I have a bunch of TV shows in HD that I want to down-sample to SD and at the same time strip out the titles and credits.

Handbrake has great encoding and can handle batches, but I can't find a way to set in and out points.

I've tried the free ShotCut, which is perfectly capable to doing easy edits, but seems to be really slow.

Are they any recommendations for doing this sort of easy, but bulk work for macOS?

  • MPEG Streamclip or ffmpeg
    – Elliott B
    Commented May 23, 2018 at 6:54

2 Answers 2


I'm fairly certain you can do this with VLC 3.0+ or via the command line.


This can be done using the transcode/streaming options via the file menu in the graphical app. You can set the in and out and select all te files to process, as well as the codec and container format.

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    Can you explain, at least in broad strokes, how to do what the OP is asking for? Commented Nov 22, 2017 at 21:01
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    Woops, thought I’d posted this as a comment rather than an answer! Commented Nov 23, 2017 at 21:58
  • Thanks for the additional info @alan-kael-ball. I downloaded the latest nightly build and had a look at the transcoding options in the GUI. No options there to set in and out points. I'll look into the command line more and see if there is anything there...
    – sansSpoon
    Commented Nov 25, 2017 at 3:25
  • I think if you do it from the wizard, you can select a playlist and the in/out times can be inputted under it. Heading is partial extract Commented Nov 27, 2017 at 14:10

The exact command to do this in ffmpeg under Linux is:

ffmpeg -ss 00:00:10 -to 01:00:00 \
       -i input.avi \
       -map_metadata -1 \   
       -c:v libx264 -strict -2 \
       -r 30 \
       -s 960x540 \
       -c:a libmp3lame -b:a 384K

For Windows: same as above but strip out everything after the \ (including the \) and put it all on the same line.

where the following means:

  • -ss 00:00:00: strip 10 seconds from the beginning of the movie.
  • -to 01:00:00: encode everything up to 1h and drop anything afterwards
  • input.avi: the input file
  • -map_metadata -1: strip out all metadata
  • -r 30: 30 Frames per second
  • -s 960x540: Resolution for SD
  • -c:a libmp3lame -b:a 384K: Use MP3 VBR encoding up to a max of 384KB/s

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