How to Merge Audio and Video Files with FFmpeg?

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Updated on Mar 29, 2024
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  • Step 1. Import a video file.
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  • Step 3. Add audio track(s) to the video.
  • Step 4. Press Run to export the final file.
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FFmpeg Merge Video and Audio (Guide)
FFmpeg Add Audio to Video (Alternative Solution)
FFmpeg Joiner Audio and Video (More Tips)
The Bottom Line

FFmpeg consists of libraries and programs to help users handle video, audio, and other multimedia files and streams on Windows/Mac/Linux. It has many powerful features, including video/audio conversion, re-encoding, trimming, cropping, compression, combination, etc. This article talks about “FFmpeg merge audio and video” on Microsoft Windows. In the meantime, I will share a way to add or join audio to a video file without complicated command lines but with several simple clicks. You can compare the two methods and select your preferred one. Read on.

Quick Guide on FFmpeg Combine Audio and Video

If you haven’t installed FFmpeg on your computer, download the latest version from the official website:

To avoid “Error opening input: no such file or directory” in FFmpeg, do as follows:

1. Unzip the downloaded file and rename the extracted folder to FFmpeg. Then, move the folder to Local Disk (C:).

2. Press Win + S keys to open the search bar. Type “system variables” and press Enter. Then, click the Environment Variables button, select Path under the System variables tab, and click Edit.

3. Click New on the right panel and type or copy the FFmpeg bin directory, for example, C:\Users\Administrator\FFmpeg.

4. Press the OK buttons to save your changes.

Furthermore, you should put the audio and video file you want to merge into the same directory with the FFmpeg bin.

5. Join audio to your video file in Command Prompt (type cmd in the search bar) with this command:

ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -i audio.mp3 -c:v copy -c:a copy output.mp4

Note: Replace the video.mp4, audio.mp3, and output.mp4 based on your actual situation.

FFmpeg Add Audio to Video
FFmpeg Add Audio to Video

Simple Alternative to FFmpeg Merge Audio and Video

As you can see, FFmpeg combine audio and video requires correct environment variables and commands. Anything wrong will lead to failure in FFmpeg. Therefore, you may try another way to merge audio and video files on your Windows PC. I recommend you use the hassle-free video and audio joiner – WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory.

With this software, you can add multiple audio tracks to an MP4, MKV, or MOV file and put music over the video effortlessly.

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Alternate Way to FFmpeg Add Audio to Video on Windows

Step 1. Import Video into the Software

Launch Free HD Video Converter Factory and select Converter. Then, click the Add Files button to import a video file. Or you can directly drag and drop it into the software.

Add a Video File
Add a Video File

Step 2. Add Audio to the Video File

Click the format image on the right side to select an export profile. It’s worth noting that MP4, MKV, and MOV support multiple audio tracks while others can contain one only. Here I choose MP4 under Video for reference.

Press the “+” sign beside the audio track to add a local audio file to the video. Repeat this operation to add more audio files. Then click the inverted triangle button and select the desired audio track from the list.

Want to add online music to your video? You can first use the software to download music or song from the website. And then add it to the video file.

Merge the Audio and Video File
Merge the Audio and Video File

Step 3. Export the Final Video

Hit the inverted triangle icon at the bottom of the software and specify an output path. Finally, click the Run button to start the process. Once done, a window will pop up and prompt you to check the resulting file.

Also Read: Add Audio to MKV | Convert MKV to MP4 with Multiple Audio Tracks | Increase MP4 Volume

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More Tips for FFmpeg Merge Audio and Video Files

The command line for FFmpeg add audio to video is not that complicated. However, it will be tricky if you merge a video file and multiple audio files or if the audio is not the same length as the video file. When there are multiple audio tracks in the video, FFmpeg only picks one audio track (as well as the video and subtitle track) by default. Here are some different cases about FFmpeg combine audio and video. Hope the tips are helpful to you.

1. How to merge video and audio files without losing original characteristics [duplicate]?

ffmpeg -i video1.mp4 -i audio1.mp3 -c:v copy -c:a copy output1.mp4

Note: “-c:v copy” and “-c:a copy” means this will not change codecs and compression methods.

Tips: If you want to change the video or audio codec, replace it with “-c:v libx264” (H264 video), “-c:a aac” (AAC audio), or other codecs you want.

Hot Search: FFmpeg H265/HEVC to H264

2. How to mix two audio files into a video?

ffmpeg -i video2.mp4 -i audio2.mp3 -c:v copy -filter_complex "[0:a][1:a] amix=inputs=2:duration=longest [audio_out] " -map 0:v -map "[audio_out]" -y output2.mp4

3. How to merge video (with audio) and audio files of different lengths but follow the audio file length?

If audio is longer than video,
ffmpeg -i video3.mp4 -i audio3.mp3 -filter_complex "[0:a]volume=0.2,apad[A];[1:a][A]amerge[Aout]" -map 0:v -map [Aout] -y output3.mp4

If audio is shorter than video,
ffmpeg -i video4.mp4 -i audio4.mp3 -filter_complex "[0:a]volume=0.2[A];[1:a][A]amerge[Aout]" -map 0:v -map [Aout] -y -shortest output4.mp4

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4. How to merge a video file (with its own audio) and an audio track (that should loop to fit the video length)?

ffmpeg -i video5.mp4 -stream_loop -1 -i audio5.mp3 -filter_complex "amix=inputs=2:duration=shortest" -c:v copy -movflags +faststart output5.mp4

The Bottom Line

The above article illustrates how to merge audio and video files with FFmpeg and gives solutions for different cases, like without re-encoding, audio and video not in the same length, etc. We can conclude that FFmpeg is hard to operate correctly though it’s a powerful video and audio processing toolkit. Therefore, the simple alternative to FFmpeg is a better way to go. WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory makes everything clear and easy to handle on its interface. For those who want a bulk and faster process, the Pro version with more features will be your best option. Download it here:

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