Remember the Sony Walkman? Many of you probably don’t, but may have heard stories about it from way back in ancient times. Then it was considered coolest thing ever to play portable audio on what were called cassette tapes. Oh, yes, those were the days!
The Walkman was the iPod of its time.
Now, with almost everything in media being digital (although, always keep in mind that the actual world of sight and sound is analog), tapes are a thing of the past.
Nearly twenty years ago, scientists and engineers developed a method of compressing sound so it could be stored on digital storage devices, and used for commercial products. One particular format was named MP3. It was part of a larger set of standards being developed called MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group.) The ultimate objective was to create a complete set of formats spanning all digital media, especially video. But audio was the easiest to deal with first.
MP3 has since changed music and the music business in dramatic ways.
TECHNOLOGY MAKES IT EASY FOR YOU TO CONVERT VIDEOS to MP3
The beauty of MP3 is that it puts quality sound in a variety of tiny, inexpensive packages that are easy to transport and enjoy.
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Like to listen to lectures found on the web, but don’t have time to watch the video? Use RealPlayer to create an audio file of the video, transfer it to your phone, and listen to it on the go.
Sound is special. You can become immersed in it while still doing something else. It can be soothing and energizing. It’s not like watching video where you must keep your eyes on the screen to receive the content. Audio is all around you, and unless you can shut it off or shut it out, you absorb it.
Aside from your favorite music video downloads, there are numerous educational videos, interviews, presentations and other material on the Internet that are possible to convert to MP3. You can also do the same thing with videos you shoot with camcorders or smart phones.
This is exactly the kind of convenience and enjoyment today’s digital media technology provides.
DOWNLOADING MUSIC VIDEO PERFORMANCES
There’s a restaurant nearby that has live music, played by local artists every night. Sometimes those performances are videotaped and posted on the restaurant’s website for free viewing and downloading for personal use. The musicians all agree to this in advance, so there are no copyright problems.
While browsing the site, I found a performance by one of my favorite musicians. The video wasn’t especially good, but the music was. If you don’t already have a video you want to convert, it is easy to find free MP4 videos to download.
I decided to download it and convert to MP3 so I could easily listen to it at home, on my iPhone, iPod or through my car stereo system.
The video was nearly 16 minutes long. In the MP4 format at 720p resolution, it came in just over 240 MB.
The download process is as simple as it can be using RealPlayer Downloader. Just hover the cursor in the video frame and the “Download This Video” button appears in the upper right of the frame. Just click, and the download begins, saving the video in the RealPlayer Library. (If you don’t have RealPlayer, just click on the orange button in the top right hand corner of this page. It’s quick to install and free.)
CONVERT VIDEOS TO MP3
Because the video was already in the Library, all that’s necessary is to click on the thumbnail to open a menu with the Convert option. This opens the RealPlayer Converter and inserts the video in the list.
With MP3 as my target format, I wanted to get better sound quality, so clicked on the Details button, and set the bit rate to 256 Kbps instead of the default 128.
The next steps are to simply click OK, then Start, and let the conversion begin. That’s how easy it is to convert videos to mp3.
It only took about 30 seconds to crunch the 240 MB MP4 video into a 29 MB MP3 audio file. The only other thing I needed to do was transfer the converted file to my iPhone and iPod.
I also put the music on a USB flash drive I carry on my key chain, so it can be transported anywhere, loaded into the car stereo and shared with others.
MP3 – IT STARTED A REVOLUTION IN DIGITAL MEDIA
The old Sony Walkman was an innovation in its time. But today’s digital media world is different. Not only is a process like recording the audio portion of a video program faster, far simpler and better quality, digital has changed the way media is perceived and used. The boundaries of who can have access to the necessary tools to create, manipulate and distribute every type of media have been removed forever. And MP3 led the way in that change, and it’s doing more of the same in converting video to MP3.
Please let me know if you have any questions about how to convert videos to MP3 by leaving a comment below.