Extract Music from Video Files – Tutorial

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In one of our earliest posts, we have already talked about the possibility to extract music from video clips. By now, you know that the answer on how to get that movie score, song, or piece of background music from a video or movie scene is to convert your video into an audio format.

However, this time we want to provide a better and more extensive tutorial on how to get the sound track ripped from a video.

All you need is the video you want the sound track to be extracted from – either downloaded from vimeo, dailymotion, YouTube, or elsewhere; or recorded by yourself – and one of the audio converters from online-convert.com. No download or installation of any software is needed.

1. Choose an Output Format

Depending on what kind of audio file you need, you have to choose the output format first. Pick the format you need from the big list of audio converters – for example iTunes’ AIFF, or MP3 – and click on the link.

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2. Upload your Video

Now that you know what kind of audio file you want, it’s time to choose the video you want to extract the music or sound effects from. If it’s a short video that only contains the part you want to rip, you can directly upload it to the converter by using the “Choose Files” button, entering an URL, or choosing a file from your cloud storage.

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If you only want a part of your video clip to be converted into an audio file, however, you have the option to select the correct time frame from which you want to extract the music. You find this option underneath the other settings you can apply to your desired audio file.

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Once you have specified all your settings, you can hit the “Convert File” button.

3. Receiving your Audio File

On the next page, the progress of your conversion is shown. As soon as the conversion is completed, the file will automatically download to your computer.

Of course, you can also send the download link to yourself or someone else via email, or save your file onto a cloud storage.

Et voilà, now you have the sound track extracted from your YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, or otherwise downloaded and recorded video clip!

What is the Best Video Format?

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“Back in the day”, it was easy to make a video, or to watch one. While the options were very limited and we didn’t have all the tools and extras that we have today, it was a much simpler time. If you were going to shoot a video, you would use a camcorder and if you wanted to transfer it to something to watch outside of the recorder, you put it on a VHS tape. It was very easy to know what the best video format was because it was the only one available. You could easily read a 1-2 page article and know everything you needed to know, without being confused.

Then video merged with the digital world and it all got very, very complicated. You have video file formats, containers, codecs, video compression and dozens and dozens of different types of video file extensions. Because of that, you can no longer talk about the best video format without also including a lot of disclaimers and explanations. Chances are also pretty good that at some point you may need to convert your video files to a different type of file extension. This is very easy with a good online video converter.

The problem is that we have too many options today. There are too many different types of video files available and everyone who makes a video gets to pick what file type they want to use. Companies that make video devices also sometimes create their own unique video file extension. Unfortunately, not all devices that you may use to watch videos have the ability to show all of the different types of video formats.

The real answer when you’re looking for the best video format is that there is no “best”. It all depends. It depends on what you’re planning to do with the video, how much storage space you have and how much flexibility you need.

Before you can determine what the best video format is for your situation, you will have to ask yourself several questions.

  • Who is your intended audience and what type of devices/technology are they likely to have?
  • Will they be watching your video online?
  • Are they likely to have a connection speed fast enough to view it?
  • Do you want your video to be usable for a long time (so you should choose a format that is stable and you know it will continue to be supported)?
  • Do you plan to produce and store multiple videos (so space might be an issue)
  • Does the video need to be compressed (which is likely if you plan to distribute the video for others to see)
  • Will you be uploading the video to any online sites? If so, you will need to check their guidelines to be sure you are using the right format.

 

The one thing that is constant is that no matter what you are doing with your video, you should try to keep it “uncompressed” for as long as possible. In most cases, your video will eventually need to be compressed, but when this happens, you may lose some of the finer details that you won’t be able to recover if additional editing is needed.

Unfortunately, there is no single answer to “what is the best video format”. It all depends on your personal situation. If you do find that you need to convert your video from one format to another, a good video converter can easily handle this job for you.

Common Questions About Video Converters

If you suddenly run up against the need to use video converters, it can be daunting. If you’re already familiar with terms like codecs, containers, formats, MP4 and FLV, you’re all set. However when most people see the message on their screen indicating their computer can’t open a video file, they panic.

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You don’t need to panic. Finding and using video converters to change your video file into a different type of file is quick and easy, once you learn how.

Here are some of the common questions that arise when people are faced with the challenge of using a video converter.

FAQ’s for Video Converters

Why Do You Need a Video File Converter?

The need to look for video converters usually comes from two different places.

