How To Remove the Audio Track from a Video

Posted by Jamie on September 7, 2018

Every smartphone on the market today includes a video camera, and this has changed society forever. We now take more pictures and more minutes of video than ever before, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. With people recording everything everywhere, of course, there comes the problem that a lot of the time, the audio track for our recordings is too loud, or captures sounds we don’t want to hear like swearing or other interference. However, this doesn’t mean that we have to trash the shot – instead, there are ways to just remove the audio component and replace it with something else like music.

Whether you are creating video for your own consumption or for posting online, removing audio can be an important part of production. It can remove ambient noise, remove loud or distracting sounds or pave the way for you to add a soundtrack to your production. Either way, you first need to remove the original audio component of the recording. Here is how to do it.

Remove the audio track from a video

The supremely-useful VLC media player has the capability to remove the audio track from a video on Windows PCs, Linux and Mac, as does iMovie which is built into Mac OS. I’ll show you how to use both.

Use VLC to remove the audio track from a video

VLC is the king of media players. It plays almost anything, in any format and has a range of powerful editing and manipulation tools for those who want to dig a little deeper.

  1. Open VLC and select Media from the menu.
  2. Select Convert/Save and Add.
  3. Add the media you want to remove audio from and select Convert from the small dropdown at the bottom.
  4. Select the spanner icon next to Profile in the next window.
  5. Select the Audio codec tab and uncheck the box next to Audio in the popup window.
  6. Set the destination for the file back in the Convert window.
  7. Select Start to recode the media without audio.

Remember to name the file something different in Step 6 to create a copy of the file and not overwrite the original. That way, if anything goes wrong or you want to undo the changes, the original remains untouched. You can always delete the original once you’re sure you no longer need it, if you like.

Use iMovie to remove the audio track from a video

iMovie comes built into Mac OS and is pretty good for basic movie editing and managing short videos for social media. It can remove audio from a video just like VLC can so if you have iMovie and would prefer to use that you can. If you would like to try iMovie, you can download it from here.

  1. Launch iMovie and select Import Movie in the center.
  2. Load your video, right click it and Select Entire Clip.
  3. Drag the video into the Timeline at the bottom of the screen to allow editing.
  4. Right click on the Timeline and select Detach Audio. This splits the Timeline into pure video and pure audio.
  5. Select the audio track and hit Delete.
  6. Select Export in the menu and save the video somewhere.

Save the media as a different file than the original to ensure you can undo or redo any changes from the original. You can delete the original later should you want to.

Remove the audio track from a video on mobile

How about if you’re working on mobile and don’t have the opportunity to get back to a desktop PC? If you shoot movies and like to upload them directly from your phone, you can still remove the audio track from that video first. There are a couple of useful apps for both Android and iOS that can remove audio from video.

For Android, try Mute Video, Silent Video. It does exactly what it says on the label – it takes a video shot on your phone and removes the audio track before saving it. You can then use the video as you see fit.

For iOS, try Mute Video. It works in much the same way. It has a mini timeline where you can edit your video and save while removing the audio track. It works well and then enables you to save or download to another device should you wish to.

Each of these options enables you to remove the audio component from almost any video. VLC is the most flexible as it works on any operating system and with any video format. If you prefer to use iMovie that’s fine too as it definitely gets the job done. If you want to keep everything on your phone, you can with Mute Video, Silent Video or Mute Video.

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