4 Easy Ways To Remove Audio From Video

Satyam Maitrai
Satyam Maitrai
Content Writer
10 min reading·

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Emotions are powerful. And, to perfectly capture an ‘emotion’ in a film, you will agree, that it is very critical to achieve a balance between the visual and audio parameters of the scenes. Moreover, as important as the role of music can be in a scene, many a time, ‘silence’ could equally create a game-changing effect. 

From the explosion scenes witnessed in the movie ‘Interstellar’ to the battle scenes showcased in ‘The Hunger Games’,  not only did the absence of sound have a mind-blowing effect, but it equally justified the environment and instantly hooked the audience.

Now if you are wondering how such marvelous effects were achieved, then let me tell you, it’s all about removing a part of the recorded audio and then editing it to match the context. 

Of course, one needs to use the best of the best software and tools to achieve such a high level of precision; And, today, I am here to let you know 4 easy and effective ways to remove audio from your video especially talking about my number #1 recommended and the most popular tool amongst the digital creators - the animatic software from MakeStoryboard.

But before we proceed further, let’s first understand, why animatic software has been a craze globally amongst filmmakers, storyboard artists, video editors, and freelancers.

What is Animatic Tool So Popular For?

MakeStoryboard Animatic Software helps you to view a story or a short concept entirely in motion instead of seeing it just visually through story frames. That is, it puts thoughts or words into action. The frames created can then be viewed in a continuous sequence using animation. 

Moreover, one could even see the slip-ups and accordingly plan the changes to be made in case of errors, making the software a one-stop solution, especially for professionals with a lot of video recording and editing work.

So, now that you know a brief about the software, let us consider some critical points to keep in mind before initiating the process of removing audio from a video.

Important Points to Remember While Removing Audio

  • Remember, muting is the best option to prevent sound mixing with the music of the Storyboard.
  • One should save backup copies of raw footage before editing, as one can need it anytime while working on the project.
  • However, if you want to eliminate the sound completely from the Storyboard, then deleting the audio before Export would help.
  • According to the 3-2-1 rule of editing, always have three backup copies in two backup folders and one of the copies should be stored off-site.
  • Both cloud storage and Autosave features act as the backbone.
  • Choosing the right editing tool matters a lot. Use software from MakeStoryboard if you are looking for pro-level editing. 
  • One should have a centralized editing setup for large projects.

Now, let us quickly learn the layout of the Animatic Software before using it finally to remove audio from a video.

MakeStoryboard Animatic Software -Full Layout

There are five ‘easy to navigate’ buttons available inside the Animatic software toolbox. These buttons are situated on the left side of the toolbar. These are Coming back to the first Frame, Going one frame back, Going one frame forward, Going fast forward to the last frame, and last but not least to start the animation playback.

Also, one can easily view the total number of currently selected frames and the total frames available in the Storyboard. 

The total animation time and current time are also shown at the toolbar's center. On the right of the Storyboard, one can even zoom in and out of the animation timeline. This is especially useful when we have more slides on the timeline. 

The animation can be opened on a full-screen window by clicking the respective icon on the right of the toolbar. The panel can also be hidden by pressing the gear button.

Lastly, there is a scene details menu on the top right. One can use functions like changing the frame duration, modifying the description and title, changing the shooting angle, or even leaving a comment if some edits are needed. 

That's all about the layout of the Animatic tool. To explore more on how you can club other software inside the storyboard and make the editing more effective, simply navigate to MakeStoryboard.

So, now that you are equipped to use the software, here’s how you can remove the audio

How To Remove Audio From Video Using MakeStoryboard?

  • First of all, you need to navigate to the MakeStoryboard homepage and point to ‘Solutions’. A drop-down menu shall appear. Just click on the Animatic Storyboard Software. The Animatic Tool Window shall appear. Alternatively, you can access the software directly from here.
  • Next, select the desired slides.
  • The estimated frame time you entered in the Storyboard is immediately read by the Animatic Software.
  • You can now go to the upcoming or previous frames using the available buttons on the toolbar.
  • Next, click on the ‘audio bar’ to the left of the storyboard timeline, and click the trash icon.
  • Finally, click on Export on the top right side of the Animatic Window to get the desired file.

So, this was just about one of the popular features that the animatic software offers. Aren’t you excited to know how else can it make your editing better?

I know you are. So here’s how.

Top Advantages of The Animatic Tool – Why It’s The Most Recommended?

MakeStoryboard helps to add dynamics to your animated story. With thousands of users from across the globe, the brand has received positive feedback from many of its customers.

Coming to the other advantage of the animatic software, it provides the average frame duration to help the user understand how long a scene will go. The ability of the tool to calculate the duration of a particular frame based on the subtitles added and the user's reading speed is fantastic. The storyboard frames can easily be played to understand the story in motion.

