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I have many videos and I need to put an image in front of them for about 5 seconds, but adding it manually and rendering it each time would take really long, so I am asking if it is possible to do so via ffmpeg and if you could, please, help me out with it since I have no experience with ffmpeg. I've found some commands already but none of them worked. This one for example.

ffmpeg -itsoffset 5 -i in.mp4 -r 25 -loop 1 -i intro.png -filter_complex "[1:v] fade=out:125:25:alpha=1 [intro]; [0:v][intro] overlay [v]" -map "[v]" -map 0:a -acodec copy out.mp4
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Did your just copy that command or wrote that according to your needs? I'm asking because this command involves things like a fade out and all kinds of other stuff not covered in your question. Do you just need to overlay an image or do you need more than that? –  Professor Sparkles Jul 7 '14 at 12:18
I copied it from somewhere, all I need is just to put the image in front of video. –  Azthy Jul 8 '14 at 9:11

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You can do a simple image overlay using the following syntax:

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -i image.png -filter_complex "[0:v][1:v] overlay=25:25:enable='between(t,0,20)'" output.mp4

overlay=25:25 means we want to position the image 25px to the left and 25px down, originating from the top left corner.

enable='between(t,0,20)' means we want the image to show between second 0 and 20.

If you want a certain image quality/settings and not the settings ffmpeg chooses, add the image and or audio encoding options you want to use.

The -acodec copy that you have in your command f.e. would simply re-use the audio from the source file. Though you can't do that with the video of course (in this case), that has to be transcoded.

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Thank you a lot. –  Azthy Jul 8 '14 at 21:11
The following iteration of the above command worked for me on Android since the original one gives and error like aac is an experimental feature: ffmpeg -i input.mp4 strict -2 -i image.png -filter_complex [0:v][1:v] overlay=25:25:enable='between(t,0,20)' output.mp4 –  Maverick Mar 20 at 11:11

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