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I guess there's an ffmpeg command that would do this.

I have a folder full of a bunch of videos that have an unnecessary 20 second plate at the start.

I don't want to re-encode them or change anything else, just chop off that intro.

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mkdir output
for f in *.mp4; do ffmpeg -i "$f" -ss 20 -map 0 -c copy "output/$f"; done

This will need to cut on a keyframe for non intra-frame formats (most "consumer" videos these days are non-intra), so it may not cut at exactly 20 seconds.

If your inputs are intra (such as DV), or if you know a keyframe is at or near 20 seconds then move -ss before the -i and it will process somewhat faster.

If you must cut exactly at 20 seconds then you'll need to re-encode: remove the -c copy, but again, it's format dependent if you'll need to do that.

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  • Thanks! ffmpeg -ss 20 -i "INPUT" -map 0 -c copy "OUTPUT" is the version that worked for me
    – Grund
    Apr 6 '17 at 5:49

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