How to Mute Audio in a Video using VLC and YouTube

A picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth a thousand pictures and if you see recent trends, users have now started to share more videos than ever before. However, people still refrain from posting videos online and one of the major reasons is because of the crappy audio that’s captured from your phone’s microphone.

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The audio can also be embarrassing sometimes when someone around you is not aware that you are filming. But still, the audio should not stop you from uploading your beautiful holiday video to the web. Just remove the audio from the video and mute it and later, add some soothing music in the background and it will be perfect.

So here’s the trick to mute a video using VLC and YouTube for free and without any limits.

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Removing Sound using VLC

If it’s a personal computer and you can install VLC on it, it’s one of the best ways to remove audio from any video. To start, open the VLC Media player and click on Media and select the option of Convert/Save (Ctrl+R).

Convert Save

On the Open Media window that opens up, click on Add and select the video file that you would like to mute the audio from and click on the Convert/Save button.


When the convert window opens up, first, select the profile you would like to use to convert the video. Next, click on the option of Edit Selected Profile next to it and you will be taken to the page where you can edit the selected profile.

Select Profile

Any profile you choose will have an audio tab to configure the audio codec and bitrate that you would like to use. Here, just uncheck the audio option and save the settings.

Remove Audio

Finally, select the output path again when you are on the Convert window and beginning the conversion process. The conversion will approximately take the same amount of time as the duration of the video and you will be able to see the process on the VLC seek bar.


After the conversion if done, just play the converted video and it will not have any sound like the original media. You can now re-edit it to include custom tracks or upload to social media without worrying.

Removing Audio using YouTube

This method must be taken as an alternative if you are not able to use VLC on your computer, as this process includes uploading the video to the web and then downloading it. It will not only take added time but also cost you some additional bandwidth. If you are ready, upload the video to your YouTube account and remember to mark it as private.


Keep the upload settings as default as it won’t matter much and wait for YouTube to process it completely.


Once the video is processed, open the YouTube video editor page and drag the video you uploaded to your library. When on video editor, navigate to the audio tab and use the volume slider to mute the video. If that’s all you want, give a name to the new video (project) and click on the button Create video.


Cool Tip: You can also add background music to these videos using the YouTube video editor.

The new video will be processed which might take a while and will be added to your video library along with all the uploads you have done. Now, all you need to do is, click on the down arrow next to the Edit button and select the Download option.

Watch the Video: If you’re more of a visual kinda person, then here’s our video explaining the above steps. If you like it, share it with your friends too!


So that was how you can use VLC and YouTube to remove audio from any given video. The reason I choose these two tools is because they are free to use without any limitation and works with most of the well-known media file format. If you have any tool in mind that can perform better, please do share it with us.

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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