VLC Media Player is a free audio and video player and converter for PC and Mac OS X users. Unlike proprietary software that may only support PC or Mac-based files, VLC Media Player plays and converts to and from dozens of file formats, and rips audio from audio/visual files to common formats like MP3 or WAV, and non-common audio types like FLAC or OGG audio. It is recommended users upgrade to the latest version of VLC Media Player to ensure proper conversion.
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Download the most current version of VLC Media Player from Videolan.org. Double-click the program's download package to begin installation. Follow the on-screen prompts and choose an install location on your hard drive. Accept the licensing terms and launch VLC Media Player.
Click "Media" and select "Convert/Save" to enter the Open Media window. Click the "Add" button on the right side of the window. Browse your computer for your input video file, highlight its icon and click "Open."
Select the "Convert/Save" button at the bottom-right corner of the Open Media screen to enter the Convert window.
Click the "Profile" drop-down box and choose one of VLC's preset audio settings. These presets include "Audio - Vorbis (OGG)," "Audio - MP3," "Audio - AAC (MP4)," "Audio - FLAC" and "Audio - CD."
Edit any advanced settings by clicking the first toolbar icon, located to the right of the "Profile" drop-down box. Press the "Audio Codec" tab at the top of the screen. Choose a compression option by clicking the "Codec" drop-down box. Set a bitrate or sample rate, if needed, and click "Save" to return to the Convert window.
Click the "Browse" button to choose a save location on your computer for your converted audio. Name your file. Make sure to include the proper file extension at the end of its name. For example, ".mp4," ".wav," ".mp3," etc. Click "OK" to return to the Convert window.
Click the "Start" button in the lower-right corner to rip your audio/video file to the desired audio format.
Tips and warnings
- If converting for a specific device or program, consult your user manual for the proper audio format, bitrate, and other advanced settings.
- "MP4/AAC" audio is the default format for Apple iTunes and Apple devices.
- The "Audio - CD" preset refers to a WAV audio file.
- VLC Media Player will convert any file without a file extension included in its output name to a "program stream" instead of the desired format. You must include your file extension.
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