  1. You want to submit a video file online somewhere, but the site you’re using only accepts certain types of video files.
  2. You want to open a file on your computer, but you’re getting a message that says your computer is unable to open the file.

In either case, your best option is to review the available video converters to simply convert the video to a different type of video file format.

What Does the Converter Do?

Using video converters simply changes the file extension for the video from one video extension to another. This changes the makeup of the file, but the actual video remains unchanged from a user or viewer perspective.

How Do You Do It?

Using video converters is typically very easy, when you find the right one to meet your needs. If you are using software, you likely have to install the software and learn how to use it. However, there are so many video converters online, that it’s usually much easier to use one of those.

When you use online video converters, you typically just have to choose the type of file you need to convert your file to, browse on your computer to select the file and then tell the website where to send the converted file.

What Are Codecs and Containers?

Every video you see is actually a group of several different files that are combined, and that sometimes causes confusion.

A container is what actually holds all of those different files. Some of the common container extensions are FLV, MOV, AVI and MP4.

A codec is one of the files within the container. The codec file contains software to manage the video file, specifically the size of the file. Most videos must be compressed in order to be useable and the software within the codec determines how this compression is handled.

How Do You Find Good Video Converters?

It is very easy to find good video converters. The first thing you should do is do an online search to find the available options. Then you need to know what kind of features are “must have’s” for your project, and make sure the converter you choose has those features. It’s also important to make sure the video converters you are considering have the ability to convert your file to the specific file type you need.

Popular Video File Extensions

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The world of online media exploded with the widespread use of video files. However, all of those additional options also made life more confusing for non-professionals who often use video files. There are many different types of video file extensions out there, and it’s important to know what type of file you need before you convert any of your old files.

Being better educated about video file types can also help you make better decisions when you buy new videos online and have to select the type of file you want to receive.

Some of these video file extensions may sound familiar because they can also be used for an audio file, but the features are different when video is involved.

Video File Extensions

Flash Video – FLV

The FLV video file format has become very popular lately because of its cross-platform usage. Almost all website platforms and browsers support flash videos. Flash can support streaming downloads as well as progressive downloads and these files are also very compact to take up less space.

AVI Format – AVI

The Audio Video Interleave file is still popular among many users and this is likely because it was originally developed by Microsoft. That means the video file type is well supported and you shouldn’t have many issues with trying to play these types of files. Of course, if you do have problems, you can easily convert the videos to a different type of video file and it should then work for you.

The AVI video file extension works with multiple types of codec’s and the file contains both audio and video files. However, the M-JPEG or DivX codecs are the ones most often used.

Quicktime – MOV

The MOV file is another video format and this one was originally developed by Apple, however it can also be played on Windows computers. It is most frequently used to store video files or movies for online use. The format typically includes tracks that store the audio, video or accompanying text snippets that go along with the video.

MP4 Format – MP4

Contrary to what some people believe, an MP4 file is NOT just a bigger, better version of an MP3 file. The MP4 video format is typically used to store visual (or audio) streams online, most frequently for those files that are defined by MPEG. Video file extensions like the MP4s are best played on Apple QuickTime Player devices.

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The MPG file format (Moving Picture Expert Groups) usually use either MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 to compress the video files. These types of video file extensions are frequently used when you are creating movies that yiou want to be able to download (or allow others to download). MPG files can be played on either Windows devices or on Apple QuickTime Player.

WMV

The Windows Media Video file extensions came from Microsoft and they can only be played on Window devices, unless you install extra components on your device to help with this. If there is not a conversion utility available for your device, you will need to convert the WMV file to a different video file type to be able to view it. The WMV file was originally created for online streaming, but has now become a focus for more specialized online content.

Video Codecs and Containers – What Are They?

codecs and containersFiguring out the differences between some of the most popular image formats is relatively easy. All you have to do is look at the file extension and you know most of what you need to know. However, video formats are much more complicated. When you’re working with video files, the terms codecs and containers get used a lot, but most people don’t know what that means.

We’re going to break down the contents of a video file to make it easier to understand.

Think of the difference between a still image and a video. A picture is simply an image. However, there is movement and sound on a video and many videos also contain information about the content on the video file. All of that makes it difficult to know what kind of a video file you have, or what kind of file you need to convert to if necessary.

This article will outline some of the more common components of a video file.

There are many different types of video formats, but each type consists of the same 3 pieces.

