVD’s and video files since version 0.7. It plays all known major formats (including FLV!), it has a clean, simple and functional interface and it’s relatively light on consumption of resources. (It can also stream, but I haven’t tried it). However, I still don’t use it for playing audio files, Winamp is still my preferred audio player, mostly because the playlist viewer and media library still needs a lot of reworking.

Still, if you dig deep into the program, you will be surprised at the wealth of things you can do with VLC. One of them, and which was the whole point of this article anyway (I just made a short introduction because I assumed that some readers may have never heard of the program), was the ability to extract the sound part of a video and convert it into a format that can be heard in an audio player.

For instance, at one time, I downloaded the Prutalastas ad of Oishi for the mango variant, then extracted the sound, which once became my default ringtone. I stumbled upon the method on Digg, unfortunately I cannot find the exact webpage anymore, luckily I have saved the method as an Opera note. I also made some minor changes to the steps, mostly because latter versions didn’t have a File > Wizard item in the menu bar. Here are the steps:

  1. Open VLC, of course.
  2. VLC

  3. At the menu bar, click Media > Convert/Save.
  4. vlc_menu

  5. Navigate to the location of your video, then click Convert/Save.
  6. In the next window, click the checkbox marked File, then click the [Browse…] button (Alternately, you may skip the next method by manually typing the address of the file, for example, C:\filename.mpg. You can specify the filename, but don’t forget to include the .mpg file extension). This step will determine where VLC will place the output file. Also, the .mpg extension means that the resulting file is an MPEG file and not an MP3, yet.
  7. If you clicked the button, use the next window to navigate to your preferred location of the output file (such as My Documents or the desktop, for example). Type your desired filename in the file name prompt, and don’t forget to include the .mpg file extension. Click [Save] when you’re done.
  8. Typically, in the profile section, you start at the Encapsulation tab. Click the MPEG 1 radio button.
  9. Click the Audio Codec tab, then check the Audio checkbox. Select MP3 as the Codec, and for the Bitrate, input any value that you want. The typical value for good quality MP3 is 128, but a higher value such as 160 or 192 produces better quality sound.
  10. Click [Save]. After this, the actual conversion takes place and will finish shortly, depending on the length of the video.
  11. Redo the steps, except that this time, for step 3, select the mpg you have just created. (You know where it went, don’t you?)
  12. For steps 4-6, now use .mp3 as your file extension, and for the Encapsulation, select RAW.

You may check the resulting file by playing it in your favorite media player. Here are some sample MP3’s obtained using this method:

Secondhand Serenade – Your Call (video rip)


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