How to Compress an Audio File to 10% of its Original Size; in 5 Easy steps

Do you have a bulky audio file that you’d like to share or play on your mobile devices. Compressing or converting an audio file enables you to easily share and move the file between devices. One of the best free audio convertors is the Free Mp3/Wma/Ogg Converter.

I’ve been using it for a couple of years to compress files for transcription and I find it to be reliable and easy to use. Let me show you how you can compress an audio file in 5 simple steps.

Step 1: Download and Install the Free audio converter

First download the Free Mp3/Wma/Ogg Converter and install it to your computer. Run the software and click on the add button. A window opens that allows you to select the file you wish to compress or convert. Click on Open to add the file.

Download install and open the free converter

Step 2 : Select and Add files to be compressed

The file is added into the Free Mp3/Wma/Ogg Converter and is ready to be compressed. You can add more files if you wish. Click on next to take you the next step.

Add the file to be compressed

Step 3: Designate output folder

Now you’ll need to designate the folder you wish your output file to be saved in. Click on the select tab and a Browse for folder window opens. Select the folder you wish the output file to be saved to and click ok.

Designate output folder

Step three of five on how to compress a file to a 10% of it’s size.

Step 4: Designate Output Format

You need to select the format of the output file. Mp3 if a popular format but only offers average compression. M4A is a less popular format but it offers higher compression. From experience, I find that the Mp3 format compresses a WMA lossless file to around 20% of its original size. On the other hand, the M4A format compress a WMA lossless file to about 10% of its original size. The output files are of similar quality.

Once you have selected the format, you need to select quality of the output audio. Keep in mind that the higher the quality, the larger the file. When you’ve selected the quality of the audio, click on Covert to start the compression process.

Designate output format.

Step 5: Check Progress of conversion; have a cuppa!

A conversion progress window opens. You can use this to check the progress of your conversion. When the conversion is done, a window will automatically open that has a link to the output folder. If you wish to convert more files, click on Finish.

Click on finish and you're done.         Click on finish and you're done.

That’s it. You’ve compressed your audio file in 5 Easy Steps.

How to Extract Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player

There are many instances where you may need to extract the audio from a DVD aka rip audio from a DVD. As a transcriber, I often find it necessary to extract audio from a client’s DVD for easier transcription. There are many software that can rip audio from videos and DVDs. However, they’re expensive and sometimes don’t work. I recently discovered an easy and free way to extract audio from and videos and DVDS. Let me share it with you.

This works for all video files, CD, DVDs, bluray that can play on VLC media player; that’s almost any multimedia you can play using vlc media player. Download the latest version of windows VLC media player here.

Step 1: Open Media Window

Insert the DVD/CD into your computers DVD/CD ROM player. Open VLC media player and click on the Media tab. Scroll down and select convert/save to open the Open Media window. NB: You can also use the shortcut keys ctril+r to open the Open Media window.

Extract Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player in 5 easy steps.

Step 2: Open Convert Window

In the Open Media Window, click on the Disc Tab. If you have more than one DVD/CD ROM player/drive make sure the appropriate one, that has the DVD, is selected as the Disc Device. Click on the Convert/Save button to open the Convert window.

Extract Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player in 5 easy steps.

Step 3: Choose Output Folder

In the Convert window, click on the Browse button to open the Save file window. Choose a destination folder and name for the extracted audio file.

Extract Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player in 5 easy steps.

Step 4: Select Audio Format

Select the Audio-mp3 profile from the profile drop down menu.

Extract Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player in 5 easy steps.

Step 5: Click Start to Begin Extraction.

Click on the Start Button to begin the extraction. VLC should begin streaming. It take less than 5 minutes to stream an hour of video.

Extract Audio from a DVD using VLC Media Player in 5 easy steps.

That’s it. It’s free and you can do it in 5 easy steps! All the best ripping audio from DVDs.
NB: 7 years ago, I used VLC media player 1.1.4 to create this user guide. Get the latest version here.