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Five ways to remove audio from video effortlessly

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There are many reasons for wanting to pull audio from video. You may want to extract mp3 from a video so it's easier to transcribe. There might be unique sounds from a movie or show that you want to save to use later in your own videos.

You may want to strip the audio files from lectures or interviews and turn them into a personal audiobook. Or maybe you're a big fan of music and there's a special soundtrack that you love but isn't available on music streaming services, and you need to separate it so you can listen to it whenever you want without having to watch the clip every time.

Or you may need only the audio clip so you can use it to create a dub in a different language, make a remix, or insert it into another video file.

Thanks to the advances in media software development, audio extraction is no longer a difficult task. You don’t have to outsource this job to someone else and pay them big bucks for it. There are a number of methods and software you can use to rip audio from video without putting a huge dent in your bank account. All you need is a top-quality mp3 extractor to get the job done.

In this post, we’ll show you some quick and easy tools and ways to help you extract any audio you want from your video files on your computer and smartphone.

Method 1: How to remove audio from video with BeeCut Audio Extractor 

BeeCut is a powerful audio extractor and video editor that allows you to easily and speedily separate music, sounds, and other audio tracks from your video without diminishing the original quality of the files.

This tool supports a vast range of video formats, so whatever the type of file that you upload, BeeCut will help you rip the audio clips you want from it. BeeCut runs smoothly on Windows and Mac systems. Because it's an online tool, you can access it at any time, wherever you are from right within your browser without having to go through the long, annoying process of installation and configuration.

All it takes is a few clicks to remove audio from your video with BeeCut Audio Extractor. Here's how:

Step 1. Visit the Beecut Audio Extractor page and click the Plus icon to upload the video you want to extract audio from or drag and drop it into the box.

Step 2. Wait for the video to load completely then enter a start and end time to select the area of the clip you want to pull the audio from or just drag the slider and use it to mark the stand and end points.

Step 3. Click the Start extracting button and wait for the tool to do its magic and rip the audio you want from the imported video.

Step 4. Once the extraction is complete, click the Download button to save the extracted audio recording.

Method 2: How to extract audio from mp4 via VLC

Another way to remove audio from video is with VLC. This handy, open-source media player allows you to edit all kinds of video files and rip audio from them.

Unlike BeeCut, VLC is completely free to use and it works on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. However, it requires download and installation and is a bit more complicated than its counterpart. 

The VLC program works offline so once you download it, you won't require an internet connection to access it and perform edits on your videos. 

Here's how you can use VLC to strip audio from MP4 in just a few steps.

Step 1. Head over to VLC's official site to download the program for your operating system. Once the download is completed, install it on your device and launch it.

Step 2. Scroll to the top menu of the home screen and click on Media, followed by Convert/Save.

Step 3. A dialog box will open up. Click on the Add button with the plus sign in front of it, located on the right corner of the page, then select the video file you want to remove the audio from.

Step 4. Check the Show more options box at the bottom of the page. You'll be shown two fields that you can use to set the exact Start Time and Stop Time of the encoding or the audio segments that you want to extract.

Step 5. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the pull-down button next to Cancel and select Convert from the list of options.

Step 6. On the window that appears, click on the Profile pull-down menu to choose the file type and type of encoding that you want for your audio clip—preferably MP3. You can customize the clip further by clicking on the wrench icon in the right-hand corner to adjust the audio channel, codec, sample rate, and bitrate.

Step 7. Click on Browse at the bottom right, set a name and destination for the audio file, and click Save. When you return to the window, the Start button will be enabled, click on it to start the audio extraction process. Give the program time to extract and convert the audio from your video file. You can track its progress using the progress bar at the bottom of the page.

Step 8. Once the extraction process is completed, go to your destination folder to open and play the ripped audio file.

Method 3: Extract audio from video online using Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro works on all operating systems, be it Linux, Mac, or Windows. It allows you to edit videos in any format and it offers virtual reality and 8K video support.

The software's interface is modern and sophisticated enough to wow anyone, but it requires time and patience to navigate and master. You can try Premiere Pro out for free for 7 days, after which you'll need to cough up $20.99/month to keep using the service.

Compared to BeeCut and VLC Media Player, the process of extracting audio from video with Adobe Premiere Pro is quite technical and convoluted, but you can still successfully use it to strip sounds from your video. All you have to do is follow the guide below.

