How to Record Audio From a Video File in Windows Media Player

by Brent Watkins

Windows Media Player provides a comprehensive set of tools to manage, view and listen to audio and video files on your computer. Every installation of Windows includes this media player and management utility. Many users are not aware Microsoft provides a free companion program to allow for conversion of other media files into Windows Media formats. Recording files from one format to another is referred to as "encoding." Windows Media Encoder can encode audio from video files used in Windows Media Player.

Download Windows Media Encoder at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/encoder/default.mspx. Install and launch the program.

Click the "Cancel" button on the "New Session" wizard dialogue box that appears when the program is first opened.

Click the "Properties" button from the main menu.

Select the "Sources" tab, then click the "Browse" button to navigate to the Windows Media video (WMV) file you want to record to an audio file. Uncheck the "Video" box beneath the "File name" field.

Select the "Output" tab and make sure the "Encode to file" box is checked. Click the "Browse" button to name the converted file and select where you want the Windows Media audio (WMA) file saved. Make sure the file name ends with the WMA extension.

Select the "Compression" tab to confirm the compression settings for the audio file. The default will be the highest-quality settings. If you want to reduce the size of the WMA audio file, select from the list of quality settings using the Audio pull-down menu.

Click the "Start Encoding" button in the main menu to begin the conversion process from a Windows Media video file to a Windows Media audio file.

When the conversion is finished, you can play the audio file in Windows Media Player by pressing the "Play Output File" button.

Tip

  • Windows Media Encoder also provides support for file types other than Windows Media. If your original video files are in the ASF, AVI or MPEG formats, use Windows Media Encoder to re-encode them to Windows Media audio or video formats.

Items you will need

  • Windows Media Encoder

About the Author

Brent Watkins works as a writer, producer and production technologist for film and television. He began writing for "Church & Worship Technology" magazine in 2002. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Watkins is passionate about digital media and emerging production technologies. A graduate of the University of Iowa, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and theatrical arts.

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