another way to make mp3 from youtube video

As I was driving to work this morning, I happen to tune into this song by Coolio called "I'll See You When I Get There" (click here if you want to view the video). It's a damn catchy song. I particularly liked the part where he ripped off, oops I mean, sampled Pachelbel's Canon D, using it as a background track. This song sorta reminds me of Tupac's Changes or Bone Thugs N Harmony's Crossroads. Anyhow, it's so catchy, I know it's going to be stuck in my head the whole day and I know if I don't get that on my playlist it will drive me bonkers thinking about it. But again, it's not really an easy task to download mp3s from the office.

So here's what I know.



As usual, I downloaded the FLV file from YouTube. Have it saved to my desktop. Now I'm stuck with an FLV file with no converter. I know there are online converters that I can use, but they don't do shit for me. Two reasons:


  1. I can't configure the output format of the mp3s that I want to convert. It's usually converted in low quality audio format. Well, I guess it makes no difference if the source FLV file is using low quality audio format.
  2. Usually after converting, these websites will ask you to download the mp3 file in a specific location. I can't download mp3s from the office!


So I'm stuck with an FLV file with no converter. I've decided to Google some free tools online to make mp3s. And yes, I want free tools, I'm cheap that way. It's the inner Asian in me.

Anyhow, I found this tool called Riva FLV Encoder by this company called Riva Vx. It basically allows you to take the FLV files and convert them into other video formats such as AVI, MPG, Quicktime and WMV. I thought, pretty cool. I'll just extract the audio file from these movie files later.

Downloaded and install the tool. Ran it, and this is what I saw.


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Based on the interface of the application, the output format of your file has to be entered manually (it's not like Microsoft Paint where you draw the picture first and then save the file as JPG or BMP). In this application you actually have to key in the output filename and format before you do your conversion. So I thought, why don't I try putting .mp3 as the output format, instead of the regular video formats (.avi, .mpg, .wmv, .mov). Turns out you can actually do a mp3 conversion. Here's how you do it.


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Sometimes, there's "crap" at the beginning or end of your clip. So, you might have to sometimes edit the audio file. Please refer to my previous post on how to get rid of these "crap".

The quality of the audio is usually crappy. Try using Audacity's (again, free tool) "Amplify" filter on it to make it louder. Here's how you do it.


  1. Load Audacity.
  2. Click on Edit -> Select -> Select All or press Ctrl + A.
  3. Click on Effect -> Amplify. Set the Amplification (db) level. Click on "Allow Clipping" and then click OK.


You might have to experiment with the Amplification level a few times to get right. Try playing with other filters too, hopefully it will help improve the quality of your mp3 file.

That's it from me. Have fun trying.

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At Jan 13, 2012, 3:32:00 PM, Blogger jack said...

You have to just copy and paste the url of video song to meke YouTube To Mp3 conversion.  


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