I have several large videos that I want to split into parts. The only way to do that I know is to split one part at a time with OpenShot. I have to split, wait a long time, delete the part, split the next part, ...

Is there a better way? I tried to google but it seems all the methods also require splitting one part at a time. This is really inconvenient as I need each video to be split into 20-30 parts. I want to be able to just mark all the split point and come back later and find it all done. Does anyone know a way?

UPDATE: Now I'm working on a command line solution. I tried this command but the only problem is that there are few seconds of where the video freezes in the beginning (and end) of each output split.

avconv -i x.mp4 -ss 00:00:00 -t 00:01:00 -c:v copy -c:a copy out.mp4  -ss 00:01:00 -t 00:01:00 -c:v copy -c:a copy out1.mp4  -ss 00:02:00 -t 00:01:00 -c:v copy -c:a copy out2.mp4  -ss 00:03:00 -t 00:04:00 -c:v copy -c:a copy out3.mp4
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    You can use command line --- ffmpeg -i input.mpg -ss 00:00:10 -t 00:00:30 out1.mpg -ss is the start point in hh:mm:ss from the beginning of your video file --- superuser.com/questions/31135/…
    – Tasos
    Mar 28, 2014 at 9:00
  • I tried that. the quality of the output is really poor
    – romanbird
    Mar 28, 2014 at 13:03
  • If you want to just split the video without re-ecoding it, use the copy codec for audio and video. Try this: ----- ffmpeg -ss 00:00:00 -t 00:50:00 -i largefile.mp4 -acodec copy \ -vcodec copy smallfile.mp4
    – Tasos
    Mar 28, 2014 at 15:16
  • I got an error but it worked when I removed the '\' before -vcodec. Except, it didn't split the file. the smallfile is the same length as the largefile and not 50 seconds.
    – romanbird
    Mar 28, 2014 at 16:16
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    well you can try this --- ffmpeg -i in.mp4 -ss [start] -t [duration] -c:v copy -c:a copy out.mp4 --- source superuser.com/questions/377343/…
    – Tasos
    Mar 28, 2014 at 16:49

2 Answers 2


Here is a solution that worked for me.

For example:

avconv -ss 0 -i x.mp4 -t 180  -vcodec copy -acodec copy -metadata track="1" "Part I.mp4"              
avconv -ss 180 -i x.mp4 -t 164  -vcodec copy -acodec copy -metadata track="2" "Part II.mp4"              
avconv -ss 344 -i x.mp4 -t 185  -vcodec copy -acodec copy -metadata track="3" "Part III.mp4"   

I had 50 entries and I put them in a script together. I first put skeletons like

avconv -ss  -i x.mp4 -t   -vcodec copy -acodec copy -metadata track="  " ".mp4"  

Then I filled out the -ss and put the titles. After that, I used libreoffice Calc with space as a delimiter. I got the values for -t and track with a formula and dragging.


If you do this often you can try to create a bash script. Start with something like this:


IFS=$(echo -en "\n\b")

FILES=$(ls *.mp4|sort)

let START=0

for FILE in $FILES
    echo Processing $FILE
    mkdir "${FILE}-chop"
    for COUNT in {1..59}
        exec avconv -i "${FILE}" -ss $START -t 60 -c:v copy -c:a copy "./${FILE}-chop/${COUNT} - ${FILE}"
        let START=$START+60


Keep in mind that it's a very ugly code, and it will probably produce many errors and empty files, and won't work properly if the input file is more than an hour long, but it'll get you started.

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