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Gold Audio Extractor is a simple utility with a simple user-friendly interface that allows extracting audio streams from video files and even converting video files between formats. The formats cover all the most widely used codecs for both video and audio files, and for both the input and the output – AVI, MPEG, MP4, FLV, MOV, WAV, MP3, M4A, and FLAC are some of them.
The program’s interface seems to have been designed re-cycling a similar tool that was originally meant to merge audio or video files. Thus, when you get to the final step of the extraction/conversion process, you are asked to click on a button that says “Join Now”, instead of “Convert”, which is the label that appears in the website’s screenshots. This may be a bit confusing at first, though it cannot be considered to be a major mistake.
Despite the program’s name, it offers three main functions – video conversion between formats, audio extraction using a device-based output profile, and audio extraction using a specific audio codec. Video conversion supports the same formats as for the input, and each of them comes with a few output profiles aimed at the non-savvy user – best quality, low quality, least quality, etc. None of these profiles allows for further customization, though. Audio extraction comes in two flavors – with device-based and with codec-based output profiles. The former include profiles for iPod, iPhone, PSP, BlackBerry, and a generic “To Mobile Phone” button that actually enlarges the list of devices to support nearly any cell phone.
All three tasks are equally simple to perform, and all three render high-quality results (subject to your choice of the output profile) in a fast and efficient way.
- Supports all the most widely used video and audio codecs
- Simple user interface
- Includes various device-based output profiles
- Can be used as a video converter, too
- The "Extract/Convert" button is wrongly labeled as "Join Now", which is confusing
- Output formats do not support further customization