In 2021, you probably watch online videos every single day, no matter who you are. On YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, videos are a part of everything we consume from music videos and newscasts to vlogs and education.

Especially in video content like music videos, meeting recordings, or newscasts, a video’s audio track is just as important as the video itself, and you might want to extract it from the video. This can be useful for saving your favorite songs, live recordings, speeches, relaxation tracks, and even personal interviews. I’ll show you how to extract the audio from any video file you have or any video you found online:

  1. Upload your video to the Kapwing Studio
  2. Trim, combine, or edit video and audio
  3. Export & download as MP3

Step 1: Upload Your Video to the Kapwing Studio

Start by heading to Kapwing.com in your browser and click Start Editing to enter the Kapwing Studio. Here, click Upload to find any video you have stored on your device, or use the URL bar to paste the link to a video you found on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, or any location online.

A screenshot of the Kapwing upload interface.

If you want to extract the audio from several videos or files, you can upload them all at once or click Upload and paste additional video links. All your video layers will appear in the Timeline editor along the bottom of the Studio.

Step 2: Trim, Combine, or Edit Video and Audio

A screenshot showing how to combine multiple video and audio files in the Kapwing Timeline.

When all your files are in the Studio, you can make any trims, edits, and adjustments you need before extracting the audio. Start with the Timeline editor along the bottom half of the Studio. To trim your clip to just one part, drag and drop the ends of your clip in the timeline. If you want to cut out a part of your audio, place the tracker anywhere in the clip and press the S key or the Split button to split it into separate clips.

A screenshot showing multiple audio editing options in the Kapwing Studio.

Before you extract your audio, there are a few edits you can make. When you select a video or audio layer, use the Volume slider in the right toolbar to decrease the volume level of the clip. To add audio fade effects to audio, right-click on a video layer, select Detach Audio, and choose the Effects tab in the upper right. Here, you can add an audio fade effect to the beginning or end of your clip, with three different speed options.

Step 3: Export & Download as MP3

A screenshot showing how to export an audio file from the Kapwing Studio.

When your audio layers have been extracted, arranged, trimmed, combined, and edited, click the arrow to the right of the Export button in the top right corner. From the dropdown list, click Export as MP3 and your audio file will immediately begin processing. For most projects, your audio will be ready to download in under a minute.

A screenshot of the Kapwing download page.

I hope this article helps you grab the audio tracks of all your favorite videos, whether you recorded them yourself or found them online! For more tips and tutorials on creating great digital content in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel or read through some related articles on audio editing, processing, and downloading:

How to Record Your Screen on a Mac with Audio
How to Convert Video to Audio on Any Device
Online Voice Recorder: Create, Edit, and Share Audio for Free
How to Download Music from TikTok