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I have nearly 130 files that I want to burn onto a DVD as an end result. I've gone down a bit of a rabbit hole and ended up at ffmpeg trying to combine all the files into a single giant 2 and a half hour mp4 that I can then use avidemux to burn onto a DVD. Note that combined, the videos are 4.13GB.

If there already is an easier method to this, I would absolutely love to hear it.

I started off by trying

ffmpeg -f concat -safe 0 -i mylist.txt -c copy output.mp4

But this gave a ton of Non-monotonous DTS in output stream errors. I figured (after extensive googling in a topic I am not familiar with), the encodings are not the same causing some kind of desync. I resolved to re-encode them all into a standard format and then concat them.

    ffmpeg -f concat -safe 0 -i mylist.txt -c:v libx264 -crf 18 -preset superfast -c:a copy output.mp4

The video still has video/audio sync errors. I reduced mylist.txt to be about 10 or so videos just so I don't have to wait so long. The resulting log can be viewed in full here.

The main points I assume the errors are coming from are lines such as;

...
...
frame= 2340 fps= 69 q=21.0 size=  194048kB time=00:01:18.22 bitrate=20320.3kbits/s speed=2.29x    
frame= 2375 fps= 69 q=19.0 size=  196864kB time=00:01:19.23 bitrate=20354.3kbits/s speed=2.29x    
[mp4 @ 000000000060f760] Non-monotonous DTS in output stream 0:1; previous: 3831808, current: 3520405; changing to 3831809. This may result in incorrect timestamps in the output file.
[concat @ 00000000006084c0] DTS 1226511 < 7174903 out of order
[h264 @ 0000000000559960] Invalid NAL unit 1, skipping.
    Last message repeated 1 times
[h264 @ 0000000000559960] no frame!
[mp4 @ 000000000060f760] Non-monotonous DTS in output stream 0:1; previous: 3831809, current: 3521429; changing to 3831810. This may result in incorrect timestamps in the output file.
[mp4 @ 000000000060f760] Non-monotonous DTS in output stream 0:1; previous: 3831810, current: 3522453; changing to 3831811. This may result in incorrect timestamps in the output file.
[h264 @ 0000000002820480] Invalid NAL unit 1, skipping.
[h264 @ 0000000002820480] no frame!
[mp4 @ 000000000060f760] Non-monotonous DTS in output stream 0:1; previous: 3831811, current: 3523477; changing to 3831812. This may result in incorrect timestamps in the output file.
[h264 @ 0000000002820960] Invalid NAL unit 1, skipping.
[h264 @ 0000000002820960] no frame!
[mp4 @ 000000000060f760] Non-monotonous DTS in output stream 0:1; previous: 3831812, current: 3524501; changing to 3831813. This may result in incorrect timestamps in the output file.
[mp4 @ 000000000060f760] Non-monotonous DTS in output stream 0:1; previous: 3831813, current: 3525525; changing to 3831814. This may result in incorrect timestamps in the output file.
[h264 @ 0000000002820e20] Invalid NAL unit 1, skipping.
[h264 @ 0000000002820e20] no frame!
...
...

There are also a bunch of Past duration 0.998665 too large errors but I read that's not a big issue.

I'm thinking now to use Vegas Pro and just render all the videos together in the timeline but ffmpeg sounds like the cleanest (and fastest) way. What am I not understanding?

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So, you've got two targets there -- on one hand you said you want to go to DVD, and the other, you're encoding to H.264. Pick one. :)

Assuming you want DVD still, use -target ntsc-dvd

ffmpeg -f concat -safe 0 -i mylist.txt -target ntsc-dvd video.vob
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  • Oh wow, never expected a response for this. Where exactly am I defining two targets? I ended up with a really convoluted solution that didn't use ffmpeg I believe. – Pejman Poh May 31 '18 at 9:24
  • Maybe I misread, but you started off saying you wanted to burn to a DVD, but then used ffmpeg to encode to MPEG4 with x264. So, one is MPEG2, the other is not. :) – Steve Dibb Jun 1 '18 at 22:48

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