How to Convert Video Files to MP3 Files

by Alexis Lawrence

There may be times when you want only the audio portion of a digital video file that you have saved on your computer. It is possible to convert a video file to MP3. Only the audio aspect is converted, and with the MP3 format, your sound maintains good quality. This can be convenient if you want to listen to live-concert footage on your MP3 player or if you want to rip songs from your favorite movie musical and create audio files.

Download Any Video Converter or similar software (see Resources). Any Video Converter is a free conversion software that allows you to convert from and to many types of digital files, including video files to MP3s.

Install the software on your computer. Follow the screens that walk you through the process.

Add your video. Click "Add Video." Find the video file on your computer's hard drive that you want to convert to MP3 and click "Open."

Choose the "MP3" file type for your output file. Next to "Profile" at the top, right-hand side of the screen, click the drop-down menu. "MP3 Audio" is a choice under "Common Used Audio Formats."

Click "Convert." The button is at the top of the Any Video Converter screen, right next to the "Add Video" button. Progress is tracked onscreen so that you know when the conversion is complete.

Play your MP3 file. Any Video Converter automatically saves the converted file into the same folder in which the the original video file was located. The file should open in whatever default MP3-playing media player you have installed on your computer, such as Winamp.

About the Author

Alexis Lawrence is a freelance writer, filmmaker and photographer with extensive experience in digital video, book publishing and graphic design. An avid traveler, Lawrence has visited at least 10 cities on each inhabitable continent. She has attended several universities and holds a Bachelor of Science in English.