Looking for a verb that would be the visual equivalent of mute as it would be used on an audio player. That is to say, the content is continuing to be played, but not being displayed on the device.
I would go with hide, if the context is content being played on a device.
- "The video is hidden, but I can still hear the audio."
- "The audio is muted, but I can still see the video."
To blind (out) or blank (out) come to mind.
I would suggest black out.
- The sound was muted and the visuals were blacked out.
I guess it depends what you mean by "mute".
- If it is mute as in "mute the TV"
- the word you want is blank. (as has been mentioned) Blank in many contexts including video means "empty".
- If is is mute as in "muted tones"
- Then it is more likely you want something else. "Mute" works for visuals, as does subdue, desaturate, pale, darken, dilute.
- If you were looking for Sound is to "trumpet mute"
- Visuals is to ... moire filter? frosted glass ? :)
AV systems sometimes use the phrase "video mute" to describe this.
"Shroud" comes to my mind as the closest analogue to "mute" and it's an interesting verb. "Mask" is also logical.
I have seen the verb dim used for that purpose.
Depends entirely on context and what is generating the visuals as "visuals" could cease in a variety of ways.
Are we talking about a pause, like on a vcr or tivo?
"The sounds muted and the picture froze" "The sounds muted and the visuals paused."
Was the visual stopped altogether? Suddenly or abruptly?
"The sounds muted and the visuals darkened." "The sounds muted and the visuals faded to black."
Something that cannot be seen temporarily is often said to be "masked", or indeed simply "hidden". Thus "mask" or "hide" may be reasonable options.
Dim or blank, perhaps? .
I suggest "black". I know it is not a verb, but the function you're describing is provided in a visual presentation management package I've used (called "EasyWorship"), and the toggle that controls this function is labeled this way. I found it very intuitive.
This is an interesting concept, but neuroscience tells us that we are continually "muting" our field of vision. Although almost a third of the neurons in the brain are devoted to vision,and over 80% of us are "visual" learners, we are blind to the world; we see, but are muted to all the particulars. A word that might best describe that is simply "unaware" or "unconscious".
Or what about "seeing non-colored-silence".