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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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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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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
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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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    that's not what the user asked – Alexey Andronov Sep 25 '18 at 17:48
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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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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
  http://www.dvdflick.net/

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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