How to Split Audio From Video

By Hoot Gibson

The internet is filled with a wide variety of videos covering every subject under the sun. The audio and video are part of the same file. What if you wanted to separate and save the audio portion of a video? Perhaps you like a video of your favorite rock band and want to save the audio portion of it to put on your MP3 player at a later time. This can be done quickly using basic software programse.

Things You'll Need

  • Movie Maker (Windows 7 version)
  • Audacity
  • Free video to mp3 converter

Split audio from Video with Windows movie maker.

Step 1

Download Movie Maker (Windows Version 7). Go to the "Windows Live" website (see Resources). Click on "Download Now." Click "Run." Check "Movie Maker" next to the boxes of the programs you want to install. Click "Next." Check the boxes if you want Bing as your default search provider and MSN as your browser homepage. Uncheck them if you don't. Click "Next." Movie Maker will install.

Step 2

Open Movie Maker. Click the "Start" menu on the lower left of your screen and click "All Programs." Click on "Movie Maker." The video editing program will open.

Step 3

Import video into Movie Maker. Click "Import video" Click on the video file you want the audio to be split from. Click "Import."

Step 4

Split audio from video. Click and drag the clip you want to use into the area of Movie Maker's time line that is labeled "Audio/Music." Click "Save to my computer." Choose a name for the file and pick a destination location. Saving to the desktop usually works well. Click "Next." Choose a quality setting and click "Next." Click "Finish." The audio is now a separate file and will play in your computer's default media player.

Split audio from video with Audacity.

Step 1

Download Audacity. Go to the Audacity site (See Resources.) Choose the operating system you have from the list and click on "Installer." Click "Run." Choose a language. Click "Next." A welcome screen appears. Click "Next." Read the provided information and click "Next." Choose a destination file folder and click "Next." Check "Create a desktop icon." Click "Next." Click "Install." Read more information. Click "Next." Click "Finish." Audacity will open on your screen.

Step 2

Add file to Audacity. Click "File." Arrow over "Import" and click on "Raw data" from the menu. Find and click on your video file. Click "Open." The file will be imported.

Step 3

Save the audio portion as an MP3 file. Click "File." Click "Export." Click the audio file type you want from the "Save as type" drop down menu. For example you can click "MP3." Click "Save." Tag the file with information such as "Artist name" and "Track title." Click "OK." AT this point a pop up menu appears that says "Audacity needs the file lame_enc.dll to create MP3s. You must download this plug- in to proceed. Click "Download." A page with a link to this file appears. Click on the download link. Click "Save file." Open the file and click "Run." Click "Next." Accept the license agreement and click "Next." Choose a file destination location. Click "Next." Click "Install" then click "Finish." Now Click "File" then "Export." Choose the destination folder and click "Save." The audio file will now be separated from the video and saved as an MP3 file.

Split audio from video using "Free Video To MP3 Converter" by DVDVideosoft.

Step 1

Download the MP3 converter. Go to the DVDvideosoft website (See Resources.) Click "Download Free Video to MP3 Converter." Click "Run." Choose a language. Click "OK." Click "Next." Accept the license agreement and click "Next." Choose a destination folder. Click "Next." Uncheck the boxes that offer toolbars and changes to your default search and homepage settings.Click "Next." Click "Install." Click "Finish." Free Video to MP3 Converter will open on your screen.

Step 2

Add video file to the converter. Click the upper Browse button to select an input file from your computer. Click on the file you want to separate the audio from. Click "Open."

Step 3

Click the lower "Browse" button. Choose a destination location for your separated audio file. Click "OK." Click "Convert." The audio will be separated from the video file and saved onto your computer as an MP3.