Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Rip Audio From FLV's Using VLC

There is a new easy to use tool that will rip audio from videos with a few clicks. Use in conjunction with the Download Helper add-on in the article below.
Link to my blog post for this new tool is;
WinFF Blog Post

If you go to Youtube or one of the many video sites I'm sure you have come across a video that you wanted only the audio from.

Before I give the details I'd highly recommend that you have the Download Helper add-on for Firefox installed. I consider it the best video downloader available. You can get it from here if you don't already have it;


Now that we have that out of the way, here is how to extract the audio from the FLV file you downloaded.

This method allows you to extract the audio using VLC graphical user interface. The mp3 file generated will also play in other media players like Winamp, Windows MP and Real:

1. Open the flv file with VLC and stop it as soon as it starts playing.

2. Open the VLC Wizard by clicking on File> Wizard…

3. Select Transcode/Save to File.

4. Select your file from the Playlist.

5. Check only the Transcode Audio checkmark, Leave Video unchecked). Select 192 KB BRate, and MP3 as the Audio codec.

6. Next select MPEG-1 for encapsulation method. Save the file with any name, but with the extension MPG.(Don’t use MP3 at this time). Press Finish.

Once the bar runs it course, repeat steps 1 through 6, except for: a) Choose the MPG file you just created as your input file, b) Change the encapsulation method as RAW and b) Save the new file with the extension MP3.

That's all there is to it. The total time is usually a minute or two depending on the file size and your computer's horse power.

Hope this helps you to grab the song from those music videos. (Grin!)



Lamarr Wilson said...

Dude, +1 for this tip. Great stuff!

mylifeonablog said...

wow u've made my work much simpler...thanx

TaZMAn said...

Glad I could be of help.
I just added a new post in my blog for a tool that makes it even easier!

Enjoy, kick back and relax!

new2linx said...

i am using Jaunty Jackalope and I get an error when trying your guide. It says that my ffmpeg doesn't have MPEG Audio 1/2/3. That's weird. I am surprised that the latest Ubuntu wouldn't have an ffmpeg installed that has everything? The version installed is: 3:0.svn20090303-1ubuntu6

TaZMAn said...

Hi new2linux,

Sorry to hear you are having ffmpeg problems. I have read there are some users experiencing a bug.

You may find that using the unstripped version of several codecs will solve your problem.

If you are using the 32bit version of Jaunty you may want to check out these 2 links;



Also, have you tried the Winff software package I have posted in the Update section of this article?
Winff is self contained and seems to do the trick for everything I have thrown at it.

Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Ty so much. ive been trying to figure it out for a while now. You da best! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this! Couldn't get it to work with VLC (FFMPEG problem like above) but WInff did it :)

For the benefit of others, to convert an .flv into a .wav, the preset was "Audio" and the output was "Wav for CD".

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but after I choose RAW and try to save it as x.mp3, I get an error about how I can't save it as a .mp3 if it's a RAW file.

I'm on a Mac.

Any suggestions?

Mariano Real said...

Thank you man, great post it was exactly what I was looking for.

Anonymous said...

Whare is this "Wizard" feature in VLC?

I don't even see a File menu, only these:
Media Playback Audio Tools View Help.

I'm using VLC media player 1.0.6 on Ubuntu 10.04

P.S. Are you sure you were reviewing the Linux version of VLC, not the Windows version? Someone told me that the Wizard feature is only on windows...

Anonymous said...

I am using VLC 1.1.1 and its just 2 clicks to extract audio. Go to Media--> Convert/Save
In the File tab, click Add..button and add the video you want to extract audio from.Then Press Convert/Save on the bottom. In the 'Destination' window, select the output location for the destination file ( I use the same location ) and a format. Say for ex output is like (C:\Downloads\xyz.mp3). Below this in settings, Profile select Audio MP3 as the profile and click Start. Thats it!

convert flv file to mp4 in mac said...

I would just like to say thanks, for your instructions worked first time.

videotool said...

just find a good video converter to help to do so, such as aiseesoft video converter for mac is such a tooll which I have been using for a long time for convert flv to mov for editing and replay. just have a try at: http://www.ivideotool.com/ . good luck!!