Audio Recording Possibility???

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by McRumour, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. McRumour macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2013
    Is there any way to manage to do the following on my (mid-2010) MacBook Pro - OS X 10.10.4:

    1) Record the audio that's on this youtube video:

    2) Then make a CD-R from that audio file (I'm not trying to capture the video portion)

    My MacBook has a CD-R, CD-RW. etc. etc. drive

    Any suggestions would be a godsend.
  2. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

    Sep 29, 2014
  3. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Audacity may also work. I don't have it on the machine I'm using now (to test) as I'm at work.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    If I had to do this, this is what I'd do:

    First, download Firefox and one of the add-ons that let you download YouTube videos.

    Then, I'd download the video (I would choose mp4 format, highest quality available if more than one option is offered).

    Then, I'd download something called "QTAmateur" from here:
    It's a small player/utility that hasn't been updated in some time, but still works fine.

    Then, I'd open the mp4 file in QTAmateur.

    Then, I'd choose "export" from the file menu.

    I would choose an export format such as "aiff", which is uncompressed audio that can burned to CD.

    I'd export the file as a aiff file, then burn it to CD.

    If you have Toast available, you might be able to burn the audio from the mp4 file directly to CD "as an audio file" directly (withOUT having to convert it first).
    This in fact seems to work when I drop an mp4 file into Toast on my own Mac (I didn't try to burn the CD).
  5. sim667 macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2010
    Im pretty sure you'd have to use Audacity and Soundflower.
  6. vegetassj4 macrumors regular


    Oct 16, 2014
    Soundflower and mostly any recorder where you can change the input/output.
  7. SaxnFlutman macrumors member


    Aug 18, 2010
    ClipGrab, free, can record it in one step. You enter the video url, then you can pick whether you want audio & video, or just audio, and what quality & file format you want the audio.
  8. McRumour thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2013
    Thanks everyone for all the great ideas!

    In the end I downloaded the Media Human youtube to mp3 app (it's free ;-) ). It also seemed a bit more straight-forward than the other freebies.

    Now the video (posted above) is in my iTunes Library/Playlist.

    Don't have a blank CD-R at the moment to use in order to try answering the following questions for myself. So - when I do:

    1) iTunes (latest update) says there must be a check mark beside the playlist. There isn't. Will that matter? (maybe happens once a CD is inserted?)

    Also - the audio downloaded as 1 song, 33 minutes duration and the "playlist" (in iTunes music library column on left) only comprises that 1 item (the playlist name) which I labeled: Ciudadanía.

    2) Am assuming Media Human downloaded the audio as an MP3 - and that's the setting I should use when I hit 'burn'?
    (Other choices are 'Audio CD' or 'Data CD')

    Any other settings to be fiddled with?

    I realize it's crappy sound to begin with on the youtube video....but I'm trying to help someone who's illiterate memorize all she needs to know in order to pass her US citizenship exam. (which fortunately she'll be allowed to do in Spanish)

    Thanks again for helping her to achieve that dream....
  9. McRumour, Jul 14, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2015

    McRumour thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2013
    Your post arrived as I was sending my reply
    Your suggestion looks good in light of the questions cd burning from iTunes left me with (see above).
    But can't do anything further till I get a pack of CDs. (Never thought that was something I'd be buying again...the future is the past, right?

    Thanks for your suggestion. It can be my 'back-up' thought

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