Q - "Is there a simple way to convert YouTube videos to audio tracks? I got a YouTube video, and I really love the audio of it. How can I convert video to audio? Free way is preferred. Thanks in advance. Well, the video is .mkv."
Having a YouTube video running on portable devices requires high-speed internet and will consume quite a lot of mobile resources. However, sometimes you just want to listen to the audio from YouTube videos offline, e.g. hot music videos, certain lectures, discussion shows, vlogs, etc and create audio playlists easily. So, you might ask, how to convert video into audio? How can a YouTube video be converted to an MP3 audio file? Is there any video to audio converter software? Every problem has been deftly solved here. And we divide the how-to guide into two parts to help you convert YouTube videos online to audio or extract MP3/AAC/FLAC from local video files separately.
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Extracting audio from videos in different file types, such as online movie/music videos or local saved videos, is no picnic for common video converter software but will be a breeze with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe. Being an all-in-one video downloader converter software, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe allows users to download and convert any video (4K UHD, HD, SD) to audio files in MP3, AAC, iPhone Ringtone, AC3, WMA, AIFF, CAF, DTS, OGG, AU, RA, WAV, FLAC, ALAC. Thanks to its latest update adding support for hardware accelerated video encoding decoding technology, converting video to audio can be finished extremely fast as long as your PC or Mac is configured with QSV-allowed CPU or CUDA/NVENC-enabled GPU.
Next is an example with steps to convert local videos to audio MP3.
Step 1: Download and install the video to audio converter software.
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Step 2: Click the first "+ Video" button to browse to load your source video content.
* Supported input formats: MPEG-4, H.264, H.265, AVCHD, WMV, Blu-ray, MKV, etc
Step 3: Click Music tab on the bottom of the interface, and select MP3, which is recommended for being widely accepted by any devices. Based on your needs, you can also convert video to audio AAC, AC3, FLAC, AIFF, OGG, etc.
Step 4: Click Browse button to set a destination folder to save the output file.
Step 5: Click button "RUN" to convert video to audio.
Next are steps to download and convert online videos to audio, taking YouTube as an example: convert YouTube Star Wars soundtrack video to iPhone ringtone.
Step 1: Go to YouTube, search for the video you want to extract audio, and copy its ULR.
Step 2: Open WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe and click Downloader button and then you will be lead to the window for video downloading.
Step 3: Click "Add Video" button, paste and analyze the link.
Step 4: Soon, there's a list showing all available video and audio formats. Select the audio format to directly download YouTube video to audio or you can download the video and then convert it to music if you don't get a desired audio format from the list.
In this example, there are only 2 available audio formats: m4a and webm, no iPhone Ringtone format M4R. So, choose any video and click the "Download Selected Videos" button to add it into the download list. Next, click "Download Now" button to save it to hard drive.
Step 5: Back to WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe home page and click Video button. Click "+Video" button to load the downloaded video, and then move to "Music" tab and select "M4R AAC" as output format.
Step 6: Click "Browse" button to choose a destination folder to store the audio file.
Step 7: Press "RUN" to start converting video to audio iPhone Ringtone.
Note: Hardware acceleration (Intel, NVIDIA, AMD) will be auto enabled for speeding up video to audio downloading and conversion.
Audio file format [wiki] - a file format for storing digital audio data on a computer system. The bit layout of the audio data (excluding metadata) is called the audio coding format and can be uncompressed, or compressed to reduce the file size, often using lossy compression.
• Uncompressed audio formats: WAV, AIFF, AU
• Formats with lossless compression: FLAC, ALAC, Monkey's Audio, WavPack, TTA, ATRAC, WMA Lossless, Shorten, etc.
• Formats with lossy compression: MP3, AAC, WMA, Vorbis, Musepack, ATRAC, Opus
• Video Transcoder: Transcode videos to HEVC, H.264, AVI, MOV, 3GP, MP3, FLAC etc.
• Video Editor: Cut, merge, crop, rotate, flip videos as well as improve video/audio quality by deshaking, denosiing, correcting fisheye.
• Also plays as a DVD converter, video downloader and screen recorder.
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