How to speed up


slow down a video

Version 7 (modified by evilsoup, 7 years ago) (diff)

Added atempo filter & speeding up video and audio at the same time

Speeding up/slowing down video

You can change the speed of your video using setpts video filter. The "old way" of creating timelapse or still frame was to first split up a video into individual frames, (for instance, as jpg's) then delete some and recombine the frames. Using the setpts filter is the new way and is faster and possibly less lossy :)

To speed up your video, you can type:

ffmpeg -i input.mkv -filter:v 'setpts=0.5*PTS' output.mkv

Note that this method will drop frames to achieve your desired speed. You can avoid dropping frames by specifying a higher "output frame rate" than the input, for example, to go from an input of 4 to one that is sped up to 4x that (16 fps):

ffmpeg -i input.mkv -r 16 -filter:v 'setpts=0.125*PTS' -an output.mkv

To slow down your video, you can type:

ffmpeg -i input.mkv -filter:v 'setpts=2.0*PTS' output.mkv

Speeding up/slowing down audio

You can speed up or slow down *audio* with the atempo audio filter. To double the speed of audio:

ffmpeg -i input.mkv -filter:a 'atempo=2.0' -vn output.mkv

The atempo filter is limited to using values between 0.5 and 2.0 (so it can slow it down to no less than half the original speed, and speed up to no more than double the input). If you need to, you can get around this limitation by stringing multiple atempo filters together. The following with quadruple the audio speed:

ffmpeg -i input.mkv -filter:a 'atempo=2.0,atempo=2.0' -vn output.mkv

Using a complex filtergraph, you can speed up video and audio at the same time:

ffmpeg -i input.mkv -filter_complex '[0:v]setpts=0.5*PTS[v];[0:a]atempo=2.0[a]' -map '[v]' -map '[a]' output.mkv