How to Create a WAV File From an MPEG Video

by Andrew Schrader
WMV files work best on PCs.

WMV files work best on PCs.

WAV files are the digital audio standard for PC Windows users, offering a higher quality than the common MP3 format. You may want to extract and convert your MPEG video's audio to WAV format for burning to CD or for using as sound bytes. Several programs will perform these conversions, including MPEG Streamclip (freeware) and QuickTime Pro ($29.99). You may also want to try a website like Zamzar, which offers free audio/video conversions by simply uploading your video to its website. Users receive email alerts when conversions are done.

MPEG Streamclip

1

Launch your web browser and visit the MPEG Streamclip website (see Resources). Download and install MPEG Streamclip, free of charge. Agree to the terms of use and launch the program.

2

Click "File" and "Open Files..." to locate the MPEG video on your computer in the pop-up screen and open in MPEG Streamclip. Let your video load in the player window.

3

Select "Export to Other Formats..." or "Export Audio..." from the "File" menu and choose "Wave" as your export format.

4

Select your audio's quality in the movie exporter screen and click "Make Movie" to begin the conversion.

QuickTime Pro

1

Visit Apple's website (see Resources) and download QuickTime Player (free) and the Pro Component ($29.99). Agree to all terms of use and open the program.

2

Select "Open Files..." from the "File" menu and locate your MPEG video in the new window. Open your MPEG in QuickTime and wait for it to load.

3

Click "File" and select "Export..." Choose the "Sound to Wave" option in the drop-down export menu options.

4

Rename your file, if needed, and click "Save" to begin extracting your audio.

Zamzar

1

Open your web browser and visit Zamzar (see Resources). Click the "Convert Files" tab in the middle of the screen.

2

Click the Step 1 "Browse..." button to enter a pop-up window and locate the MPEG on your computer. Choose to open your video.

3

Select "WAV" as the format you want to convert to, using the drop-down menu in the Step 2 box.

4

Type your email address in the Step 3 box to receive an email alert from Zamzar when your conversion is done.

5

Click "Convert" to agree to Zamzar's terms of use and begin the conversion. Your email notification will include a download link where you can retrieve your audio when the conversion is complete.

About the Author

Andrew Schrader has been a professional writer and filmmaker since 2004. He works as a writer and director, holding a Bachelor of Arts in film and media studies from UC Santa Barbara. Schrader specializes in writing about technology and computer software.

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