Friday, June 3, 2011

Convert Video Into Mp3 Files

Many programs can be used to convert videos into mp3 format, so that the audio becomes accessible in a separate file. This can be helpful to turn music videos downloaded from YouTube into audio format, or a presentation that you have no time to watch but enough time to listen to.

Video 2 MP3 is a free software program by Skwire that comes without an interface. Well, that’s not entirely correct, but it comes without an interface that you can use to convert videos to mp3 format. You can however execute the program to see instructions on how to use it.

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Here is how it works. You can convert video files by dragging and dropping them onto the Video 2 Mp3 executable. The program is a portable program which means you can unpack it to any location and use it from there without installation.

When you drag and drop a video file onto the program executable, you will notice that an mp3 file of the same name is created automatically in the program directory.

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The cursor highlights the conversion and will return to the standard cursor once the conversion has been completed. The length of the video has a direct impact on the time it takes to convert the mp3 file. The mp3 file will always use a quality setting of 160 Kbps with no option to change it in a configuration file.

The program supports several video formats including mpg, avi and wmv. It is said to be compatible with flv files as well but I could not get the program to convert these into mp3 formats on a 64-bit Windows 7 system. It tried several from different sources and all failed to convert.

It is possible to convert multiple video files at once to mp3 by dragging and dropping them all on the program executable. Video 2 Mp3 will process them one after the other until the conversion queue is empty.

Options to change the audio quality settings are missing from the program, which could convince some users to use other video to mp3 converters instead that offer audio quality settings. Conversions with Video 2 Mp3 are fast and the process itself is comfortable and uncomplicated.

Interested Windows users can download the latest version of Video 2 Mp3 from Skwire’s Empire at DCmembers.

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