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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: u tube audio to audacity ?


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O.D. - Posted - 10/24/2017:  16:38:51


I'm having trouble trying to get this to work.

Any one have any suggestions?

Everett


Edited by - O.D. on 10/24/2017 16:39:38

From Greylock to Bean Blossom - Posted - 10/24/2017:  16:57:34


Try using this or other youtube converters  clipconverter.cc/ and then drag it into audacity. I think that will work.



ken

O.D. - Posted - 10/24/2017:  17:17:31


Thanks Ken
Ill look into that.
Everett

From Greylock to Bean Blossom - Posted - 10/24/2017:  17:49:12


Good luck, I know it can be done.
ken

Marc Nerenberg - Posted - 10/24/2017:  20:21:15


Here's a converter that works for me: onlinevideoconverter.com/mp3-converter

mikehalloran - Posted - 10/25/2017:  09:43:39


You need to rip the video or the stream first. Only then can you separate the audio for import into Audacity. If playing back in real time, a stream ripper is fastest since it can do that in one pass.

There are many ways to do this. Some are Mac, Win or Linux specific; others are cross-platform such as HandBrake and VLC Media Player.

Google is your friend.

O.D. - Posted - 10/25/2017:  14:24:51


thanks for the replies folks

Everett

J.Albert - Posted - 10/26/2017:  16:15:53


OP:

You didn't tell us which computing platform you're on.



On the Mac, I'd do it this way:

1. Use a browser with a YouTube downloading extension (such as Opera) to download the video, probably in mp4 format for best quality.

2. Use Audacity to import the audio from the mp4 (assuming that it can "pull out" audio from an mp4 file).

2a. If Audacity can't do that (I don't use it), I'd use a conversion utility to "strip out" the audio from the mp4 file, probably in .WAV format. Audacity can certainly import that...

mikehalloran - Posted - 10/26/2017:  21:52:56


quote:

Originally posted by J.Albert

OP:

You didn't tell us which computing platform you're on.



On the Mac, I'd do it this way:

1. Use a browser with a YouTube downloading extension (such as Opera) to download the video, probably in mp4 format for best quality.

2. Use Audacity to import the audio from the mp4 (assuming that it can "pull out" audio from an mp4 file).

2a. If Audacity can't do that (I don't use it), I'd use a conversion utility to "strip out" the audio from the mp4 file, probably in .WAV format. Audacity can certainly import that...




That won’t work until you separate the audio.



On a Mac, use QuickTime to export the audio only from an mp4. QT 7.6,6 is easier to use for that. It’s free and downloadable from Apple. It installs in the Utilities folder so as to not conflict with QT10, required by the OS. 



support.apple.com/kb/dl923?locale=en_US

J.Albert - Posted - 10/28/2017:  18:57:23


Re Mike's post above about Audacity vs. mp4 ...



Just for the heck of it, I downloaded the most recent Mac version of Audacity.

I launched it, and it seems to open ".mp4" files directly.

Just shows you the audio portion, of course.

But it works.



Might work on the PC version, as well...


Edited by - J.Albert on 10/28/2017 18:57:52

BrooksMT - Posted - 12/16/2017:  13:55:05


Two procedures I use:



1) Screenshot of Audacity 2.1.1 settings I use for recording YouTube vids to Audacity on my HP2000 laptop running Windows 8.1



I download a YouTube vid (.mp3), than play it while running Audacity. This recording method needs a lot of volume from the speakers (more than is healthy for my ears if wearing headphones, so I disconnect headphones). I will do a test recording, and increase the computer speaker volume while running the test - the goal is to get max Audacity volume w/o getting cutoffs due to high volume transients.



It's also possible to record using the computer's built in microphone (which listens to the speaker sounds coming out). This method gives more fuzzy noise than the above method, and of course also picks up room noise (e.g. me playing along with the vid.....wonder who made that clunker....:-).



2) Screenshot of Audacity 2.2.2 settings I use for recording YouTube vids (.mp4) on my older Dell with Windows10. In this case, the recording level is set by the computer, apparently, since it does not respond to my changes to computer volume. The recording is lower volume than the Win8.1 procedure, but still usable for my purposes (slowing down song or changing the pitch).



--------------



Well, rats. the uploaded screenshots are more blurry than I expected. The relevant Audacity settings are:



Aud 2.1.1    MME                      Stereo Mix   Stereo  Speakers



Aud 2.2.2    Windows WASAPI  Speakers   Stereo   Speakers



Hope this helps


Edited by - BrooksMT on 12/16/2017 14:03:35


BrooksMT - Posted - 12/16/2017:  14:21:14


Opps, the 2nd Audacity version is 2.1.2
Can't seem to edit my post to correct, for some reason, Sorry.

The newest version is 2.2.1, which I have not yet tried.

wtalley - Posted - 12/16/2017:  15:51:29


I just tried what BrooksMT suggested for Windows 10 - it worked for me! After doing the recording do "Ctrl a" to select the whole recording. Then go to "Effects - Normalize" and select "OK" in the dialog box - Audacity will automatically increase the volume of the recording. Then you can export the recording to an mp3.

From Greylock to Bean Blossom - Posted - 12/16/2017:  17:24:13


You need to use one of the converters given to you.leave it on your desktop. got to audacity and under file: import: audio and bring it in.
ken

BrooksMT - Posted - 12/17/2017:  08:25:39


Thanks for the tips, William and Ken :-).

Audacity has a ton of stuff it can do, I have not explored much of it. I have used the Effects/Noise Reduction, particularly to remove the buzz when I record myself using the computer's built-in mike. I notice that the "vitality" of a recording is reduced when I reduce noise. Probably should play around with the noise reduction settings.

Just a reminder - save your original recording or utube conversion before working on it. For max safety, I then save a copy of the original Audacity (with Windows)...this has saved me from goofs while editing with Audacity :-/ I usually save my edits with Export Audio, but also use Save Project As

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