E.g. if video is 1 minute, but audio is 1 hour. Make video loop throughout for 1 hour of the audio track.

I use this solution to loop image through the lenght of the audio

ffmpeg -y -loop 1 -r 6 -i image.jpg -i audio.mp3 -shortest -c:v libx264 -preset ultrafast -tune stillimage -pix_fmt yuv420p -c:a copy output.mp4

But it doesn't work for video, replacing image.jpg with video.mp4 will give error no loop found.


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For video, stream_loop option should be used.

ffmpeg -y -stream_loop -1 -i video -i audio.mp3 -fflags +shortest -max_interleave_delta 50000 -c copy output.mp4

You'll have to use a very recent version of ffmpeg (> Nov '17) as stream_loop had a bug, only recently fixed.

Since video encoding is expensive in terms of time and CPU, I've used streamcopy. For most videos, this is fine. Else, you'll have to re-encode.

Edit: another bug related to stream_loop, see workaround below

ffmpeg  -stream_loop -1 -i 1.mp4 -c copy -v 0 -f nut - | ffmpeg -thread_queue_size 10K -i - -i 1.mp3 -c copy -map 0:v -map 1:a -shortest -y out.mp4
  • Hello. This just strips the audio to the length of video, I meant opposite. Loop video throughout to the length of the audio. For now I'm using solution at video.stackexchange.com/questions/12905/… Feb 11, 2018 at 20:18
  • Use edited command.
    – Gyan
    Feb 12, 2018 at 5:23
  • I set the video part to video.mp4, video plays until it's original length and stops while audio keeps going, video just stills last frame throughout. Feb 12, 2018 at 22:16
  • Share full log.
    – Gyan
    Feb 13, 2018 at 5:05
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    See new command at end
    – Gyan
    Feb 13, 2018 at 16:04

Well, now the default behavior of current/latest ffmpeg via:

c:\sbin\ffmpeg.exe -i "D:\video.m4s" -i "\audio.m4s" -c:v copy -c:a copy "D:\combined.mp4"

is padding/looping the last frame of the video until audio.length === video.length.

See if this is acceptable for you.

For details behavior:

  • if (audio.length < video.length), then pad the audio with silent, so that audio.length === video.length
  • if (audio.length > video.length), then pad the video with the last frame of this video, so that audio.length === video.length

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