Step 1. Sign up for Adobe Premiere Pro, then download, install, and launch the program on your computer. From the Start screen, click New Project or choose File > New > Project from the main menu.

Step 2. In the dialog box that opens, give your project a name, click Browse to select the destination you want to save it to, then click OK.

Step 3. Import the video files you want to pull audio from into Premiere Pro by clicking Select File > Import from Media Browser. Or drag the file from the Media Browser into the Project panel or a timeline. Or right-click the file in the Media Browser and select Import.

Step 4. From here, there are two methods you can use to extract audio from MP4. The first is the Direct extraction method. It's to be used when you want the entire audio clip in a video and you want to preserve the settings/form of the original audio. To get started, simply:

  • Scroll to the Project panel and select Clip > Audio Options > Extract Audio to choose one or more clips containing audio.

  • Premiere Pro will generate new audio files with the extracted audio. You can find them in the destination folder by searching for filenames with "Extracted" at the end.

Step 5. If you only want a part of the audio from a video and not all of it, use the Separation method to unlink the audio from the footage and edit the track before exporting it. 

  • Choose a video file with the audio you want to extract. You'll notice that files containing both audio and video appear as two linked tracks so any changes you make to one will reflect in the other. To unlink them, use Shift-click to select the clip(s), then right-click and select Unlink from the list that pops up.

  • Next, you'll need to change your time rule in the Timeline panel to audio samples instead of frames, then create In and Out points with the playhead. Ensure that the audio tracks aren't muted before you proceed to export them.
  • Click on File > Export > Media and select the audio format you want. If you want, you can change the file quality in the drop-down below. If you're exporting the whole audio clip, your source range should be set to Entire Sequence. If you're exporting only a part of it, set it to Sequence In/Out.
  • Once you're done with the configuration, select a location for the extracted audio file and click Export to convert and save the audio in your desired file format.


Method 4: Rip music from video on iPhone

If you use an iPhone and you want to separate audio from video on your device, you can use the in-built iMovie app to carry out this task. Once you rip music or audio from a clip, you can do whatever you want with the extracted audio just like with any other clip. If you want, you can trim it, move, add audio effects, and make other modifications to it.

Follow these simple steps to start stripping audio clips from video files with iMovie.

  1. Launch the iMovie app and select the video in the timeline. The inspector at the bottom of the screen will be revealed.

  1. Tap the Actions button/Scissors icon, followed by Detach to remove the audio from the video clip. The extracted audio will appear beneath the video with a blue bar around it.

  1. You can now edit, delete, move, or save the separated audio track or attach it to another video clip.

If you want to keep only a part of the extracted audio as opposed to the whole clip, you can split it in iMovie before saving it. When you split an audio file, you can get rid of the unwanted segments or modify the volume, speed, and duration of each segment. Here's how:

  1. Open the project, then scroll to the timeline and position the playhead at the point where you want to split the audio clip.
  2. Tap the audio clip in the timeline to expose the inspector at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Now, tap the Actions button/Scissors icon, then tap Split to complete the action. Alternatively, you can tap the clip until it becomes highlighted in yellow, then swipe your finger down over the playhead at the point you want to split the audio clip from.

Method 5: How to strip audio from MP4 on Android

One of the best ways to extract audio from video on Android is with Video MP3 Converter. The audio extractor tool is free and easy to use. To get started, follow the guide below.

  1. Download and install the Video MP3 Converter app from Google Play Store.
  2. Run the app on your device. Your videos should appear on the first page of the app. If not, scroll to the top-right of the screen and tap on the magnifying glass icon to search for it. When you find it, tap on it to select.

  1. Check to see if the Convert Toggle is set to audio. If it isn't, tap on it and select the music note. The remaining options will also change, allowing you to choose a file format and encoding for the audio clip. Use the selection nodes on the timeline to set the start and end of the audio you want to extract.

  1. Tap Save As and choose where you want to save the extracted audio if you want to define the output folder by yourself.

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap Convert, then give the app time to rip and convert the audio clip.


When it comes to removing audio from video, there are plenty of available options that you can explore. Some of these options cater to specific devices while others are cross-platform. And some mp3 extractors are cloud-based and free, while others require download and a monthly subscription.

Make sure you take your experience, as well as your present and future video requirements into consideration when deciding which sound extractor to choose. 

Hammad Akbar
Hammad Akbar
September 16, 2021