How to remove sound from a video (step by step)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to permanently remove sound from a video using VLC media player, Shotcut, HandBrake, or Filmora.

The result will be a new video file without sound. The original video file will not be affected.

The steps on this page work on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

How to remove audio from a video using VLC media player

VLC media player is a free and open-source cross-platform multimedia player for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS.

VLC website

1. Open VLC media player.

2. Click on Media located in the top left corner.

3. Click on Convert / Save.

Convert / Save option in VLC media player

A “Open Media” window will appear.

4. In this window, you click on the Add button.

Add button in VLC media player

A “Select one or multiple files” window will appear.

5. Within this window, you go to the video file you want to remove the sound from.

6. Select the video file.

7. Click on the Open button.

Select one or multiple files window in VLC media player

8. Click on the Convert/Save button at the bottom of the window.

Convert/Save button in VLC media player

A “Convert” window will appear.

9. At Profile, you click on the selection menu button and select a video format. If you want an MP4 video file, then you select Video - H.264 + MP3 (MP4).

Profile selection menu in VLC media player

10. Click on the tool button next to the profile selection menu button.

The Edit selected profile button in VLC media player

A “Profile edition” window will appear.

11. Click on Audio codec.

11. Remove the check mark from the Audio option.

Remove audio from video in VLC media player

12. Click on the Save button at the bottom of the window.

13. Click on the Browse button.

The Browse button in VLC media player

A “Save file” window will appear.

15. Within this window, you select a location on your computer where you want to save the new video.

16. At File name, you type a name for the video file.

17. Click on the Save button.

Save file window in VLC media player

14. When you're ready, you click on the Start button.

The Start button in VLC media player

VLC media player will now convert your video to another video file.

The result will be a new video file without sound. The original video file will not be affected.

You can see the progress at the bottom of VLC.

Progress bar in VLC media player

How to remove audio from a video using Shotcut

Shotcut is a free and open-source cross-platform video editor for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Shotcut website

1. Open Shotcut.

2. Click on Open File in the top left corner.

Open File button in Shotcut

A “Open File” window will appear.

3. Within this window, you go to the video file you want to remove the sound from.

4. Select the video file.

5. Click on the Open button.

Open File window in Shotcut

The video will start playing immediately. You can pause the video by clicking on the pause button below the video.

Pause video in Shotcut

6. Drag the video to the timeline.

Drag video to timeline in Shotcut

7. Right-click on the video and then click on Detach Audio.

Detach Audio in Shotcut

An audio bar will appear below the video.

8. In the Output section located at the left side, you right-click on the audio track and then click on Remove Track.

Remove audio track in Shotcut

9. When you're done editing the video, you click on Export at the top.

Export button in Shotcut

A “Export” panel will appear.

10. In the Presets section, you select a video format.

11. If you want more advanced settings, you click on the Advanced button.

12. When you're done, you click on the Export File button.

Export panel in Shotcut

A “Export File” window will appear.

13. Select a location on your computer where you want to save the video file.

14. At File name, you type a name for the video.

15. Click on the Save button.

Export File window in Shotcut

Shotcut will now create your video.

The result will be a new video file without sound. The original video file will not be affected.

You can see the progress at Jobs located in the top right corner.

Progress bar in Shotcut

How to remove audio from a video using HandBrake

HandBrake is a free and open-source cross-platform video converter for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS.

HandBrake website

1. Open HandBrake.

A “Source Selection” panel will appear.

Note: If the “Source Selection” panel doesn't appear, then click on the Open Source button in the top left corner.

Open Source button in HandBrake

2. Click on File.

Open file button in HandBrake

A “Open” window will appear.

3. Within this window, you go to the video file you want to remove the sound from.

4. Select the video file.

5. Click on the Open button.

Open file window in HandBrake

HandBrake will now load your video file.

6. Click on the Filters tab.

7. Disable all filters.

HandBrake Filters

8. Click on the Video tab.

9. At Video Codec, you select H.264 (x264).

10. At Framerate (FPS), you select Same as source.

11. Make sure the Variable Framerate option is selected.

Video settings in HandBrake

12. At Quality > Constant Quality, you can change the quality.

A lower RF number produces higher quality video, and a higher RF number produces lower quality video. (1)

In this example, I'm using a 720p video, so I'm setting the RF to 20.

Video quality settings in HandBrake
Video quality settings in HandBrake

Begin by making small adjustments. Plus or minus 1 or 2 RF is usually noticeable.

Recommended settings for x264 and x265 encoders:

13. Click on the Audio tab.

14. Click on the Clear button to delete all audio tracks.

Delete audio tracks from video in HandBrake

15. Click on the Browse button in the bottom right corner of HandBrake.

Browse button in HandBrake

A “Save As” window will appear.

16. Select a location on your computer where you want to save the video file.

17. At File name, you type a name for the video with .mp4 or .mkv at the end of the file name.

18. Click on the Save button.

Save As window in HandBrake

19. When you're ready, you click on Start Encode located at the top of HandBrake.

Start Encode button in HandBrake

HandBrake will now convert your video to another video file.

The result will be a new video file without sound. The original video file will not be affected.

You can see the progress at the bottom of HandBrake.

Progress bar in HandBrake

How to remove audio from a video using Filmora

Filmora is a user-friendly video editor for Microsoft Windows and macOS.

I'm using Filmora for editing videos for my YouTube channel.

Filmora website

1. Open Filmora.

2. Click on Import and then click on Import Media Files.

Import Media Files in Filmora

A “Open” window will appear.

3. Within this window, you go to the video file you want to remove the sound from.

4. Select the video file.

5. Click on the Open button.

Open video file in Filmora

6. Drag the video to the timeline.

Or stand with your mouse cursor on the video and then click on the (+) button in the middle of the video.

Add video to timeline in Filmora

7. Filmora will now ask you if you want to change the project's settings to match this media. I recommend choosing the same resolution and framerate as the original video.

Project Settings in Filmora

Note: You can also find a project settings button below the video preview player.

Project settings button in Filmora

8. Right-click on the video in the timeline and then click on Detach Audio.

Detach Audio in Filmora

Now you will see an audio track appear below the video.

9. Click on the audio track to select it.

10. Right-click on the audio track and then click on Delete.

Delete audio track in Filmora

The audio track is now deleted.

11. If you're done editing, you can export the video. To do so, you click on the Export button at the top.

Export button in Filmora

A “Export” window will appear.

12. Select a video format.

13. Type a name for your video.

14. At Save to, you can see and change the location on your computer where Filmora will save the new video. To change this location, click on the small folder icon.

15. If you want more advanced settings, you click on the Settings button.

Export settings in Filmora

16. When you're ready, you click on the Export button at the bottom right of the “Export” window.

Filmora will now create your video.

The result will be a new video file without sound. The original video file will not be affected.

A small window will appear and here you can see the progress.

Progress window in Filmora

Filmora will also play a sound when the process is complete.


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References:

HandBrake Documentation