Software & Apps Design How to Extract MP3 Audio From Video Files There are several ways to make an MP3 from a video By Mark Harris Writer Mark Harris is a former writer for Lifewire who wrote about the digital music scene and streaming music services in an easy to understand, no-nonsense manner. our editorial process Mark Harris Updated February 25, 2019 Photographer is my life. / Getty Images Design Animation & Video 3D Design Graphic Design Tweet Share Email If you have a video file with great music on it but all you really want is the music, convert the video to MP3 format. When you convert video to MP3, you'll discard the video by extracting the audio out of the video file. There are several methods to save a video to MP3. One way is to use the freeware program AoA Audio Extractor or choose one of the many other video to MP3 converters. Convert Video to MP3 With AoA Audio Extractor AoA Audio Extractor is completely free and pulls the audio from videos in any of these formats: AVI, MPEG/MPG, FLV, DAT, WMV, MOV, MP4, and 3GP. To use AoA Audio Extractor to extract audio from a video: Open AoA Audio Extractor and click Add Files. Browse for and select the video or videos you want to convert to MP3. Use the Ctrl key to select more than one video. Click Open to import the video or videos into the program. In the Output Options section, choose To MP3. Adjust any other settings you want to change, such as the Audio SampleRate, Channel, and Output Path. This step is optional. Click Start. Discover Other Ways to Extract Audio from Video There are several online tools that extract the audio from a video and convert the file to MP3. The only downside to these online tools is that the video must first be uploaded to the website and the converted MP3 must be downloaded to your computer when the conversion is complete. Here are some free video to MP3 conversion websites: 123Apps' Audio Converter, Wondershare's MP4 to MP3 Converter, OnlineConverter.com, and Apowersoft's Video to MP3 Converter. There are also specific YouTube to MP3 converters that save the audio from YouTube videos. To make sure you don't accidentally infringe on copyrights on YouTube, only download public domain videos or videos that the owner has allowed for download. If you want to use an offline tool like AoA Audio Extractor to save a video's audio, consider one of the other free video converter programs. Most of them, such as Freemake Video Converter, save videos to other video file formats and to audio file formats like MP3.