Input file original.wav

ffmpeg -i original.wav
  Duration: 00:03:36.93, bitrate: 1411 kb/s

Convert wav to m4a with fdk-aac encoder:

ffmpeg -i original.wav -c:a libfdk_aac -vbr 5 ffmpeg.m4a

Check duration of resulting m4a:

ffmpeg -i ffmpeg.m4a
  Duration: 00:03:36.98, start: 0.046440, bitrate: 240 kb/s

So, ffmpeg adds ~2000 zero samples at beginning of resulting file. How to disable this?


I try few different codecs and all work fine, problem only with fdk-aac.

  • ffmpeg versions: 2.2.10 and 2.4.3
  • fdk-aac version: 0.1.1 and 0.1.3

UPD1: I try fdkaac and vlc (it also use fdk-aac library). Both produce correct file (no zero samples at begin). So problem only with ffmpeg+fdk.

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    Is ffmpeg adding the padding, or is it the external encoding library? Does it also occur if you use fdkaac? It's a command line encoder frontend for libfdk-aac.
    – llogan
    Nov 20, 2014 at 1:16

1 Answer 1


I have seen this also with libfdk_aac and x264 and am not sure what causes it but I have had success using the itsoffset flag like this:

ffmpeg -itsoffset 0.046440 -i original.wav -c:a libfdk_aac -vbr 5 ffmpeg.m4a

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