How to Convert a Video to MP3 Format


You can convert video files to MP3 format for listening-only playability. This process is ideal for converting music videos to audio format for playing on portable media devices or CDs. Use a third-party conversion software or website, as software native to computer operating systems generally do not perform video conversion functions. Most converters employ similar or identical steps when converting videos, so your only task is to choose a software that supports the video file you wish to convert.

  • Browse for, or drag and drop the video into the workspace of your chosen conversion software (see the Resource section for links to three converters).

  • Choose an output format for the video. In some software you can select "Audio Only" and save the file in MP3 format. Other programs offer to save the file in WAV, unprotected WMA and MP3 formats.

  • Designate an output folder. This is where the software will save the MP3 once it's converted.

  • Press the "Start Conversion" command. This process might take between 30 seconds and several minutes, depending on the length and size of the file.

Tips & Warnings

  • Users have the option of downloading freeware to convert video to MP3 themselves, or uploading a video to an online conversion website. No software download is necessary when converting media via an online conversion site.
  • Use caution when downloading free conversion software. According to, even if low-cost or free software is virus-free, it can potentially contain design deficiencies that disrupt operating system functions, which can lead to computer problems later on. Always download software from trusted sources that have tested its functionality.

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