Importing audio from video using FFmpeg

Split from Record stereo playback from 5.1 sound card [SOLVED] - #6 by waxcylinder

Ok Gale, so just how do I make this work?

I’ve installed 2.2.2 FFmpeg and Audacity auto locates it - so far so good.

I then launch the latest nightly alpha 2.0.7 and try dragging the YT listing for a video onto the Audacity - all I see is a little red circle with a red diagonal line on a white background - and no audio.

I play the audio in YT and try dragging that and nowt happens

What am I missing?


Sorry if I raised your expectations, but you missed the sentence before the part you cited. That sentence said “you can download the videos if you search online how to do that” :wink:

So you have to download the actual video file onto your hard drive first. Then you can drag the downloaded video file into Audacity.

You can’t drag URL’s of any description into Audacity. So you can’t drag in streaming audio playlist files like M3U or PLS because those files are just lists of URL’s.


Are we allowed to say that there are “Add-Ons” available for Firefox for downloading videos?
If not, please delete this post.

Others have said it if you or I haven’t, so yes. It’s “allowed”.

But of course we assume everyone downloading from YouTube has copyright holders’ permission to do so.