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Avidemux — a free video editor

avidemux [options]

avidemux_gtk [options]

avidemux_cli [options] [files ...]

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, MPG (VCD, SVCD), DVD compatible MPEG, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.


run in silent mode
list all filters by name
--run script
load and run a script
--audio-normalize mode
activate normalization with mode
--audio-resample num
resample to num Hz
--filters filter
load a filter preset
--codec-conf config
load a codec configuration
set to VCD resolution
set to SVCD resolution
set to DVD resolution
set to 1/2 DVD resolution
--save-jpg filename
save to a jpeg file
--begin frame
set start frame
--end frame
set end frame
--save-unpacked-vop filename
save as avi file, unpacking vop
--save-packed-vop filename
save as avi file, packing vop
--save-ogm filename
save as ogm file
--save-raw-audio filename
save audio as-is
--save-raw-video filename
save as raw video stream (mpeg/... )
--save-uncompressed-audio filename
save as uncompressed audio
--load filename
load video or workbench
--load-workbench filename
load workbench file
--append filename
append a video
--save filename
save as avi file
--save-workbench filename
save as workbench file
Force detection of bframe in next loaded file
Force use of alternate read mode for h264
Force detection of packed vop in next loaded file
Engage smart copy mode with CQ=3 at next save
--external-mp3 filename
load external mpeg audio as audio track
--external-ac3 filename
load external ac3 audio as audio track
--external-wav filename
load external wav audio as audio track
load external wav audio as audio track
--audio-delay +msec|-msec
set audio time shift in ms (+ or -)
build audio map (MP3 VBR)
--audio-bitrate bitrate
set audio encoding bitrate
--fps fps
set frames per second
--audio-codec codec
set audio codec (MP2/MP3/AC3/NONE (WAV PCM)/TWOLAME/COPY)
--video-codec codec
set video codec (Divx/Xvid/FFmpeg4/VCD/SVCD/DVD/XVCD/XSVCD/COPY)
--video-conf config
set video codec conf (cq=q|cbr=br|2pass=size)[,mbr=br][,matrix=(0|1|2|3)]
reuse 2pass logfile if it exists
--set-pp value strength
set post processing default value, value (1=hdeblok|2=vdeblock|4=dering) and strength (0-5)
--vobsub vobfile vosubfile ifofile
Create vobsub file (vobfile vosubfile ifofile)
--autosplit num
split every num MBytes
show information about loaded video and audio streams
try to generate required index files
--output-format format
set output format (AVI|OGM|ES|PS|AVI_DUAL|AVI_UNP|...), often named as container format
rebuild index with correct frame type
--var name=value
set a variable i.e. '--var myvar=3'
print a quick help
exit the program quickly
--probePat probe
Probe for PAT//PMT..

Custom encoding settings can be created with the scripting engine. Do the following steps:
1. Start avidemux and open any video file.
2. Configure you own encoding settings.
3. Save the settings as project (File -> Save project as...) with suffix ".js".
4. Quit avidemux.
5. Open the project file in a simple editor and delete useless lines.
* You need the first line "//AD" and the line "app = new Avidemux()"
* and the encoding settings beginning with "".
6. Save this script file with suffix ".js" in the user directory "~/.avidemux/custom".
7. This custom script is now available in avidemux under the menu item "Custom".

For more information see Avidemux Wiki at and Forum at

Avidemux sources and executables are available from the project web site at

Avidemux was written by Mean <>. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

This manual page was original written by Joo Martin <>, for the Debian system (but may be used by others).

May 30, 2007 Avidemux 2.4