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How to Convert MP4 to MP3?

Aftab Alam Aftab Alam Updated On - 26 Jun 2020

There are times when you want to enjoy your favorite song but you have its video files in MP4 format that is large and takes time to open in the player. You only want to enjoy the audio, but you have to wait for the video file to load and play. Fortunately, you can convert MP4 to MP3 file, and the issue is resolved.

Benefits of the MP4 format

MP4 format is a major video format that works on almost all video players due to its video quality and streaming support. MP4 is supported by most of the social media or video uploading websites.

  • MP4 is the desired format for video streaming over the Internet because of the retention of video quality and a superior degree of compression.
  • The majority of the video players support MP4 format because it supports the latest video technologies like H.264 and there is a separate hint track for encoding streaming information.
  • MP4 file can support multimedia features like stage description, 3-D objects, 2-D objects, menus or user navigation, and other interactive features.
  • An MP4 file can contain hold metadata.
  • An MP4 shows subtitles, images based on the JPEG standard and PNG format.
  • The popular open-source media players like VLC players support all the features of an MP4 file and you can play such files in the Linux-based operating systems.

Why do You Need to Convert MP4 to MP3 File?

When you require only the audio content of an MP4 video file, especially when you want to play the MP3 on the smartphone, then you will need a proper conversion (because in smartphones, there are different mobile applications to play video and audio files).

Convert MP4 to MP3 using VLC Player

If you are using VLC media player, there is a simple method that can convert the extension of the video file. Here is its process.

  1. Start VLC Media player and click Media.
  2. Start VLC Media player

  3. In the drop-down menu, choose Convert/Save option.
  4. Choose Convert option

  5. In the File tab, click the Add button to search for the video file.
  6. search the video file

  7. Go to the location of the video file and select it, then click Open.
  8. select location of the video file

  9. After selecting the video file, click the Convert/Save button.
  10. save video file

  11. In the Settings category, expand the Profile drop-down and select the Audio-MP3 option.
  12. select the Audio-MP3

    After selecting the MP3 option, click the Browse button beside Destination file.

  13. When you go for selecting the location, then the Save as type option will be in MP3 format that shows that the new file will be in MP3 format. Choose the location and click Open.
  14. Browse button beside Destination file

  15. After choosing all the settings for the conversion, click the Start button.
  16. Star conversion process

  17. The VLC player will convert the video and you can see that a new MP3 file has been created for the older MP4 file.
  18. MP3 file has been created

Convert MP4 to MP3 using FFmpeg

There are several open source tools that can convert, trim, repair, and record videos. There is one specific open-source tool called FFmpeg that can convert the video from one format to another by decoding the video from first format and the coding it in another format.

After you have downloaded and installed the tool, then you can write the simple command for converting the format:

Ffmpeg -i input.mp4 output.mp3

The command takes the MP4 as the input and provides the output in the MP3 format. The important thing to remember is that Ffmpeg takes much time to convert the video of the large size.

Convert MP4 to MP3 using Window Media Player

Windows Media Player is another video player that can change the format of the selected file. After opening the video, you can click the Save as option and save the video in an MP3 format.

Follow the steps:

  1. When you open the Windows Media Player, then the Menu bar is not visible. Then you need to click Organize category.
  2. open the Windows Media Player

  3. Click Show Menu Bar in Layout.
  4. Select Show Menu Bar

  5. After the Menu bar is visible, then click File.
  6. Select the file

  7. Click the Save As option to save video in the MP3 format.
  8. save video in the MP3

  9. Select the saving location and click the Save. The file will be saved as MP3 in that location.

Convert MP4 to MP3 using iTunes

As MP4 video format can be used to play the audio, so you can convert the MP4 to MP3 using the iTunes applications also.

Here are the steps;

  1. Start iTunes for Windows application in your PC.
  2. Go to Menu bar, then click Edit and then Preferences.
  3. Click Import Settings under the General tab.
  4. Select the encoding format as MP3.
  5. Choose the videos that you want to convert from the library.
  6. Click File, then Convert and create the format version.

Convert MP4 to MP3 using Kernel Video Converter

The manual procedures for converting the MP4 to MP3 file are simple, but they are not suitable to convert multiple videos as it can take much time in converting the files and the process can be interrupted in between if performed wrongly.

So, you should look for a professional tool that can handle multiple files at once. That’s why Kernel Video Converter is such a tool that supports videos from all formats and convert them to other formats.

Here is the simple working procedure of the software to convert MP4 to MP3;

  1. Install and run the software. Click the plus (+) button.
  2. run the software

  3. Choose all the videos that you want to convert to MP3 audio files. Click Open.
  4. Choose the video to convert

  5. After the selection of videos, click the Next button to move ahead.
  6. start conversion

  7. Select the checkbox in front of the MP3 option. Click the Convert Now button.
  8. Select the MP3 formats as destination

  9. Choose the location where you want to save the converted files. Click OK.
  10. Choose the location to save MP4 to MP3 file

  11. Click Save reports to CSV file option. Click Close. After the conversion, you can to to the location and see the files in the MP3 format.
  12. Save reports to CSV file

Video Tutorial: Convert MP4 to MP3 Format

Conclusion

Kernel Video Converter is a simple, yet efficient converter that is capable of handling all kinds of video conversions and it supports majority of the video file formats. There are several options to convert the video files based on formats, smartphone brands, etc. This is one of the most efficient tools for video conversion. Apart from this converter software, we have another software solely design to repair the corrupt video file called Kernel Video Repair. For example, if you have a corrupt MP4 file, then you can use the software to repair corrupt MP4 file and it will be recovered completely and will run fine.