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Having an MPEG4 (MP4 container, H264 AVC video, AAC audio) video clip downloaded from YouTube, how to separate its audio channel into an independent audio (without de&re-compressing the audio preferably) file with free Linux tools?

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If you know there is only 1 audio stream and that it is aac, then you only need this:

ffmpeg -acodec copy -i "movie.mp4" -y "audio.aac"

If you want to script the first audio stream ID and codec-type/file-extension, you can use this:

eval $(ffmpeg -i "movie.mp4" 2>&1 |awk '/Stream.*Audio/{print "stream=" $2 ";codec=" $4}' |head -n1)
stream=${stream:1}; stream=${stream/:/}
extn=${codec/,/}; [[ $extn == "aac" ]] || 
    { echo "You need to manually set the fiie extension. Codec type is: $codec"; exit 1; } 

ffmpeg -map $stream -acodec copy -i "movie.mp4" "audio.$extn"
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eval: 1: Syntax error: "(" unexpected –  Ivan Apr 11 '12 at 19:58
Perhaps ffmpeg -i in not outputing a single line which matches /Stream.*Audio/ line... If there is more than one, then to grab the first one, you need eval $(ffmpeg -i "movie.mp4" 2>&1 |awk '/Stream.*Audio/{print "stream=" $2 ";codec=" $4} |head -n1) .... Otherwise just experiment with ffmpeg -i and see what it needs, or for a one-off, manually enter the correct filetype... –  Peter.O Apr 11 '12 at 20:13
By the way, do you happen to know a similar trick for FLV files? ffmpeg says "Unable to find a suitable output format for 'audioFile'". Seems it thinks it's webm. –  Ivan Jun 20 '12 at 0:33

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