I have H.264 files that, when I run FFprobe on them, like this:

ffprobe -i h264_file.ts -show_packets -select_streams v

...it shows that each video packet has no values for duration, and no value for duration_time, like this:


My question is, other than re-encoding the file, and assuming I know the source to be 60 fps, is there a way to correct this video packet duration?

I know I can do it by re-encoding - I have done so successfully. But I am wondering if there is an easier and faster way of doing it.

  • Why do you need duration? The effective duration is the delta with the pts of the next frame.
    – Gyan
    May 21, 2019 at 18:02
  • Without the packet duration, MythTV thinks the transport stream file has a duration twice as long as it actually is. I think it defaults to 30fps, but this source generates files at 60 fps. May 24, 2019 at 2:07

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I don't have a sample of your file so I don't know if this fixes it or not, but have you tried a simple remux?

ffmpeg -y -i h264_file.ts -c copy remuxed.ts

This is also basically the same thing, but helpful if you want video and audio in separate files before you remux:

ffmpeg -y -i h264_file.ts -map 0:0 -c:v copy -muxdelay 0 video.ts -map 0:1 -c:a copy -muxdelay 0 audio.ts
ffmpeg -y -copyts -i video.ts -i audio.ts -c copy remuxed.ts

You could also try reencoding audio but copying video. Encoding audio but copying video will be fast and usually concerns about reencoding loss is a lot less significant with audio. (Use audio synchronization, see -async in documentation.)

  • I hadn't considered re-muxing it - thanks for the suggestion. I will try it and reply back. May 24, 2019 at 2:08
  • Unfortunately, the re-muxing did not fix it. Specifically, I tried the two separate steps you listed. I also tried: ffmpeg -i ./file.ts -c copy file_remuxed.ts ffmpeg -i ./file.ts -c copy -vsync drop file_remuxed_vsync_drop.ts ffmpeg -i ./file.ts -c copy -r 60 file_remuxed_r60.ts ffmpeg -i ./file.ts -c copy -r 30 file_remuxed_r30.ts All resulted in packet durations of N/A when examined using ffprobe. May 25, 2019 at 0:57

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