ffmpeg: Extract audio from .WEBM to .OGG 3

If you need to extract the audio from an .WEBM movie file to an .OGG audio file you can  execute the following:

ffmpeg -i "${FILE}" -vn -y "${FILE%.webm}.ogg"

The first command will assign the file name to a variable, we do this to avoid typing errors in the second command where we might want to use the same name for the audio file.

The second command, will use ffmpeg to extract the audio. The -i flag, indicates the file name of the input. We used the flag -vn that will instruct ffmpeg to disable video recording. The -acodec flag will set the output audio codec to vorbis. The -y flag will overwrite output file without asking, so be careful when you use it.

In case we want to automatically process (batch process) all .WEBM video files in a folder we can use the following:

for FILE in *.webm;
    echo -e "Processing video '\e[32m$FILE\e[0m'";
    ffmpeg -i "${FILE}" -vn -y "${FILE%.webm}.ogg"

The above script will find all .WEBM files in the folder and process them one after the other.



The following command will find all webm files that are in the current directory and in all sub-folders and extract the audio to ogg format.

find . -type f -iname "*.webm" -exec bash -c 'FILE="$1"; ffmpeg -i "${FILE}" -vn -y "${FILE%.webm}.ogg";' _ '{}' \;

The filename of the audio file will be the same as the webm video with the correct extension. The webm extension will be removed and replaced by the ogg extension e.g hi.webm will become hi.ogg


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