How To Remove the Audio from a Video File with Windows Movie Maker
Video files almost always have an audio aspect to them, whether it is music or sound effects accompanying the action within, or both. If you want to strip out the audio track from a video file, either to replace it with a new one or to make a silent movie, you can use Windows Movie Maker to achieve this.
Windows Movie Maker comes pre-installed with Windows and provides a multitude of options for budding video editors, and for simple tasks (such as removing the soundtrack), completely bypasses the need to purchase expensive video editing software.
To learn how to create a silent video from a noisy one using just Windows Movie Maker, follow the steps below.
Press CTRL and I to import the movie file you wish to silence into Windows Movie Maker. Locate the file on your computer and double-click to load it.
Click the thumbnail image of the movie and drag it into the bottom panel (in the timeline view) of Windows Movie Maker.
Click Storyboard, located also in the bottom panel, and choose Audio Levels from the dropdown menu. Drag the slider bar to the far left to reduce the audio down to the minimum level, or simply click the Mute button for the same effect.
Press CTRL and P to export the new version of the video file. Select a location on your hard drive, and a file name.
Ensure you don’t save over the original file in case you want to revert to the version with sound at a later date.
Locate the movie file on your computer (in the location specified in Step 4) and open it in your media player of choice. There should be no sound heard now as the movie plays.
Tips & Advice
- This technique is also useful for removing unwanted background sounds from camcorder footage you have recorded yourself. If you have shot some beautiful scenery whilst on the holiday, the last thing you want on the soundtrack is the hissing sound sometimes associated with camcorders.
- As you would expect, you can also use Windows Movie Maker to add a new soundtrack to your new silenced movie. This process has been described in the article How to: Add Music to Windows Movie Maker.