Have you ever wondered how to convert an audio file to .M4A? This format is like the audio-only version of MPEG-4. However, it’s not straightforward to do this in Adobe Media Encoder, especially on a Mac. But don’t worry! We’ve found a creative way to do it. Let’s dive in!

Step 1: Import Your Audio File

First, we need to get an audio file into Adobe Media Encoder. For our example, we’ll use a WAV audio format. You can do this by simply dragging and dropping your file into the program.

Step 2: Edit the Export Settings

Next, go to the export settings by clicking on any of the blue icons or links. Here, you’ll need to select the MPEG-4 format. Make sure to uncheck the ‘Export Video’ option and only keep ‘Export Audio’ checked.

Step 3: Adjust the Multiplexer Settings

After that, head over to the Multiplexer tab. Under basic settings, you want to select ‘MP4’. The standard setting will work just fine here.

Step 4: Save Your File

Once you’ve done that, hit ‘OK’. You can then select where you want to save your file and what you want to name it. For this example, we’ll save it to the Downloads folder.

Step 5: Start the Queue

Now, it’s time to start the queue. Click on the ‘Start Queue’ button to begin exporting your media. It will export your audio as an MP4 file.

Step 6: Change the File Extension

Here’s the trick: since an M4A is essentially an audio version of the MP4, we’ve got the right sort of codec in our file. All we need to do is change the extension to .M4A. When you do this, a warning might pop up saying that changing the extension might affect how the file opens. Don’t worry, go ahead and change it to .M4A.

And there you have it! You’ve successfully converted your audio file to .M4A using Adobe Media Encoder. You’ll notice that the icon changes to a music icon, indicating that the file type is now Apple MPEG-4 audio.

Why Convert to .M4A?

You might be wondering why you’d want to convert your audio files to .M4A. Well, some screen recording software, like Screen Studio, uses .M4A recorded files. So, if you want to replace the audio files in your screen recordings, you’ll need to convert your audio files to .M4A. This method has been tested and works perfectly for this purpose.

So, next time you need to convert an audio file to .M4A, remember this simple workaround. It’s an easy way to export .M4A files from Adobe Media Encoder!