[FFmpeg-user] duration discrepancies when transcoding mov with edit lists

Dave Rice dave at dericed.com
Thu Jun 26 20:33:18 CEST 2014

Hi all,
I believe this issue is related to an open ticket http://trac.ffmpeg.org/ticket/1137, but in the meanwhile I'm looking for advice for a workaround.

I have many files that are captured using the Log and Capture process within Final Cut Pro 7. Here is a sample.


When this file is viewing in QuickTime 7 or Final Cut 7 the file has a duration of 30 frames or 00:00:01;01.
`ffmpeg -i 1sec1frame_v210_according_to_QT.mov` gives a matching duration of 00:00:01.03

But whenever I transcode the video using ffmpeg the output is much longer at 00:00:02.06. The output shows many frames that are not shown by QuickTime 7 or Final Cut.

When I load at the quicktime structure I see the video track edit list atom shows:
track duration=3100
time scale=2997

The duration would equal 3100/2997 or 01.03 matching the duration listed by ffmpeg -i, but ffmpeg when transcoding decodes far past the end point signified by the edit list atom.

My workaround seems to see to use `ffmpeg -i` or ffprobe to get the start time and duration of the video file and then to use these values in -ss and -t during the transcode. So instead of

ffmpeg -i 1sec1frame_v210_according_to_QT.mov [options here] nowhowlong.mov
I would use
ffmpeg -i 1sec1frame_v210_according_to_QT.mov -ss 0.210210 -t 00:00:01.03 [options here] nowhowlong.mov

So far that seems to work for me, but is this a sane approach to the issue?
Dave Rice

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