I'm using ffmpeg to create several single splitscreen videos out of 2 separate videos. The 2 videos have audio so I want to extract the 2 video's audio streams as 2 separate mp3s and also create a thumbnail out of the finished splitscreen video. Is it possible to do these 3 actions in one pass?

Here is the code I'd use to create the splitscreen video:

ffmpeg -i input0.mov -i input1.mov -filter_complex "[0]scale=640x360[v0];[1]scale=640x360[v1];[v0][v1] xstack=inputs=2:layout=0_0|w0_0|[v]" -map "[v]" -an output.mp4

Here is the code I'd use to create the thumbnail of the resultant splitscreen video:

ffmpeg -y -i input.mp4 -vframes 1 OUTPUT.jpg

Here is the code I'd use to create one mp3

ffmpeg -i input0.mov output0.mp3

1 Answer 1


Combined command:

ffmpeg -i input0.mov -i input1.mov -filter_complex "[0]scale=640x360[v0];[1]scale=640x360[v1];[v0][v1]hstack,split[video][image]" -map "[video]" output.mp4 -map 0:a audio0.mp3 -map 1:a audio1.mp3 -map "[image]" -frames:v 1 image.jpg

For a 4 videos into a 2x2 layout:

ffmpeg -i input0.mov -i input1.mov -i input2.mov -i input3.mov -filter_complex "[0]scale=640x360[v0];[1]scale=640x360[v1];[2]scale=640x360[v2];[3]scale=640x360[v3];[v0][v1][v2][v3]xstack=inputs=4:layout=0_0|w0_0|0_h0|w0_h0,split[video][image]" -map "[video]" output.mp4 -map 0:a audio0.mp3 -map 1:a audio1.mp3 -map 2:a audio2.mp3 -map 3:a audio3.mp3 -map "[image]" -frames:v 1 image.jpg
  • Your answer works for the split screen video and 2 separate mp3s if I exclude: "image.jpg" at the end Unfortunately if I add "image.jpg" it makes the video and audio about 1 frame long and doesn't create a thumbnail of the finished resultant splitscreen video, just input1.mov. Any ideas?
    – Ben Hardy
    Apr 26, 2020 at 21:38
  • @BenHardy See updated answer. Wasn't able to test the first iteration and I forgot a few things.
    – llogan
    Apr 27, 2020 at 17:35
  • This works perfectly. Could this code be adapted for 4 videos? </>
    – Ben Hardy
    Apr 27, 2020 at 20:36
  • @BenHardy See updated answer.
    – llogan
    Apr 27, 2020 at 21:16

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