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I have several AVI files that have dual audio in Russian/English. The default audio is Russian, and I want to change the default language or remove the Russian language from these AVI files.

How could I achieve this? I don't want to change the audio stream every time I play the movie.

Are there any free tools?

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Just read a tutorial on how to remove audio from video on Mac and Windows which inform us:

You can also give Windows Movie Maker a try. Here are the concrete steps:

1. Import the video to a new project and add it to timeline;
2. Click on the bit of the video you want to mute;
3. Click on "Clip" at the top of the screen;
4. Click on audio;
5. Click on mute.

This way only mute the audio from video rather than delete the audio from video. Furthermore, if your operating system is Mac or your source files are incompatible with Windows Movie Maker, the way will not work at all.

If you are a Mac user, iMovie is a nice choice to remove sound from video. Here are the concrete steps:

1. Import video to iMovie and place it on the timeline;
2. Select the track in the timeline;
3. Go to "Advanced" tab -> Extract Audio;
4. Select the audio track and delete it.

This way is only for Mac users. If you are using a Windows or your source files are not supported by iMovie, it is not fit you. Since your source file is AVI format, you need to convert them to iMovie supported format.

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I don't see it recommend but I think you can do this with HandBrake. Just open the AVI up in Handbrake then click on the Audio tag. Good luck!

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I was able to do this with the Avidemux (GUI) program

Main menu: Audio -> Select track; you select the tracks you want to keep, and save as a new file.

Just in case, Avidemux is in the standard Fedora Linux repository; I'm sure it is standard in Ubuntu/Debian, too.

ffmpeg (console) is also able to do this:

$ ffmpeg -i file.avi -map 0:0 -map 0:3 -acodec copy -vcodec copy file.1-track.avi

(keeping the video track, and audio track #3), but on one of my files the resul I got with Avidemux was better.

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Recoding is a ridiculous solution. Just use a player that you can customize to automatically choose your preferred language. e.g., Use VLC Media Player. It's free and considered one of the best.

Go to Tools > Preferences > Audio and on this page enter your "Preferred Audio Language."

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VirtualDubMod also provides the ability to choose which audio streams you want to keep (after selecting the audio stream, you can set the video and audio options to direct-copy, then save it). Of course if the AVI has VBR audio, it may have audio-sync problems because VDubMod has not been updated in a long time and doesn’t support it, and nandub which does support VBR audio, doesn’t have a way to (easily) select which audio stream you want.

Avidemux has the (limited) ability to use dual audio tracks, so it should also be able to select one from two.

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The OP has confirmed that Avidemux worked for him, btw. –  slhck Aug 14 '11 at 10:42
Thanks for letting me know; 100-—rep users tend not to follow up. –  Synetech Aug 14 '11 at 15:51

Give DVD Flick a try. I recall seeing an option to set various defaults, and one of them might be the language option.

  DVD Flick

DVD Flick is free, open source software for making DVDs. If you're ultimately wanting to produce a .ISO file that can later be burned on to a DVD, then this solution will hopefully be the right one for you.

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