How to remove audio from video, all devices

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It can remove audio from video, ambient noise, remove loud or distracting sounds or pave the way to add a soundtrack to your production. Either way, you must first remove the original audio component of the recording. In this article, I will show you how to remove audio from video.

Smartphone owners record a lot of videos every day. On YouTube alone, more than 300 hours of video are uploaded every minute, and that's literally a drop in the bucket. People do everything from short videos of their kids or cats doing something cute or terrible, to making full-fledged movies with their phones.

The amount of video captured grows tremendously every year and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. This creates a problem for people who actually intend to do something with their video, of course.

Much of the time, the audio track accompanying our recordings is too loud or captures sounds we don't want to hear such as swearing or other interference. Other times, the sound being recorded is irrelevant to our intentions for the video - we plan to replace it with a soundtrack such as music.

In any case, many times we just want to remove audio from a video. Whether you are creating videos for your own consumption or for publishing online, removing the audio can be an important part of the production.

How to remove audio from video on Windows PC, Linux and Mac

If you have your video file on a computer, the simplest and most powerful way to remove the audio track is to use the extremely useful VLC media player. VLC has the ability to remove the audio track from a video on Windows PC, Linux and Mac. You can also use iMovie on macOS. I'll show you how to use both. Both VLC and iMovie are completely free.

Remove audio from video with 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.

  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 drop-down menu at the bottom.
  4. Select the wrench icon next to Profile in the next window.
  5. Select the Audio Codec tab and uncheck the box next to Audio in the window.
  6. Press Save.
  7. Enter a destination for the file at the bottom of the Convert window.
  8. Select Start to re-encode the media without audio.

Remember to give the file a different name in step 7 to create a copy of the file and not overwrite the original. That way, if something goes wrong or you want to undo the changes, the original remains intact. You can always delete the original when you are sure you no longer need it if you wish.

Delete audio from video with iMovie

iMovie is built into macOS and is good enough for basic movie editing and managing short videos for social media. It can remove audio from a video just like VLC. If you want to try iMovie, you can download it from here.

  1. Launch iMovie and select Import Movie in the center.
  2. Upload your video, right-click and select Entire clip.
  3. Drag the video to the timeline at the bottom of the screen to allow editing.
  4. Right-click on the timeline and select Disconnect Audio. This splits the timeline into pure video and pure audio.
  5. Select the audio track and press Delete.
  6. Select Export in the menu and save the video somewhere.

Save the media as a file other than the original to ensure that you can undo or redo any changes from the original. You can delete the original file after verifying that the new file is what you are looking for.

Delete audio track from video with Adobe Premiere Pro

If you happen to go to college with a video lab or work in a place with access to the Adobe Creative Cloud application suite, you can use Adobe Premiere Pro to quickly remove audio files from any video. Make sure you have the video stored on your computer, then open Premiere and create a new project.

In the standard layout for Premiere, drag and drop the video to the library in the lower left corner of the display. Double-click this file to load it into the preview monitor at the top left of the screen, then click and hold the video icon below it.

Drag and drop the icon of the video you are holding onto the timeline and have Premiere configure the sequence settings according to your file. The video will now appear in the timeline with an attached audio file.

Now export your video from Premiere making sure the export is set to match your sequence settings. The resulting video file is the original video you imported into Premiere with no audio attached and takes only about thirty seconds.

How to delete audio from iPhone and Android videos

You may be working directly from your smartphone or tablet and not be able to switch back to a desktop PC or you may not have access to a desktop. Mobile-only solutions are less feature-laden, but if all you have to do is mute the audio, a single-purpose app can do the job for you.

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 to mute the video. It works in much the same way. It has a mini timeline where you can edit the video and save while removing the audio track. It works well and therefore allows you to save or download to another device if you wish.

The only downside to 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 (as well as playing them) and so it may take some time. If speed matters, then a desktop solution is the way to go.

Remove audio video online

If you have a slow computer but a good internet connection, then using a web-based tool to remove the audio track might be the way to go. There are many tools available, but I have had success using Kapwing Mute Video.

Kapwing has other free video tools available online, but in this case the mute video tool does everything we need. It also gives you the option to cut the material from the beginning and / or the end of the video, which could be a useful additional tool. The resulting video does not have a watermark and the service is very fast.

Do you have any other tips for removing the audio track from a video? Tell us below if you do!

Also Read: Best Free Video Editing Apps: Video Editor For Android

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  • How to delete audio from video on Android and iPhone
  • Top 5 Ways to Extract Audio from Video on Windows 10

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