Convert Video to an Audio Track Directly in Mac OS X
Converting a video file to an audio track is made extremely easy with the help of Mac OS X Lion’s new media encoding abilities that are built directly into the Finder. This has been tested to work with .mov, .m4v, .mpg, and mp4, and the resulting audio track is 256kbps m4a file:
- Locate the video you want converted to an audio track and right-click on it
- From the bottom of the menu, select “Encode Selected Video Files”
- At the “Encode Media” window, pull down the contextual menu next to “Setting” and select “Audio Only”
- Click “Continue” or set the destination to another location if necessary
The encoder works very fast, and you’ll end up with a .m4a audio file of the same name in the same folder as the source video. Open the file to bring it into the iTunes library for playing and syncing to an iPod or iPhone.
Speaking of iTunes, you can use the same Finder encoders in Lion to convert audio files to m4a format, which can then be added to iTunes as well.
Update: Don’t see the Encode options when you right-click media files? Here is how to enable them