  • Video and audio signal
  • Container
  • Codec

The video signal is the easiest to understand because these files simply contain information about the video. This includes the frame size, aspect ratio, frame rate and bitrate.

Codecs and Containers

The confusion for most people comes when you start talking about codecs and containers.

Container

A single video is actually comprised of several different types of files. The “container” for a video file is what it sounds like. It is a container that holds all of those different files for each video. Some of the most popular container extension types are MP4, AVI, MOV and FLV.

Codec

There is a codec file inside each container for a video. The codec is the software that is used to create the video and audio data. One of the big things a codec does is compress the video file. A typical video file is much too large for the average user to store on their computer, especially if you want to store several of them. The video must be compressed in order for it to be usable for most people. The specific codec that is used to handle this compression will have an impact on what computers and devices can play the video.

Codecs can be a problem because they are frequently proprietary and there are dozens available. Your computer likely has the ability to handle several codecs, but not all of them.

One of the most popular video codecs is H.264, also called MPEG-4 Part 10 because of its ability to work with most of the popular container types. MPEG-2 is another popular video codec.

Now we’ve covered some of the items that confuse many people when they first start looking at the world of video files, codecs and containers. Later articles will talk about the most popular video file formats. The next time your computer has a problem with a video file, you will know more about the nature of the problem, and how you need to convert your video to a format that is more usable for your computer.

Extract a still image from a video without installing software

Have you ever wanted to extract an image from a video file? Have you seen your idol on TV or caught an incredible beauty shot of your kids on cam and want to pin an image from that video clip to your wall? Read on, here’s an a mini how-to extract an image from video clips.

In this tutorial we will use the online file converter at http://www.online-convert.com/ that is absolutely free to use and allows us to convert files without the need of installing any software. All the conversion is done on some fast servers in the net.

Step 1: Shorten the video

Online MP4 file converterFirst we need to convert the video file to a format that the image converter we later want to use will understand. Also we need to cut the video. If we don’t do this, the online converter will convert the whole video to still images, offering huge files to download or just deny converting. And you will need to look to all these thousands of images, because one second of video are up to 30 images.

Go to http://video.online-convert.com/convert-to-mp4 and provide your video. Either by a file you have on your hard disk or by supplying a link to a video file in the Internet. You also need to know where in the video timeline the super image is you want to extract. In our example, it is around 10 minutes and 17 seconds after the start.

Then take a look at the “cut video” fields in the online converter. You need to enter a value in the following format: 00:10:15 to throw away the first 10 minutes and 15 seconds of your video. The value for the end time should be no more than 5 seconds more than the time you have entered in the start field. So in our case it would be 00:10:20 . If you don’t want to change further optional settings, you can now click on “Convert file” to get a short video sequence from your video. Save the result on your hard disk.

Step 2: Converting the short video to an image sequence

Now go to http://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-jpg and choose your file you have created in step 1. Then click on “Convert file” and save the result on your computer.

Step 3: Select the best image

The image converter has converted all images that are in that short video clip you have converted in step 2. It further has compressed the image sequence to a ZIP file so for your convenience you are able to download them all in one go.

Now you need to extract this ZIP file. If you have no extracting tool, you can download one here: 7Zip . After extracting the ZIP file, you sould have the sequence of all images on your computer. Now select the best one and you are done. Enjoy 😉

Rip audio from a video clip, the easy way

It happened again. You have seen this incredible video clip and you can’t stand living without that song. You want to hear it all day long, in the train, at work, everywhere. And you want to make all your friends listen to it too. What can you do?

The answer is simple. You need to rip the audio from the video and copy that track on your stick, your mobile or at a place where you can access it any time.

Here is a how-to rip audio from video. The goal is to get the raw audio track from a video without installing any software, converting for free and to have a platform independent tool. So you will be able to rip audio on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Start ripping

We assume that you have found your clip on Youtube. You go to this online audio ripper to extract the audio from your video to the MP3 format. On this page, you can enter either a video file you have saved on your local computer or you can provide a link to a video website and make that online converter tool download the video from there. You can even select some additional options to further enhance the audio quality like the audio bitrate, the audio frequency or the amount of channels. If you still have one of those old mobile bricks, don’t even think about using stereo at 128K at 44.100 KHz 😉

After you have hit “Convert file” button you will be able to download the audio track within seconds. Now you can copy the file directly on your mobile phone or download it later at work.