How to split and join without transcoding AVC/MPEG-TS video files in Windows with ffmpeg?

How do I split and join files using ffmpeg while retaining all audio tracks?

As you have discovered, a bitstream copy will select only one (audio) track, as per the stream specification documentation:

By default, ffmpeg includes only one stream of each type (video, audio, subtitle) present in the input files and adds them to each output file. It picks the "best" of each based upon the following criteria: for video, it is the stream with the highest resolution, for audio, it is the stream with the most channels, for subtitles, it is the first subtitle stream. In the case where several streams of the same type rate equally, the stream with the lowest index is chosen.

To select all audio tracks:

ffmpeg -i InputFile.ts-c copy -ss 00:12:34.567 -t 00:34:56.789 -map 0:v -map 0:a FirstFile.ts

To select the third audio track:

ffmpeg -i InputFile.ts -c copy -ss 00:12:34.567 -t 00:34:56.789 -map 0:v -map 0:a:2 FirstFile.ts

You can read more about and see other examples of stream selection in the advanced options section of the ffmpeg documentation.

I would also combine -vcodec copy -acodec copy from your original command into -c copy as above for compactness of expression.


So, combining those with what you want to achieve in the two files in terms of splitting for later re-joining:

ffmpeg -i InputOne.ts -ss 00:02:00.0 -c copy -map 0:v -map 0:a OutputOne.ts
ffmpeg -i InputTwo.ts -c copy -t 00:03:05.0 -map 0:v -map 0:a OutputTwo.ts

will give you:

  • OutputOne.ts, which is everything after the first two minutes of the first input file
  • OutputTwo.ts, which is the first 3 minutes and 5 seconds of the second input file


ffmpeg supports concatenation of files without re-encoding, described extensively in its concatenation documentation.

Create your listing of files to be joined (eg join.txt):

file '/path/to/files/OutputOne.ts'
file '/path/to/files/OutputTwo.ts'

Then your ffmpeg command can use the concat demuxer:

 ffmpeg -f concat -i join.txt -c copy FinalOutput.ts

Since you are working with mpeg transport streams (.ts), you should be able to use the concat protocol as well:

ffmpeg -i "concat:OutputOne.ts|OutputTwo.ts" -c copy -bsf:a aac_adtstoasc output.mp4

Per the example on the concat page linked above. I'll leave that up to you to experiment with.

As a simplified answer based on the main one:

To keep data after a start point (up to the end):

ffmpeg -i INPUT -c copy -ss START_TIME -map 0 OUTPUT

To keep data between two time points:

ffmpeg -i INPUT -c copy -ss START_TIME -to END_TIME -map 0 OUTPUT

To keep data of a certain duration after a certain point:

ffmpeg -i INPUT -c copy -ss START_TIME -t DURATION_TIME -map 0 OUTPUT

To keep data of a certain duration after beginning:

ffmpeg -i INPUT -c copy -t DURATION_TIME -map 0 OUTPUT

To keep data from beginning up to a time point:

ffmpeg -i INPUT -c copy -to TIME_POINT -map 0 OUTPUT

TIME may be a number in seconds, or in hh:mm:ss[.xxx]

To join files, create a file called join.txt with the content

file 'path-to-INPUT1'
file 'path-to-INPUT2'


 ffmpeg -f concat -i join.txt OUTPUT


To join mpeg files (including transport files)

 ffmpeg -i "concat:INPUT-1|INPUT-2" -c copy -bsf:a aac_adtstoasc OUTPUT

As a GUI solution, I have tried Avidemux but with bad results. When searching a Linux solution I have found this comment here pointing to Avidemux nightly:

"You can try Avidemux, but not the stable one. You should try the win32 version (yes, for windows) with "Wine". It supports H.264 and you must use the double arrow to find out the keyframes because you can[not] cut everywhere (due to the "long gop" thing...). But, as every software like this, you can do JUST CUTS otherwise it will render (in case of transitions, effects, ectc.)."

I have tested that in Linux/Wine but it should work in Windows too.

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To join files, use File-Open to add first file, and then File-Append for the rest.

To save: File - Save.