Useful ffmpeg commands

Trim/Cut/Splitt Video

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -c copy -ss 00:05:00 -to 00:10:00 output.mp4
- -c copy Copy all streams
- -ss Start time offset
- -to Transcode stop time

(re)encode Video with h.254 and AAC

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -vcodec h264 -acodec aac output.mp4
- -vcodec h264 Encodes video to h264
- -acodec aac Encodes audio to aac

Resize Video to 1280x720 with high quality settings

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -vf scale=1280:720 -preset slow -crf 18 output.mp4
- -vf scale=1280:720 Set video filter to resize to 1280x720
- -crf 18 Constant Rate Factor. A lower value means higher quality

Convert only Audio. EAC3 to AC3 for Example

ffmpeg -i "input.mkv" -map 0 -c:s copy -c:v copy -c:a ac3 output.mkv
- -map 0 Selects all streams. Otherwise only one stream per stream type will be selected.
- -c:s copy Copy all subtitles.
- -c:v copy Copy all video.
- -c:a ac3 Encodes all audio to AC-3.

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