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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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.


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, 2011 at 10:42

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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    that's not what the user asked Sep 25, 2018 at 17:48

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!


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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