After recording an incredible video, it’s always disappointing to listen to distored playback audio, loud background noise, or something else you would rather not hear. Have no fear! With Kapwing you can easily remove the sound from your footage before you share it with friends, family, and the whole world. You can use the website from your phone or computer, with no application to download or log in required.

In this article, I’ll show you how to mute your video (and even add different audio!) in 3 easy steps:

  1. Upload your video to Kapwing’s Studio
  2. Mute the video (+ bonus add audio)
  3. Download and share

Why remove audio?

It’s useful to turn off the sound of your video when the clip has:

  • Distracting background noise
  • copyright music
  • A sound or bit of dialogue to remove, redact, or bleep out
  • Uninteresting sound that you want to replace with music
  • Unclear or low-quality audio that you want to replace with a high-quality recording
  • Visuals that you want to sync with a different song

Meme makers and comedians often remix the sound of a YouTube video and need to remove the audio to replace it.

Step 1: Upload your video

Open Kapwing’s Studio from any device with a browser and find the video that you want to mute. Keep in mind that with the free version of Kapwing, you can export videos up to seven minutes long or you can upgrade to Kapwing Pro to remove the audio from a longer video.

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There are several ways to add your video to the Kapwing Studio.You can click "upload file," paste a video link, or click "Get Started" to launch the Studio. From here, you can drag and drop a video into the Studio or login to Google Drive to import a video. In my example, I pasted a link to a video from our YouTube channel.

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Your video will be loaded and prepared in Studio and the timeline will appear underneath the canvas.

Step 2: Mute the video

There are two ways you can remove the audio from your video. Let's start with the easiest option-the mute button. To mute a video on a PC, click your video to select it, then drag the volume slider all the way to the left.To remove the audio while using Kapwing on an iPhone or Android, tap "edit video" and drag the slider in the same direction.

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The next option allows you to completely remove the audio from the video. All you have to do is right-click on the video layer and select "detach audio." From here, delete the audio layer and your video is now rid of any low quality music or distracting background noise!

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There are plenty of other things you can do with Kapwing’s Studio. You can drag the ends of the lay to trim the video, change the speed, add text, generate subtitles, and more.

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To add replace the audio, click "Audio" in the toolbar and upload an MP3 or paste a video or audio link. You can also drag and drop an audio file into the Studio. Read more about this process here.

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Once the preview looks and sounds right, click “Export Video” to process your video.

Step 3: Download, share, and reuse

After your video has been processed, click "download" to save it to your device. If you want to make additional edits to your original video, click "Edit" to reopen the Studio. You can create a different version of your video by clicking "Make a Copy" to retain the original video. Sign up for a free Kapwing account to remove the watermark, and to store content for up to two days.

I hope this article helps you remove the audio with Kapwing. For an even quicker method use this tool.

Cover photo by Gavin Whitner