I tried to copy all streams (video, audio, subtitle) and add a tag with the following command in order to play the files using QuickTime player:

ffmpeg -i in.mp4 -vcodec copy -tag:v hvc1 -acodec copy -scodec copy -map 0 out.mp4

The resulting file does open with QuickTime player, and the video/subtitles play fine, but the two audio tracks (E-AC3 in English and German) from the input file cannot be selected (View → Languages → None) and are in fact merged into each other while playing the video, even though both tracks are shown separately in Inspector → Audio Details and VLC handles them correctly. Is this a bug in QuickTime player, or would I need to add another option for QuickTime?

I experimented with various mapping options, e.g.

ffmpeg -i in.mp4 -map:v:0 0:v:0 -tag:v hvc1 -c:v:0 copy -map:a:0 0:a:0 -c:a:0 copy -map:a:1 0:a:1 -c:a:1 copy out.mp4
ffmpeg -i in.mp4 -map 0:v -map 0:1 -metadata:s:a:0 language=eng -map 0:2 -metadata:s:a:1 language=deu -c copy -tag:v hvc1 out.mp4

without success.

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    Try adding -disposition:a:1 0 so that the default audio track is only the first one.
    – Alain1A45
    Commented Jan 31 at 8:53
  • That did the trick – thank you!
    – janeden
    Commented Feb 1 at 18:28

1 Answer 1


Alain1A45 posted the correct answer as a comment, the following command creates an output file with working audio tracks for QuickTime player:

ffmpeg -i in.mp4 -vcodec copy -tag:v hvc1 -acodec copy -scodec copy -map 0 -disposition:a:1 0 out.mp4

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