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How to detach audio from video

Updated January 30, 2024

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Is your video's audio not quite right? There’s no need to re-record your video if it has bad audio quality or unnecessary sound. Easily detach or mute the audio from your videos to replace with royalty-free music, sound effects, or even voiceovers.

Polish up your videos audio with pro editing features and quickly share directly to YouTube, TikTok and Instagram confidently.  

Read on to learn how to detach audio from video, mute audio, and remove audio from parts of your video with Clipchamp.

How to detach audio from video 

Step 1. Import your videos

To import your own videos, photos, and audio, click on the import media button in the your media tab on the toolbar to browse your computer files, or connect your OneDrive.  

An image of a user importing media.

Next, drag and drop your video onto the timeline.

An image of a user adding their media to the timeline.

Step 2. Detach audio from your video

Click on your video on the timeline so it’s highlighted green, then click on the audio tab on the right property panel, then on the detach audio button.

An image of a user clicking on the audio tab on the property panel then clicking detach audio.

Your audio file should now be detached from your video and located under your video on the timeline. The audio file will also automatically download to your computer.

Note: The existing video on your timeline will now have no sound.

An image of the video and audio separate on the timeline.

Alternatively, you can detach the audio from your video by right-clicking on the video preview on the timeline, then clicking audio, then detach. You can mute your video here as well.

An image of a user right-clicking on the timeline video to detach audio.

Step 3. Delete or replace the detached audio with stock music

If you want to delete the detached audio from your timeline, click on the audio file so it’s highlighted green, then click on the trash can icon. You can also use the delete key on your keyboard.

An image of a user deleting the detached audio.

You can also replace the separated audio with one of our stock audio tracks. Click on the content library tab on the toolbar and click on the audio drop down arrow, then click on music. Search through the different stock categories using the search bar as well. Drag and drop your music track onto the timeline to get started.  

An image of a user replacing detached audio with stock music.

For a more detailed tutorial on how to detach audio from video, check out our YouTube video.

How to mute video online

If you don't want to detach audio from video, but still want to remove sound, just mute your video. Click the audio button on the video preview on the timeline. The audio symbol will change from on to off, and your video will now be muted.

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You can also turn down the volume of your video using the audio tab on the right property panel and drag the audio toggle left and right.

An image of a user editing the volume of a video to mute.

Check out our YouTube tutorial to learn more about muting videos.

How to split audio from part of a video

Split your videos audio to add sound effects, remove unwanted audio, or make room for royalty-free stock music. To cut audio from video at a specific timeframe, first separate audio. Right click on the video on the timeline, then click audio, then click detach. The audio file will appear below your video on the timeline, and automatically download to your computer.  

An image of a user right clicking on the video, then audio, then detach audio.

Click on the audio file on the timeline so it’s highlighted green. Move your curser to a specific timestamp where you would like to edit your audio, then click the split button.  

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Your audio will now be in two parts. Move your curser again to the end of the timeframe where you would like to split. Then, click on the split button again. Your audio will now be split into three parts. 

An image of a user moving the timeframe then clicking split again.

Click on the unwanted audio clip, then click the delete button to remove the audio. The unwanted audio clip will now be removed from the timeline.  

An image of a user deleting the split audio.

Pro audio editing features

Trim audio in video

Effortlessly trim the length of your audio using the green handles. Click on the audio file on the timeline, so it’s highlighted green. Using the green handles, drag the bar to the left of your timeline to make the audio shorter. If you make your audio too short, just drag the slider back to the right to readjust your audio.

An image of a user trimming audio on the timeline.

Increase volume of video audio

Click on your MP3 file on the timeline, then click on the audio tab on the property panel. Use the audio volume booster to increase the volume of your audio asset. Drag the volume slider to the right to increase the numeric value and volume. Your video sound will now be louder. 

An image of a user adjusting the volume.

Fade in and fade out audio

To fade in and out audio, click on the fade tab on the property panel. To add a fade in to your music, drag the fade in slider to the right. To add a fade out to your audio, drag the fade out slider to the right. The numeric value will also change simultaneously with the music fader slider. Check out our YouTube tutorial for more help.

An image of a user fading audio.

Speed up and slow down detached audio

Click on the speed tab on the toolbar, then customize your speed from 0.1x to 16x the speed. Drag the speed slider to the left to slow down the speed or drag to the right to speed up the audio speed. You can also type in a specific numeric value. Take a look at our YouTube tutorial for more help.

An image of a user editing the speed using the speed controller.

Ideas to detach audio from video

  • Download your MP3 video file automatically to your device by detaching audio from video using Clipchamp.

  • Turn long form YouTube videos into Shorts and Reels using the same audio.

  • Edit out mistakes in your AI voiceovers or voice recordings instead of re-recording.

  • Remove unwanted background music and sound effects attached to video clips.

  • Edit out distracting background noise from your video.  

  • Export videos in 1080p or 4k video resolution with and without sound.  

Frequently asked questions

Can I undo if I accidentally delete the audio to my video?

Yes. Using the undo and redo buttons on the timeline, you can undo and redo any action you have made in the editor. You can also re-add your video to the timeline to get it back to its original form.

Can I edit the detached audio from video?

Yes. You can edit your audio volume, speed and add fades. You can also trim, split, and delete your audio file on the timeline.

Can I export my audio only?

No. Clipchamp exports all videos in MP4 format, meaning you can’t export MP3 files alone. You can however detach audio from video to automatically download the MP3 file to your device.

If you’re looking for more ways to edit audio, check out this list of easy audio editing hacks or replace existing audio with our online voice recorder.

Start editing today with Clipchamp or download the Clipchamp Windows app for free.

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