How To Remove the Audio Track from a Video
Removing audio can be an essential part of your production if you are creating a video for personal use or social media. You can eliminate ambient noise, loud or distracting sounds, or pave the way for a soundtrack. To do any of those tasks, you need to remove the original audio component (if applicable) before adding your sound.
Smartphone owners take a lot of videos every day. On YouTube alone, more than 300 hours of video gets uploaded every minute, and that’s a drop in the bucket. People do everything from making full-fledged motion pictures with their phones to short clips of their kids or cats doing something cute or terrible.
The above situations create problems for many people because the audio tracks are too loud, or they capture sounds they don’t want others to hear like swearing or audible interference. Other times, the recorded sounds are irrelevant to the intentions of the video. Regardless, there are many times when people want to remove the audio component altogether, which is where this article comes in. For those that need more than just sound deletion, check out these five best free video editing apps for PC.
Remove The Audio Track From A Video On A Computer
The easiest and most powerful way of eliminating the audio track is to use the “supremely useful” VLC media player if you have your video file on a computer. VLC features sound removal on Windows PCs, Linux, and Mac. You can also use iMovie on macOS. Both VLC and iMovie are entirely free to use.
Remove Audio From A Video Using VLC
VLC is the king of media players because it plays almost any video file in any format and has a range of powerful editing and manipulation tools for those who want to dig a little deeper.
- Open VLC and select ‘Media -> Convert/Save.’
- Click ‘Add.’
- Choose the media you want to remove audio from, and it will appear in the file selection box.
- Click ‘Convert / Save‘ from the small box on the bottom.
- Within the popup Convert window, select the wrench icon in the profile section.
- Select the Audio codec tab and uncheck the box next to Audio.
- Hit ‘Create‘ in the bottom section of the window.
- The Convert Window reappears. Enter a destination for the file at the bottom.
- Select ‘Start‘ to recode the media without audio.
Remember to rename the file to something different in Step 7 to preserve 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.
Use iMovie To Remove The Audio Track From A Video
iMovie comes built into macOS and is pretty good for managing short videos for social media and basic movie editing. It includes an audio removal feature, just like VLC.
To delete audio from a video using iMovie, follow these steps:
- Launch iMovie and select ‘Import Media‘ in the center.
- Load your video, right-click it, and choose ‘Select Entire Clip.’
- Drag the video into the ‘Timeline‘ at the bottom of the screen to allow editing.
- Right-click on the timeline and select ‘Detach Audio‘ to split the file into pure video and pure audio tracks.
- Right-click the audio track and hit ‘Delete.’
- Select ‘Export‘ in the menu and save the video somewhere.
Using a different filename ensures that your original doesn’t get overwritten, allowing you to undo or redo any changes. You can delete the original file after you’ve made sure the new one is all you need.
Use Adobe Premiere Pro To Remove The Audio Track From A Video
If you attend a college with a video lab or work at a place with access to Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite of applications, you can use Adobe Premiere Pro to remove the audio files from any video quickly. Make sure you have the video stored on your computer, then open up Premiere and create a new project.
In Premiere’s standard layout, drag and drop your video into the library in the lower-left corner of your display. Double-click this file to load it into your preview monitor on the upper-left portion of the screen, then click and hold the video icon below this. Drag and drop the video icon you’re holding onto the timeline, and have Premiere set the sequence settings based on your file. Your video will now appear in the timeline with an audio file attached.
Now export your video from Premiere while ensuring that your export matches your sequence settings. The resulting video file is the original video you imported into Premiere without audio attached, and it only takes about thirty seconds to complete.
Remove The Audio Track From A Video On Mobile
You might be working directly from your smartphone or tablet while away and cannot access a desktop PC, or you may not have access to one at home. Mobile-only solutions are less feature-laden, but if all you need to do is strip out audio, then a single-purpose app can get the job done for you.
For Android, try Mute Video, Silent Video. The app does 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 VSilencer, which works similarly to the Mute Video, Silent Video app above. This app has a mini timeline where you edit your video and then save it while removing the audio track. VSilencer enables you to save or download your file to another device should you wish to.
The only real downside of the smartphone-based apps is that they are significantly slower than desktop software. Mobile CPUs aren’t really up to the challenge of handling large video files quickly (other than to play them), and so it may take a while. If speed is a necessity, then desktop solutions are the way to go.
Remove The Audio With A Web-Based Tool
If you have a slow computer but a decent Internet connection, then using a web-based tool to remove your audio track might be the way to go. There are many apps available, such as Kapwing Mute Video. Kapwing has other free video tools online, but in this case, the mute video tool does all you need. It also gives you the ability to trim off material from the beginning or end of the video, which might be helpful. The resulting video doesn’t have a watermark, and the service is high-speed.
No matter what device or application you use to delete audio from a video, the results will be the same unless you change other options like the video’s format or use a free app that superimposes a watermark (none mentioned in this article). With today’s technological advancements, smartphones can easily handle the job just as much as a PC or Mac, except that they would take longer to process and need to have enough space available for the ‘renamed’ file that you want to create.