Now, if you want to add fields for subtitles or scenic descriptions, then that is also easily possible. Moreover, if you want to show how amazing your Storyboard is to your colleagues, you can quickly share animated storyboards with your friends and acquaintances in an easy-to-access format.

Nonetheless, if you are fond of adding custom audio, you can instantly add it to your footage. Frames can also be swapped instantly to change the story's whole course.

Lastly, as you know, feedback is a crucial component of every project. So, if you are open to feedback, then the MakeStoryboard feature of making the comments active when a particular frame is selected can prove a boon to you.

In brief, the MakeStoryboard Animatic tool has been made user-friendly with a solid pack of tools and features combined with animation dynamics that can not only level up your video editing skills (here’s a brief guide for you, if you are just starting with video editing) but can also help you master storyboarding in almost no time.

So, now that you know how Animatic software works, let us now explore some other popular tools that you can use to remove audio from your video footage.

iMovie Prominent Features

iMovie is the all-in-one tool for any new filmmaker at a minimal price or free of cost. Making short and promotional videos are its USP. Additionally, one has the option to enhance and modify the color settings of the video and to rotate and crop video clips as well. 

It is also used to stabilize videos that are shaky. The tool helps to enhance the project audio by minimizing the background noise and allowing a user to use different audio levels in the clips.

Removing Audio Using iMovie

iMovie is a wonderful video editing tool designed by Apple. It is especially suitable for an iPhone user, and one can use it free of cost on Mac. Now let’s learn the steps for removing audio from video as listed below.

  • After downloading iMovie on your iPhone or Mac, the tools open on the project page.
  • Click on the “create new” option on the ‘projects’ tab itself.
  • Next, navigate to the dropdown menu and select ‘Movie’.
  • Video could then be dragged and dropped into the timeline.
  • Alternatively, you can go to ‘file’ and import media.
  • The imported video should be right-clicked over its timeline. Post that, you can select the “Detach Audio” option from the menu.
  • The video clips will be represented in blue, and the audio clips in green to show that they are separated.
  • The audio track should be right-clicked and you can press ‘delete’, to finally delete the audio.
  • Alternatively, you can just separate clips and delete the audio track parts and edit them one by one.


Next, let’s learn the VLC way of removing audio.

VLC Prominent Features

The tool supports various file formats and is a one-stop solution for secure streaming. It is supported by a Non-Profit organization and is open-source free software. The tool is quite easy to use and user-friendly. It is majorly used for viewing as well. Apart from that, it can delete audio from all types of MP4 files. 

Now, here’s how to accomplish this using the below-listed steps.

Removing Audio Using VLC For Mac/Apple Software

  • First of all, you need to download the software and open it.
  • The file menu should be opened from the toolbar at the top, and “Convert/Stream” should be selected
  • The ‘Open Media’ option should be clicked, and the video should be selected.
  • Post that, click Customize in the “Choose Profile” option.
  • You should then move to the ‘Audio Codec” icon and tap the audio checkbox
  • Press “Apply”
  • Click Save on the “Convert and Stream” page to apply the changes, and you are good to go.

Please note that this step-by-step procedure removes the audio and saves the video on apple/mac devices. 

For Windows, here are the steps.

Removing Audio Using VLC From Windows/PC

  • Download the app and open it on the desktop.
  • Open the “Media” tab from the toolbar at the top.
  • Click “Convert/Save”.
  • Tap the ‘Add button’ in the Open Media popup.
  • Tap the Wrench Icon on the “convert” page.
  • Hower over to the “Audio Codec” tab available on the profile addition page.
  • Tap the audio checkbox located in the corner (top left).
  • Click on ‘Save’ in the top right.
  • Pick a destination for the file from the converted page and click on start to apply changes.

This procedure completely removes the audio, thus saving the video on windows/PC devices. 


So, now that we have the top 3 software discussed, let’s now learn about our last recommended tool called Media.io

Media.io Prominent Features

This tool is cloud-based software and an affordable video converter. Removing audio with this tool is super easy and almost all types of video formats are supported. 

Some of the exceptional features of this tool include adding music, reversing video, and basic video edits at an affordable price.

Let’s now understand the steps.

Removing Audio With Media.io Audio Cutter

  • Navigate to the tool’s menu at the left of the Media.io webpage.
  • Place the cursor on “audio cutter”.
  • ‘Upload Media’ should be clicked and the file should be selected.
  • The procedure automatically begins.
  • Just click on the download button when you are done.

Summing Up

While the presence of unnecessary disturbance and unwanted audio in the video is a major issue, especially for filmmakers and video editors, various high-end software like MakeStoryboard Animatic Software, iMovie, and VLC is used to resolve the issue. 

Nonetheless, I am sure, with the advancement of time, several additional features would be added to the above tools making them even more usable and dependable for filmmakers and editors.

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