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How to download audio from any streaming video

Alex Castle | Dec. 2, 2014
Streaming video is great, but sometimes it's more than you need--or more than you can run, if you're away from an Internet connection. If you like to listen to podcasts, lectures, or other audio while you drive, work, or exercise, you should be able to take advantage of the huge amount of content published online every day.

Using VLC to rip the audio track from a streaming video you've downloaded to your PC.

Once you have the video file saved to your machine, you can use any number of programs to save out the audio track. For reference, here's how you would do that with the popular VLC player:

  1. Open VLC
  2. Click Media -> Convert/Save
  3. In the next menu, click on the Add button next to the File Selection box and browse to your downloaded FLV file. Click Ok.
  4. Next, click Browse next to the Destination box, and choose a location and file name for your completed audio file.
  5. Click on the dropdown box marked Profile and choose "Audio — MP3"
  6. Click Start

VLC will open a new playback window, with the progress bar displaying how far along the transcode is. When it's complete, you'll find your finished MP3 on your hard drive wherever you told VLC to save it.

 

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