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How to Convert MP4 to WAV for Free Online and Offline

MP4 is surely the most commonly used media file format both on web and various smart devices. MP4 can store video, audio, image and subtitle files together in a single file. But sometimes we just want to keep the audio only for playback on iPod, MP3/music players and alike gadgets. So in this article we'll show you how to convert MP4 to WAV lossless audio file.

Part 1 Convert MP4 to WAV With Free WinX Video Converter

WinX Free Video Converter is 100% safe and clean. It is specially designed to fulfill video to audio/video conversion needs, including converting MP4 to WAV while remaining the highest possible quality. Look at its more specific features:

  • Free convert MP4 videos to WAV, FLAC, MP3, AAC, WMA, iPhone Ringtone etc.
  • Personlize (WAV) music file by resetting its audio channel, sample rate
  • Support batch converting (MP4) videos, trimming audio file to keep necessary part, and merging output audio files into a single one.

Free download WinX Video Converter to have a try. No maximum file size limit. You can convert 1GB and even larger MP4 file to WAV.

Pros:

  • No maximum file size limit.
  • Intuitive interface. Easy to use.
  • Fast conversion speed.
  • Batch conversion is supported.
  • All-in-one video tool: convert, compress, edit...

Cons:

  • Require download and installation.

How to Free Convert MP4 to WAV on Windows (10)

Click the download button above to download WinX Video Converter and install it on your computer by following the wizard. Once done, you can follow our steps to complete MP4 to WAV conversion. The whole converting process will be completed in several clicks.

Step 1. Input MP4 to WinX Video Converter

Click "+ Video" icon on the top toolbar to browse MP4 video file(s) on your PC, and click "open" to import source MP4 video(s) to WinX software. Alternatively, you can directly drag MP4 file(s) to the software's main interface.

Step 2. Choose WAV as the Output

After you load the MP4 video(s), an Output Profile window will pop up. Now you need to go to "to Music" category and select "WAV (Lossless Audio)" as the output format. Here a dozen of music/audio options are available to meet your needs, e.g FLAC, ALAC, MP3, AAC.

Tips: you can still convert MP4 to DVD profile, to MAC gerneral video, to Apple device, to Android pad/movile, to Microsoft device, to Sony device and to Web video (for YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo) with this all-around freeware.

Convert MP4 to WAV on Windows 10
Convert MP4 to WAV

Step 3 (Optional). Advanced Settings of Output WAV

Here you can define the destination folder to save the output WAV music by clicking "Browse" icon if you want, trim the audio under the Edit function, change WAV channel, sample rate by tapping "setting" icon.

Step 4. Start MP4 to WAV Conversion

Hit blue "RUN" button to turn MP4 video into WAV audio file. It extracts WAV out of a MP4 video at super fast speed. When the conversion is completed, your can open the output folder to enjoy WAV music or transfer it to the intended device, like Apple iPod.

Part 2 Convert MP4 to WAV with VLC

VLC is not just a media player, but also has a built-in converter. It can convert one video format to another video or audio format, including MP4 to WAV. It isn't as straightforward as WinX Video Converter, but it is also a way to go.

Pros:

  • Free and clean.
  • Provide a rich variety of features: play, convert, stream...

Cons:

  • There's a bit of a learning curve.
  • You need to create WAV profile manually.

How to convert MP4 to WAV with VLC

Step 1. Download and install VLC on your computer. Here we still download the Windows version to demonstrate.

Step 2. Open VLC media player, click Media, and select Convert / Save...

Enable Converter feature on VLC
Enable Converter feature on VLC

Step 3. Click the + Add button to load target MP4 video. Then hit Convert / Save at the bottom.

Add MP4 video to VLC converter
Add MP4 video to VLC converter

Step 4. Since VLC doesn't have a WAV profile, so you need to create a WAV profile manually.

Create new profile on VLC
Create new profile on VLC

Hit the Create a new profile icon, then the Profile edition window will show up. What you need to do is to:

  • Specify a profile name;
  • Go to Encapsulation tab and select WAV;
  • Go to Audio codec tab, check Audio, go to Codec and choose WAV. Additionally, you can also set Bitrate, Channels, and Sample Rate.
  • Hit Create button.
Create WAV profile on VLC
Create WAV profile on VLC

Now, click the drop-down list of Profile and choose the WAV profile you just create.

Step 5. Click Browse and select a destination folder. Don't forget to change the file extension to .wav.

Step 6. Hit Start and then VLC will begin converting MP4 to WAV file.

Convert MP4 to WAV with VLC
Convert MP4 to WAV with VLC

Part 3 Convert MP4 to WAV Online

If you don't want to download MP4 to WAV converter software, you can also ask online tools for help. There are many online MP4 to WAV converters, such as CloudConvert, Zamzar, Convertio, and FreeConvert.

Pros:

  • No need to download.
  • No sign up.

Cons:

  • There's a maximum file size limit.
  • Internet is required.
  • Slow speed.
  • Ad-supported.

Here let's take Zamzar as an example to show you how to convert MP4 video to WAV online.

Step 1. Click Add Files button to import target MP4 video into Zamzar.

Note:
▪ You can't upload a file larger than 50MB unless you upgrade your plan. Many online tools have set maximum file size limit.
▪ It doesn't allow importing multiple files at a time for batch conversion.

Convert MP4 to WAV online
Convert MP4 to WAV online

Step 2. Choose WAV as the output format.

Step 3. Hit Convert Now button. Then it will upload the source MP4 file to its server and convert it to WAV. Once done, you need to click Download button to save the WAV file to your computer.

Part 4 FAQs

How to convert MP4 to WAV with Audacity

Audacity can't convert MP4 to WAV, because it can't support MP4 as input. When you try to import an MP4 file, you will get an error saying that "Audacity cannot open this type of file. You need to convert it to a supported audio format, such as WAV or AIFF".

How to convert MP4 to WAV with Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player can manage and play video and audio files, but it is unable to convert MP4 to WAV.

Part 5 Extended Knowledge About WAV

WAV's full name is Waveform Audio File Format(WAVE), at times named Audio for Windows, one of the applications of Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF). It's developed jointly by Microsoft and IBM for storing audio bitstream on PCs, supportable by nearly all Windows audio hardware/programs like Windows Media Player.

WAV is the typically format of raw/uncompressed audio on Windows, and can also contain compressed audio with high quality. It rivals CD audio in quality such as 44.1 KHz sample rate, 16-bit bit rate. In spite of this, a .wav file usually is much larger than common audio formats, even lossless FLAC and APE. But TV, radio, DVD or any other media requiring top uncompromised audio quality often use WAV files like BBC Radio to deliver a perfect loop.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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