Extract the Audio From an MPEG Video File With Audacity

An MPEG file is a universally-used type of video file. The audio of an MPEG file is one big Mp3 that can easily be extracted with the audio recording program Audacity.


  1. Download Audacity
  2. Find Misplaced Computer Programs for the file lame_enc.dll on your computer. Audacity will ask you for this file. You'll have to remember the folder it's in or make a copy of the file in a new folder. If you don't have it, then this website has a free download.
  3. Open Audacity.
  4. Check that the FFmpeg library is installed by going to Edit > Preferences.
  5. Clicking on the library tab. Click the download button next to the FFmpeg library.
  6. Click on File > Open.
  7. Go to "File type" drop-down arrow bar and choose FFmpeg-compatible files and click your desired video to be extracted and click Open.
  8. You will see your MPEG video file has been loaded. You shouldn't be presented with the video, but with the Create Website Audio from the video.
  9. Click on File > Export as Mp3.
    • If Audacity asks for the lame_enc.dll file, then go to the folder the .dll file's in and and click it.
    • If it does not, then you have nothing to worry about
  10. Move your mouse to "Save as type" and click the drop-down arrow bar to choose mp3 files. Name your file if you want to and click Save.
  11. You should now have an Mp3 audio file of the video.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Copy of Audacity 1.2.6 or later
  • The lame_enc.dll file
  • An MPEG video file

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