There can be numerous reasons why you might want to convert your videos to the MP3 audio format. For example, you might want to extract soundtracks from your favorite movies or simply convert your clips to an audio format that's compatible with your iPod or with other media gadgets.
Unfortunately, Windows doesn't provide you with a default utility for converting video clips to the MP3 format. For this reason, dozens of applications were created to help you complete the aforementioned task. Unlike with movie editors, working with a video converter is way easier and requires minimum computer experience. However, there might be some people who would still require some assistance in converting clips to the MP3 format. In this guide, I will show you how to convert videos to the MP3 format by using VLC media player, Freemake Video Converter, and Any Video Converter Freeware.
You will need to download the following software to follow along with this tutorial.
Convert videos to the MP3 format with VLC media player
VLC media player is more than its name implies. Besides helping you watch your favorite movies from your Windows PC, this program is also capable of converting videos to multiple media formats, stream clips, create playlists, and so much more. It's one of the most popular media players supporting a wide variety of formats and giving you access to numerous playback settings.
I've been using VLC media player for years mostly for watching movies. At one point, I asked myself "How do I convert a video to the MP3 format with VLC?" as I needed to extract a soundtrack from a video clip. It didn't take long until I figured it out.
Here's what you need to do in order to convert videos to the MP3 format:
Download and install the application on your PC. Launch the program.
VLC media player Window
Go To Media -> Convert/Save.
VLC media player Menu
Click the "Add" button and select the video you wish to convert and the "Open" button.
Click the "Convert/Save" button.
Convert/Save Tool From VLC media player
Select the MP3 format from the Profiles list and choose a destination folder for the converted file.
Configuring Output Setting In VLC media player
Click the "Start" button and wait for the results.
Convert videos to the MP3 format with Freemake Video Converter
Freemake Video Converter is a utility that's specialized in converting clips to multiple media formats. This free program also provides you with an integrated video downloader, multiple editing tools, and the ability to extract soundtracks from movies. The application comes without a price and can easily be handled even by a beginner computer user.
Here's an example showing you what to do in order to convert an MP4 file to the MP3 format:
Download and install the application on your Windows PC. Launch the program.
Freemake Video Converter Window
Press the "+ Video" button from the main toolbar of the app. Select the video you wish to convert and click the "Open" button.
Select the "To MP3" option from the bottom side of the interface. Configure the output settings according to your needs (choose bitrate, destination folder, etc.).
Configuring Output Settings In Freemake Video Converter
Hit the "Convert" button and wait for the results.
Converting File In Freemake Video Converter
Convert videos to the MP3 format with Any Video Converter Freeware
Any Video Converter Freeware is a utility that provides you with a quick and simple way to convert your favorite clips to a multitude of media formats. The application provides you with easy-to-configure output settings, allows you to download videos from the web and convert them to various formats, burn clips to DVDs, and so much more. What's more, you also have access to various editing options that help you get the exact results you need. Not to mention, the program is free.
Here's what you need to do to convert an AVI file to the MP3 format with this app:
Download and install the app on your PC. Launch the program.
Drag-and-drop the video you wish to convert over the app's interface. You can also use the "Add Video(s)" option from the main toolbar of the app to import your clips.
Choose the MP3 output profile from the upper-right side of the interface. The app generates the audio files to a pre-defined destination folder. You can change the directory from the Options panel of the app if needed.
Hit the "Convert Now" button and wait for the results.
You can also use Any Video Converter Freeware to download your favorite video clips from YouTube and convert them to the MP3 format. Here's what you need to do in order to convert a YouTube video to MP3:
Click the "Add URL(s)" button from the main toolbar of the video converter tool.
Press the "+" button and paste the download URL of the video clip you wish to fetch. You can add multiple URLs if needed as the program supports batch processing.
Adding Download URLs In Any Video Converter Freeware
Click the "Start Download!" button and wait for the app to complete the given task.
Once the download process is complete, choose the MP3 output profile and hit the "Convert Now" button. That's all you need to do in order to convert a YouTube video to MP3.
Clearly, it's very easy to convert videos to the MP3 format with the aforementioned programs. All 3 applications work 100%, provide you with multiple features and quality results, and are free of charge. It's up to you to decide which of these 3 utilities is the best for you.