Use Windows Movie Maker to Extract Audio from Video Clip

No video file is considered as complete without an audio source accompanying it. However, at times, it becomes essential to strip out the complete audio or a portion of it from some video footage and then keep the audio whilst replacing some of the video. What do you do then? If you do not want to install any third-party tools, but still get the work done, I suggest you use Windows Movie Maker.

Windows Movie Maker comes pre-installed with Windows and offers a multitude of options for editing videos such as removing the soundtrack.

Extract Audio from Video Using Windows Movie Maker

At first, download the Windows Live Essentials Suite, if you don’t have it installed on your system. Windows Movie Maker comes as a part of this suite.

Windows Essentials

After downloading and installing it, open ‘Movie Maker’ by typing the term in Windows search charms-bar. Under the ‘Home’ menu look for the ‘Add videos and Photos’ option. Choose the option and browse to the location of the video file you would like to strip audio source from.

Audio only

Then, click on the ‘File’ menu, select the ‘Select Movie’ option and in the adjacent pane scroll down until you find ‘Audio only’ option.

Hit the option to Extract the audio from the video file and choose a suitable name for the audio file. By default, your audio file is saved in MP4/AAC format. Some other formats are supported too. You can select the desired format that is considered as standard and compatible with most devices from the drop-down menu. There isn’t support for FLV files though!

Audio format

After choosing the name and format, allow the program to extract the audio. This may take seconds or minutes, depending upon the length of the file. A progress bar will indicate the progress of conversion.

Movie maker complete

Later, when the process is complete, an option requesting you to play the music or open the folder location and move the file to the desired location will be displayed on your computer screen.

Movie maker complete done

That’s it!

Also read How to edit videos in Windows Live Movie Maker.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


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  2. Sri Navya

    It was useful . Thanq. This has the step by step procedure to remove audio from a video file using windows movie maker.

    I hope this will help you guys.

  3. Anand

    Thanks.. for the tutorial…. very helpful.

  4. Blazej

    Very usefull tip. Is it possible to configure quality of extracted music from video in Movie Maker? Is t possible to extract it to WAV format (I can choose only AAC or WMA)?

  5. Fran

    Thank you so much! I had to remove Super and Format Factory because of their malware/adware and I was afraid I’d be forced to use another such program, but this will be much easier without the worry.

  6. The Regretful

    It keeps downloading it as audio only, but when I put the audio back in the video, nothing’s there…

  7. Anonymous

    it doesn’t work there’s no audio setting for me what version is this on?

  8. Tufel

    hi,,,,, after drag video in timeline, right click & select split,,, there is two part are available one think video & second think audio, you can delete audio clip ..

  9. Joebenson

    hello. my movie maker doesnt have the option for audio only? how can i overcome this problem.

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  11. Dan

    Hi there and thank you soooo much. My point and shoot cam, as well as iphone is plenty for my purposes but was not sure about those devices for editing the audio (i.e. needing to extract audio) Had NO IDEA that Movie Maker does that. Again thank you. Very much a newbie with this type of work, can u please tell me how or what the process is in re-converging the editted audio with the video? I record music. I will be bringing audio file into cubase 6 and using advanced plig-ins for sound treatment then needing to re-converge….is it intuitive/ does it just “do it” by opening the two together….etc. How does this work? I have no idea….. please help if you can. thnx so much. ~Dan

  12. Throngol The Magnificent

    Nope. I downloaded. Went from V11 to V12 – 2012. Still “Audio only” option.

  13. Throngol The Magnificent

    Still NO audio only option…

  14. Tamara L.

    Thank you for your help, much appreciated!

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