Burning An Audio CD From An Internet Video, On A Mac

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Your goal is to make a CD of the music that is in a video that you found somewhere on the internet. You want to do this on a Mac and you want to use free software to do it.

I do this in two steps, or maybe three:

  1. I download the audio from the internet video and save it as an MP3 file on my computer.
  2. If the audio is too long to fit on one CD, or if there are parts of the audio that I don't want to keep, I may decide that I want to edit the MP3 file before I burn it.
  3. I burn the MP3 file on to CD.

I have made three YouTube videos that show you how I do each of these things.

Downloading Audio And Burning It To A CD - The Simple Example

In this video I show you how to do this when everything goes easily. The first app that we try works and is able to download the audio file. The audio file is short enough to fit on one CD. The audio doesn't need any clean-up, there are no long silences or other parts that need to be removed.

In this video I use an app called 4kvideodownloader to download the audio from an internet video and save it as an MP3 file on a Mac. I then use Apple's Music (iTunes) app to burn the MP3 file to an audio CD.

The first step in this video is to install the 4kvideodownloader app. I will use this link to download that app: https://4kdownload.com

Watch the video:

What To Do When 4kvideodownloader Does Not Work - Installing And Using youtube-dl

Sometimes 4kvideodownloader does not work with a particular web site or video. In that case I try another app called youtube-dl. It is harder to install, but easy to use once the install is done.

This video shows you how to install and use youtube-dl. This installation process requires you to enter five commands. The video will show you how to do this. The video will tell you to come here to this wiki page and to copy and paste the five commands from this page, one at a time. The five commands are:

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

brew install wget

brew install ffmpeg

sudo wget https://yt-dl.org/downloads/latest/youtube-dl -O /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

sudo chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

Watch the video:

What To Do When You Need To Edit The MP3 File - Using Audacity

There are two things that might make you want to edit the MP3 audio file that you have downloaded before you burn it to CD:

  1. It's longer than 90 minutes and won't fit on 1 CD. In this case you need to split the MP3 into two parts and burn each part onto its own CD. I use an app called Audacity to split the MP3.
  2. There are big blocks of silence or big gaps between songs that I want to remove. I use the Audacity app to edit the MP3.

This video will show you how to install and use Audacity to edit an MP3 before you burn it to CD. To download Audacity click on: https://audacityteam.org

Watch the video: