Hi everyone I am trying to create a preset to encode my videos with ffmpeg through this file:

#video options

#audio options

#metada options

but it doesn't accept the first line "s=716x402" and returns this error:

Invalid option or argument: 's=716x402', parsed as 's' = '716x402'

If I remove that line everything goes smoothly but fact is that I need to change the size of the output. I know that in the command line this

>ffmpeg -i input.mov -vcodec libx264 -acodec copy -s 716x402 output.flv

works so I'm guessing there is another way of telling the video size in a preset file. Does anyone know how?

Please take notice that I'm calling this preset through the -fpre flag inside the ffmpeg comand line

Thank you in advance!

  • Did you try "size=...." ??? – Barafu Albino Mar 28 '14 at 17:10
  • I've reproduced your error using the same library and preset. It also comes up when using a different library libavpx – Mr.Lee Mar 28 '14 at 17:48
  • no, haven't tried "size=". I will as soon as I will be able to, thank you! – Andrea Silvestri Mar 29 '14 at 0:13

You need the correct option for the x264 library. I think its


Take a look at the x264 options page

Seems like it works via command line because it is not using the preset options of x264. When using the preset, s=resolution is not recognized.

ffmpeg -i input.mov -vcodec libx264 -acodec copy -s 716x402 output.flv

is different from

ffmpeg -i input.mov -vcodec libx264 -acodec copy -vpre "YOUR PRE FILE" output.flv

where -s in the first line is an option of the ffmpeg while in the second line, -s is trying to be used as a x264 option.

  • I'll try it as soon as I will be able to, thank you! – Andrea Silvestri Mar 29 '14 at 0:13
  • it would be great for me to use resize:width=716,height=402,fittobox=both. But how do I write it in a preset file? – Andrea Silvestri Mar 29 '14 at 0:21

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