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 the media encoding abilities of Mac OS X that are built directly into the Finder. With this, you can convert many popular movie formats into audio tracks, including video files of .mov, .m4v, .mpg, and mp4 format. The resulting converted audio track is a 256kbps m4a file, which can be further adjusted if desired.
Using the video to audio conversion tools in OS X are very easy:
Quick note: if you don’t see the “Encode” option, here is how to enable the encoders.
- 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 OS X to convert audio files to m4a format, which can then be added directly to iTunes as well as if they were any other audio or music file in the iTunes Library.
Update: Don’t see the Encode options when you right-click media files? Here is how to enable them