ffmpeg: Cut out a part of a video

Following is a snippet we used to remove a few seconds from a video using ffmpeg

ffmpeg -i 'input.mkv' -filter_complex \
  "[0:v]trim=end=553,setpts=N/FRAME_RATE/TB[v0]; \
   [0:a]atrim=end=553,asetpts=N/SR/TB[a0]; \
   [0:v]trim=start=559,setpts=N/FRAME_RATE/TB[v1]; \
   [0:a]atrim=start=559,asetpts=N/SR/TB[a1]; \
   [v0][a0][v1][a1]concat=n=2:v=1:a=1[v][a]" \
  -map "[v]" -map "[a]" 'output.mkv'

Specifically, we removed the seconds 09:13 (second 553) to 09:19 (second 559).

Compile ffmpeg with video stabilization (vidstab) support on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Below are the commands to build vid.stab and ffmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04LTS. (We did not include libaom).

sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake nasm libx264-dev libx265-dev libnuma-dev libvpx-dev libfdk-aac-dev libmp3lame-dev libopus-dev libunistring-dev
mkdir ~/ffmpeg_sources ~/ffmpeg_build ~/bin
cd ~/ffmpeg_sources
wget -O https://github.com/georgmartius/vid.stab/archive/master.zip
unzip master.zip
cd vid.stab-master
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:PATH=~/ffmpeg_build .
make install
sudo apt-get update -qq && sudo apt-get -y install \
autoconf \
automake \
build-essential \
cmake \
git-core \
libass-dev \
libfreetype6-dev \
libgnutls28-dev \
libsdl2-dev \
libtool \
libva-dev \
libvdpau-dev \
libvorbis-dev \
libxcb1-dev \
libxcb-shm0-dev \
libxcb-xfixes0-dev \
pkg-config \
texinfo \
wget \
yasm \
wget -O ffmpeg-snapshot.tar.bz2 https://ffmpeg.org/releases/ffmpeg-snapshot.tar.bz2 && \
tar xjvf ffmpeg-snapshot.tar.bz2 && \
cd ffmpeg && \
PATH="$HOME/bin:$PATH" PKG_CONFIG_PATH="$HOME/ffmpeg_build/lib/pkgconfig" ./configure \
--prefix="$HOME/ffmpeg_build" \
--pkg-config-flags="--static" \
--extra-cflags="-I$HOME/ffmpeg_build/include" \
--extra-ldflags="-L$HOME/ffmpeg_build/lib" \
--extra-libs="-lpthread -lm" \
--bindir="$HOME/bin" \
--enable-gpl \
--enable-gnutls \
--disable-libaom \
--enable-libass \
--enable-libfdk-aac \
--enable-libfreetype \
--enable-libmp3lame \
--enable-libopus \
--enable-libvorbis \
--enable-libvpx \
--enable-libx264 \
--enable-libx265 \
--enable-nonfree \
--enable-libvidstab && \
PATH="$HOME/bin:$PATH" make && \
make install && \
hash -r
source ~/.profile


Using vid.stab with default parameters and two step process.

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:~/ffmpeg_build/lib
ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -vf vidstabdetect -f null -;
ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -vf vidstabtransform,unsharp=5:5:0.8:3:3:0.4 output.vid.stab.mp4;


Using deshake filter for comparison.

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -vf deshake output.deshake.mp4


Rough note on ffmpeg: Merge Two Videos Side by Side

The following command will create a video from two input files and place them side by side using the hstack filter.

ffmpeg -i left.mp4 -i right.mp4 -filter_complex hstack output.mp4;

More information on the hstack filter:

11.104 hstack
Stack input videos horizontally.
All streams must be of same pixel format and of same height.
Note that this filter is faster than using overlay and pad filter to create same output.
The filter accepts the following option:
Set number of input streams. Default is 2.
If set to 1, force the output to terminate when the shortest input terminates. Default value is 0

You can use the vstack filter in case you want to place the one video above the other.