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How to convert a WAV file to MP3

  1. Introduction
  2. Downloading VLC
  3. Converting a WAV to an MP3
  4. Tl;dr

Introduction

There are a multitude of reasons you might want to change the audio format of a file, perhaps you need to upload it somewhere but you can only upload it in a particular format, or maybe you just want to shrink the size of it. Regardless of your reason, I’m going to show you how to convert an audio file into a different audio format!

Downloading VLC

First things first you’ll need to download VLC if you’re not already using it! You can download it from here: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Converting a WAV to an MP3

Now that that’s out the way, let’s get started. Run VLC and head to Media > Convert / Save.

VLC convert save

In the next window you will want to click ‘Add‘.

VLC add media to convert

Next, you need to browse to the file you want to convert. Select it and click ‘Open‘.

Note: You can shift+click to choose more than one file, this will slightly change the remaining steps but those will not be covered here.

VLC select file to convert

On the next window you can double check the correct files are in the ‘File Selection‘ box, when you’re happy click ‘Convert / Save

VLC open media to convert

Next you want to choose the profile (the format you’d like to convert to), we will be using MP3.

VLC choose profile

In the ‘Destination‘ box you want to click on ‘Browse‘ to choose where you want the final converted file to be placed.

VLC Browse destination

Choose where you’d like to save the file and then choose the file name, once you’ve done that click ‘Save‘.

VLC save destination

Now simply press ‘Start‘.

VLC start convert

The VLC window will close and VLC will start to convert the file, the progress can be seen in the timeline as outlined below, once this has gone through the whole file (it’ll be different depending on the length of the file, in this case it’s 10:26) it will then be done.

VLC converting progress

And that’s all there is to it! You can now go to the destination location you set and the file should be there in it’s converted format.

Tl;dr

Open VLC > Go to ‘Media‘ > ‘Convert / Save‘ > Follow the instructions to convert the file