Extract audio or music from a video on PC

Background audio or music is very important to your visual content. Audio can bring your video to life. It adds atmosphere, evokes emotion, it is an essential component in engaging your audience. Sometimes when you got a video with noisy or unrelated audio captured, you may want to remove or change it. In this quick guide, we will show you how to achieve it using the free video editor by Microsoft, the Clipchamp video editor.


About Clipchamp video editor

Chipchamp is the new built-in video editor since Windows 11. It is the heir to the long absent Windows Movie Maker, a discontinued video editing software program by Microsoft. Unlike its predecessor, Clipchamp is a progressive web app, meaning it’s actually a website that acts like an application. You have to create a Clipchamp account or log in to a different supported account, such as a Microsoft account and stay connected to the internet when you are using this web-based app.

Get it in the Microsoft Store for free if it can’t be found on your PC. You can use it to edit videos for free.

clipchamp video editor for windows pc
Clipchamp video editor

Part 1. Extract sound track or music from a video

Here are the steps to use Clipchamp video editor to extract audio from a video on your PC.

Open the Clipchamp video editor on your PC. Click on the “Create a new video” button from its home screen. You will then be taken to the Your media screen where you can select and import the video you want to extract the audio from. Click Import media button or simply drag and drop media from your device to import. The imported videos will be displayed as thumbnails in its media library or media bin on the left column. We have to drag and drop it to the Clipchamp timeline below the preview window along the bottom.

use Clipchamp for Windows to extract sound track or music from a video on pc

Right-click on the video clip in the timeline and select Audio > Detach. This will separate the audio track from the video track and export the detached sound track to the Downloads folder on your computer. Just open File Explorer on your PC, browse to the Downloads folder, you can find the extracted audio track saves as a m4a file.

That’s it! We had no idea extracting audio from video files using Clipchamp would be so easy. There’s not even any export options or steps are required.

Part 2. Remove background audio or mute video

Follow above instructions to load the source video to the media editor and add it to the timeline on your computer.

Simply click the speaker icon above the video clip in the Timeline to mute it. Alternatively right click on the video in the Timeline, the contextual menu appears, choose Audio > Mute.

Part 3. Add audio or music to video

Click the + Add audio empty track in the Timeline to import audio or music from the audio stock or click Your media > Audio to import the extracted audio from previous video from your computer to the media library and then drag and drop it to the Timeline to replace the original audio track in the current video. In addition to the extracted sound track or background from other videos or movies, you can also import your own music, audio, sound recordings to the video.

Add stock audio or music to video using Clipchamp for Windows

You can repeat the above steps to add multiple audios to the Timeline and drag & drop to reorder them there. Play the video and when you are satisfied with the results, click the Export button at the top right section, choose a video quality you like. Again Clipchamp will export the video to the Downloads folder on your PC.