• Joanna B.

Top 5 Free and Easy-To-Use Video-to-Audio Converters

There is a reason why video-to-audio converters are extremely popular. Although they aren’t used by those that just need one single video, they are actually mostly used by those dealing with numerous amounts of videos that might even need transcription. There are a lot of reasons as to why a video-to-audio converter is important and transcription is one of them.

It is important to be able to transcribe a piece of audio before having a transcription done off of that particular clip. For those needing to extract content from the video, saving the videos in an audio file is important for them to conserve memory. For those in the professional field, every bit of storage counts since the user could be dealing with massive amounts of files. An automatic video-to-audio converter would also make things load faster since it won’t require too much RAM to run. These things add up in time.

Check out the 5 best video-to-audio converter


1. UniConverter


This is a product by Wondershare and is a universal tool that works more than just a video-to-audio converter but it can also do other things:

  • Editing videos

  • Converting audio files to other audio formats

  • Compress the files

  • Burning old-school DVDs

  • Creating as well as ripping audio CDs

  • Merges video clips into one

Wondershare UniConverter reportedly supports over 1000 formats which include WAV, MP3, M4A, WMA, AAC, and a lot more. This is also available for Mac and Windows


Pros

  • Can support a number of video and audio formats

  • Can act as a post-production tool for beginner up to intermediate users

Cons

  • Unavailable for Linux


2. Filmora


Another tool developed by Wondershare, this is a decent alternative to their full-fledged post-production applications like Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, and others. Filmora can be utilized to produce industry-standard outputs like the following:

  • Gives the split-screen effect

  • Allows additional Elements for video beautification

  • Contains a number of transition presets

Filmora, however, can only support MP3 with the video-to-audio converter. Both Mac and Windows computers can access it.


Pros

  • Good alternative for Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, and more

  • Able to create device or portal specific videos like for iPad, YouTube, iPhone, Samsung, Vimeo, and more

Cons

  • A good video-to-audio converter but only uses the MP3 format


3. Freemake Video Converter


Well, from the name itself, this is a good free video-to-audio converter tool. Although it won’t be able to replace other post-production apps, this is still a pretty decent program for the basic conversions.

  • Supports over 500 formats for its conversions

  • Can extract from YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, and more

  • Can convert videos towards a device-specific format

  • Can support 4K resolution

  • Able to trim, join, and even rotate videos when need

Supports over 50 audio formats but is only available for Windows as of the moment.


Pros

  • Is completely free to use

  • Can support over 500 formats wherein 50+ are actually audio extensions

Cons

  • This is available for Windows only


4. VLC media player


It might be surprising for some to see this software on this list but it is actually one of the most versatile software out there. The VLC media player already has a built-in video-to-audio converter completely free to use if users already have the app on their computer.

  • Can disable the subtitles during the movie playback

  • Can choose different menu languages

  • Can resume the playback of the media file even after closed in-between

  • Can change the hotkeys for user convenience

The good thing about this software is that it supports the OGG (Vorbis) and FLAC formats. Of course, MP3 as well. It is also compatible for Linux, Mac, and Windows computers.


Pros

  • Can support all types of videos as its input files

  • Is available for all of the major platforms

Cons

  • Still does not have the video or audio editing features that others might want

4. HandBrake


This is a free open source tool that is also considered maybe the best video-to-audio converter capable of accepting all types of video files and also capable of converting it to the desired audio format.

  • Can convert media files to other device-specific resolution/format/quality

  • Can accept other source files from DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and other formats

  • Capable of producing video files i


n MKV and MP4 formats using H.265 and H.264 encoders

HandBrake can support MP3, AAC, FLAC, Vorbis, and other audio formats. It is also used for macOS, Windows, and Linux computers.


Pros

  • Is absolutely free and is also open-sourced

  • Can support almost every single video format

  • Can convert the videos into the most common audio file formats

Cons

  • Might lack some of the more advanced editing tools used by other software

Why are video-to-audio converters important in transcription?


Generally, in the world of transcription, docking in a video file to a transcription tool can be very heavy for the software and thus make it harder to load and navigate with. This is especially true for those that need to transcribe or use a transcription tool with only a low-level RAM PC.


A video-to-audio converter would not only allow the transcription tool to run faster but basically allow the user to navigate through the software faster. While getting an automated transcription could significantly be shortened in terms of time, the editing process itself would be better when an audio file is being used.


The only exception for transcription with a video tool is when the user will transcribe everything manually and maybe for subtitle purposes. However, the right transcription tool can actually bypass the need for a video-to-audio converter as it would automatically transcribe the file as long as it is in a supported format.


You can have either video and audio files transcribed with Izitext.io! Just upload your files then Izitext will do all the hard work for you. You can automatically proceed to edit your transcript!

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