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Kaltura - Creating an Audio File from a Video in Your My Media Library

This article details the procedure for creating an audio file from a video in your My Media library. Kaltura does not have a built-in method for creating an audio-only version of a video, but it is possible to download the video file from your My Media library and extract the audio using a free program like VLC Media Player (PC or Mac) or QuickTime (Mac only). The resulting audio file can then be uploaded to My Media as a separate audio-only media entry or distributed using another service.

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Kaltura (Canvas) - Downloading a Video from Your My Media Library
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To create an audio file from a video in your Kaltura My Media library, you must first download the video to your computer. Then, use VLC Media Player or QuickTime to create an audio file from the downloaded video file.

Downloading Your Video from My Media

Perform these steps to download your video from My Media in Canvas:

  1. Log in to Canvas from the UWGB Canvas Login website.
  2. Click Account > My Media in the Canvas Global Navigation menu to open your My Media library.
  3. Click the title of the video you wish to download to open that video's media page.
  4. In the top-right corner of the video player, click the download icon.

    screenshot of the Kaltura video player download-icon

For a complete guide to downloading a My Media video, please see: Kaltura (Canvas) - Downloading a Video from Your My Media Library

Creating an Audio File from the Downloaded Video

This section contains the steps for creating an audio file from a video file by using either VLC Media Player or QuickTime.

Option 1: Use VLC Media Player (Windows PC or Mac)

If VLC Media Player is not already installed on your computer, you can install it from the Software Center (Windows) or Self Service (Mac) applications on UWGB-owned computers. On a personal computer, VLC Media Player can be downloaded for free from the official VideoLAN website. To create an audio file from a video using VLC, perform the following steps:

  1. Open VLC Media Player.
  2. Click Media > Convert/Save...

    Screenshot of the Convert/Save option in the Media menu of the VLC Media Player application

  3. In the "File" tab of the Open Media menu that opens, click the + Add... button.
  4. Navigate to the location of the video file on your computer, select the file, then click Open.
  5. Click Convert/Save.

    Screenshot of the "Open Media" menu in VLC

  6. Under "Settings" in the Convert menu, make sure Convert is selected, then select Audio – MP3 in the "Profile" drop-down menu.
  7. Next to "Destination file", click Browse.
  8. Navigate to the directory where you would like to save the audio file. In the "File name" field, enter a name for your audio file that ends with ".mp3" (without the quotation marks), then click Save.
  9. Click Start.

    Screenshot of the "Convert" menu in VLC

  10. VLC will convert the video into an audio file. Progress is shown by a blue bar near the bottom of the window. When the process is complete, the audio file is ready and saved to the destination selected in steps 7-8. 

Option 2: Use QuickTime (Mac Only)

QuickTime comes pre-installed on Mac computers running OSX. To create an audio file from a video using QuickTime, perform the following steps: 

  1. Open QuickTime Player from the Launchpad or your Applications folder.
  2. A Finder window will automatically open. In the Finder window, navigate to the location of the video file on your computer, select the file, then click Open.
  3. Click FileExport AsAudio Only.

    Screenshot of the Export As Audio Only option in the File menu of QuickTime

  4. Another Finder window will open. Navigate to the folder/directory where you would like to save the audio file. In the "Export As" field, enter a name for your audio file, then click Save.

    Screenshot of the Finder window in QuickTime when selecting a location to save the exported audio file

  5. QuickTime will export an audio file from the video and save it to the chosen destination in .m4a format.




Keywords:extract convert save audio only file mp3 podcast canvas VLC QuickTime media player create audio-only version extracting converting   Doc ID:114841
Owner:Scott B.Group:UW Green Bay
Created:2021-11-12 14:53 CSTUpdated:2021-11-17 15:33 CST
Sites:UW Green Bay
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