ffmpeg cheat sheet

First of all, after using yt-dlp to download 2 webm files for a video, you can combine them without reencoding using the following command (See here), Just make sure both files are VP8 or VP9

ffmpeg -i ao.webm -i vo.webm -c:v copy -c:a copy output.webm

To extract the section from the file resulting from the first command above

ffmpeg -ss 00:02:39.000 -i output.webm -t 00:00:05.000 -c copy out.mp4

Converting a file you have downloaded using 1 or any other file into MP4 (H264), since some windows computers will not play a webm file !

ffmpeg -i source264.mp4 -c:v libx265 -crf 28 -preset fast -c:a aac -b:a 128k  -filter:v fps=25 out265.mp4

If you want to cut a part of the video, without re-encoding it

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -vcodec copy -acodec copy -ss 00:01:00.000 -t 00:00:02.000 output.mp4

nVidia (GPU) : Convert H264/H265

Nvidia graphics card to convert H265 (MKV) to H264 MP4, Using nvidia hardware encoder to encode video into H264 or H265 !

To checks whether hardware encoders are available or not, run the command

ffmpeg -encoders | findstr /ic:"NVIDIA"

If the following two lines are in the command, you can use the nVidia encoder, the first codec is H264, and the second is for H265 (HEVC)

V....D h264_nvenc           NVIDIA NVENC H.264 encoder (codec h264)
V....D hevc_nvenc           NVIDIA NVENC hevc encoder (codec hevc)

ffmpeg.exe -vsync 0 -hwaccel cuda -i <input_file> -map 0  -c:a copy -c:v h264_nvenc -pix_fmt yuv420p -preset hq <output_file>

-vsync : Synchronize video audio and metadata using the video timestamp
-hwaccel cuda : Use nVidia’s cuda for hardware accelleration

Example, Convert mkv to mp4 (Tested OK)

Now, with the above out of the way, the following command should encode your 1080P mkv H265 video to H264 ! all within GPU, so this re-encodes an nVidia compatible format to another nVidia compatible format, on my 1650 card, it was encoding at 12x. this provides better compatibility, if smaller file size and quality are what you seek, then you should do it the other way around

ffmpeg -i "1080p.mkv" -c:v h264_nvenc -pix_fmt yuv420p -minrate 500k -maxrate 1000k -c:a mp3 -b:a 128k "1080p.mp4"

The other way around

ffmpeg -i "1080p.mp4" -c:v hevc_nvenc -pix_fmt yuv420p -minrate 200k -maxrate 1000k -c:a aac -b:a 128k "1080p.mkv"

NOTE: The above does everything within the GPU, if for example you wanted the decoding on CPU, that will make things much slower because the decoded video (Huge) will still need to be copied to the GPU,

nVidia : DVD to H265

Now one very common task people want to execute is converting their old, bulky DVD collection to H265 (Or H264 if they value compatibility over size and clarity), DVD files are usually on a DVD in the Video_TS folder, and the AudioTS folder, So this will create a few cases

Case 1: Audio_ts folder is empty, Video TS folder has files that you know the order they should be displayed in, the objective is to put them all in one video file (Assuming MKV but the container is your choice), in this case, I usually start by converting all the videos to H265, then combine them, here, most of my videos are interlaced (that will be dealt with with yadif), and sometimes, they are files of different resolutions, so I will unify their size

ffmpeg -i "v1.VOB" -c:v hevc_nvenc -c:a aac -b:a 256k -vf yadif,scale=1920:1080 -x265-params "crf=22:min-keyint=25:keyint=50" -preset slow "d1.mkv"

Now, create a list of the files

(for %i in (*.mkv) do @echo file '%i') > mylist.txt

And concatenate the videos

ffmpeg -f concat -i mylist.txt -c copy output.mkv

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