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How to Fix Audacity MP4 Import Failure?

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November 22, 2019

You may have tried to open MP4 in Audacity yet failed. Only a frustrating error message popped up promoting you that Audacity can’t deal with this type of file. For solving the Audacity MP4 import issue, I will show you some good tricks. You can also try the alternative to Audacity to extract audio from MP4s for editing conveniently:

Can Audacity Open MP4?

Audacity is a well-known audio editor and recorder application aiming to offer easy and multiple-platforms ways to process audio files. What files does Audacity support? If you just get started with the tool without any further installation, you can only import MP3, MP2, OGG, WAV, AIFF, and FLAC out of the box. For other audio and video formats, Audacity will fail to recognize them and lead to import failure. However, Audacity supports installing extensions to import more files. If you want to make Audacity import MP4, you need to install the FFmpeg library for Audacity to decode MP4 files. Here are the detailed steps.

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How to Install FFmpeg for Fixing Audacity MP4 Issues

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Step 1. Visit the site: https://lame.buanzo.org/

Step 2. Scroll down and find your computer OS, or you can make use of the quick navigation link on the top to jump straight to the corresponding download section.  

Step 3. Head to the FFmpeg library download part, and click the recommended zip option to download the FFmpeg library zip file.

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Step 4. Now open Audacity, navigate to Edit > Preferences; On the new dialog, select libraries > FFmpeg library: Locate… Usually, a success dialog will pop up telling you that Audacity has automatically detected valid FFmpeg libraries. If not, you can manually locate them. Then click Ok.

Step 5. Now you can import MP4 into Audacity and edit the audio track.

It’s the whole process on how to open MP4 in Audacity.

An Optional Way to Open MP4 in Audacity – Convert MP4 to MP3

You can also use a video converter to convert MP4 to MP3 in advance, and import the MP3 file to Audacity and edit it. This method doesn’t only apply to Audacity MP4 files, but also any other common and rare video audio files. WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is an easy-to-use and full-featured video conversion tool that supports all video and audio formats. You can use it to convert MP4 to MP3 and even throw any other files into the program for conversion. Besides, the extra editing feature in HD Video Converter Factory Pro will help you cut audio and merge audio files. The following part is the steps of converting MP4 to MP3 for Audacity.

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How to Convert MP4 for Importing into Audacity

Import MP4 Files

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Step 1. Import MP4 Files

On the start-up interface, click on Converter on the left side to open the Video Converter window. Click Add Files, browse and select MP4 files on your computer. Besides, directly dragging and dropping multiple files into the software is supported. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can quickly change the formats of up to 10 files at the same time.

Select MP3 under the Audio tab

Step 2. Choose MP3 as the Output Format

After you import MP4 files into the software, head to the output format profile on the right side and extend the output format window. Switch to the Audio tab and select MP3.

Start Converting MP4 Files

Step 3. Start Converting MP4 to MP3 for Audacity

By default, the converted files will be stored in the HD Video Converter Factory Pro Output Video folder. You can also change the output folder. Just click the inverted triangle button on the bottom and head to the needed location. It’s time to extract MP3 from Videos. Click Run and it will start to process all the files. WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro uses GPU acceleration to speed up the conversion.

Tips. You can also further cut audio files and merge them into one in HD Video Converter Factory Pro.

In Summary

You can install FFmpeg libraries to help Audacity recognize more files, which is the most common way to solve Audacity MP4 import error. Of course, a good video converter is also efficient to deal with this problem. No matter which method you use, you’re able to easily edit the audio tracks in MP4s and export them as audio files.

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