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The easiest way is to place the video on the timeline and select File/Export/Audio.
You can also use Premiere Elements to simply capture the audio only from your camcorder by selecting the option in the capture workspace. But that depends on what type of camcorder you're capturing from, since only tape-based video can be captured directly into the program.
Some audio editors, such as Goldwave and Audacity, are able to read AVI files and extract the audio from them. You can only save as an audio file (in various formats) of course.
Peter. I see your reply to this question and have tried Audacity but doesn't seem to be able to load the audio from AVI files. Can you help please.
I'd first Export just the Audio (from Premiere Elements) as a WAV file, and then work on that in Audacity.
Two ways to do this:
Render & Replace, or File>Export>Audio. I like the latter, personally, because I have a tad more control, but the former is probably a bit quicker. You just have to find where the Rencer & Replace puts the WAV on your system - should be in the Project folder structure.
This is one of the things I love about Premiere Pro. I just Rt-click on the Audio and choose Edit in Audition - boom, Audition opens, my file is loaded and a Save from Audition will replace the (Render'ed & Replace'ed) file onto the Timeline, in perfect sync. It could not be easier, but I am not advocating purchasing some rather expensive Adobe programs, when you can do the same with but a few extra steps from a program, that you already own, and a freeware Aduio editor.
Another easy way to create a WAV file in Premiere Elements for any type of video clip is to use Clip > Audio Options > Render and Replace. That will create a WAV file and replace the audio clip on the timeline with the new WAV file (with any effects applied), which will be conformed to the project. You can even do this batch style by selecting multiple clips on the timeline and then going Clips > Audio Options > Render and Replace. A separate WAV file will be created for each clip you've selected on the timeline.
The wav files will also be available in the media bin, where you can select properties from the pop-up menu to find out where they were saved.
>Audacity but doesn't seem to be able to load the audio from AVI files
Yes. I normally use Goldwave, but tried Audacity before posting and it seemed to work also, but I didn't listen to the result. It says importing as MP3 (which it shouldn't) and only noise appears. So it looks like Audacity won't do it after all.