[FFmpeg-user] Please can someone tell me why this ffmpeg command stopped working

Reindl Harald h.reindl at thelounge.net
Sat Jan 28 17:49:42 CET 2012

Am 28.01.2012 17:33, schrieb Paul Gardiner:
> On 28/01/2012 16:24, Paul Gardiner wrote:
>> On 28/01/2012 16:10, Reindl Harald wrote:
>>> Am 28.01.2012 16:53, schrieb Paul Gardiner:
>>>> Can anybody see what is wrong with this:
>>>> /usr/bin/ffmpeg -f ac3 -ar 48000 -i /tmp/mythar4336/audout -f
>>>> rawvideo -top 1 -pix_fmt yuv420p -s 1440x1088 -r 25
>>>> -i /tmp/mythar4336/vidout -threads 2 -vf
>>>> crop=1440:1080:0:0,scale=1280:720 -vcodec libx264 -preset medium -crf
>>>> 20.0
>>>> -bufsize 25000k -maxrate 20000k -aspect 16:9 -acodec copy -f mp4
>>>> /home/public/video/Archive/Horizon - Playing God.mp4
>>>> Until a recent ffmpeg update, it used to do exactly what I wanted, but
>>>> now it produces the error message: "Option sample_rate not found." I've
>>>> googled and found various references to people having to make sure
>>>> arguments are in the right order with later versions of ffmpeg, but
>>>> my command seems to obey the rules, plus attempts I have made to reorder
>>>> have not helped.
>>> "-f ac3 -ar 48000 -i"
>>> why is "-ar" BEFORE the input file?
>>> in this case you set the parameter for the input instead the output
>> My thinking was that the input was 48kHz and I needed to tell ffmpeg
>> that information about the input. I guess that's showing my
>> misunderstanding about how it works.

i would say ffmpeg is knowing more about the input file as you and i will
ever be able and there may be only very few cases where it needs help

the output should specifuied so exactly as possible if you nedd videos
palying in iPhone as example to make sure they are H264 BASELINE but
not the input (use the ffmpeg output to see what is really is *gg*)

>> Off to try the alteration now.
> Brilliant! It worked. I am again able to transcode my TV recordings.
> I guess I should also move the "-r 25" from before the second input-file argument. Is that right?

it is quite simple, all parameters before any file are taken as
params for exactly this one

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