Opened 3 years ago

Closed 3 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#7792 closed defect (needs_more_info)

duration line ignored

Reported by: Dan Jacobson Owned by:
Priority: normal Component: undetermined
Version: unspecified Keywords:
Cc: Blocked By:
Blocking: Reproduced by developer: no
Analyzed by developer: no


ffmpeg -f concat -i F -y /tmp/z.mp4
with file F:

file V_20190312_092245_vHDR_On.mp4
file V_20190312_092413_vHDR_On.mp4
file V_20190312_093018avHDR_On.mp4
file V_20190312_093018_vHDR_On.mp4
duration 3:30
file V_20190312_094155_vHDR_On.mp4
file V_20190312_094454_vHDR_On.mp4
file V_20190312_095415_vHDR_On.mp4
file V_20190312_100103_vHDR_On.mp4
file V_20190312_101016_vHDR_On.mp4

the duration line was ignored.

Change History (11)

comment:1 by Gyan, 3 years ago

How long is V_20190312_093018_vHDR_On.mp4 and what do you wish to achieve with the duration directive?

comment:2 by Carl Eugen Hoyos, 3 years ago

Component: ffmpegundetermined
Version: 4.1unspecified

Please test current FFmpeg git head, provide the command line you tested together with its complete, uncut console output and ffmpeg -i output at least for the file for which you want to define a duration (or for all files) to make this a valid ticket.

comment:3 by Dan Jacobson, 3 years ago

In fact today I have a good Internet connection,
I can upload all 160 MB for you guys to play with.

comment:4 by Dan Jacobson, 3 years ago

Who / where / how would you like me to send them?
That would be the best way.
In a couple days I'm going back to my mountain, where such transfers would be impossible.

Last edited 3 years ago by Dan Jacobson (previous) (diff)

comment:5 by Dan Jacobson, 3 years ago

$ apt-cache policy $@

Installed: 7:4.1.1-1
Candidate: 7:4.1.1-1
Version table:

* 7:4.1.1-1 500

500 unstable/main amd64 Packages

P.S., you can also see if the final product is playable to the end (not!).
In the end I was forced to use ffmpeg -t 210 to truncate that one video, before I uploaded them all as
separate files to
having given up on dreams of gluing them together.

comment:6 by Carl Eugen Hoyos, 3 years ago

Resolution: needs_more_info
Status: newclosed

Please reopen this ticket if you can provide the requested console output(s).

comment:7 by Nicolas George, 3 years ago

The duration directive in concat cannot be used to truncate a video. The inpoint and outpoint directives may be what you are looking for.

Also, this is a bug tracker, not a help forum; and only current Git Head is supported here, not releases patched by distributions.

in reply to:  7 comment:8 by Dan Jacobson, 3 years ago

Replying to Cigaes:

The duration directive in concat cannot be used to truncate a video.

OK, but please mention that very clearly at

comment:9 by Dan Jacobson, 3 years ago

And as a matter of fact, users currently will think "that is what I am looking for" and not read further.
With the result being they, instead of truncating the file they intended, instead not only do not truncate it, but make the rest of the concatenation mysteriously non-playable beyond that component, due to ruined time information.
Hence even more need to make the documentation clear.

comment:10 by Gyan, 3 years ago

The name of the directive is a bit of a misnomer. It helps determine the offset for the start time of the *next* video, relative to the current one - useful in creating timestamp gaps to create a sparse input stream, like an image slideshow with varying durations.

comment:11 by Dan Jacobson, 3 years ago

Well all of this the user never imagined. Therefore it seems "duration"'s documentation there needs to be increased about five times more. Thanks.

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