This article will show you how to concatenate two mpg files into one big file using the CAT and FFMPEG commands. Here was the dilemma. I have two video files that were recorded separately. The recording was accidentally stopped for a brief second or two. The cam created two separate video files. I wanted to stitch and merge the two files into one big file.
To accomplish the feat, I will be using both CAT and FFMPEG commands that is common to most Linux systems. If you use the cat command alone like the in the example below, it will not work. You’ll have timestamp issues. The player also will not go past the end of the first video. It will never play the second and third videos if you have more.
Cat is not enough.
cat abc.mpg def.mpg > ghi.mpg
What you need to do is use CAT and pipe the output using FFMPEG.
cat abc.mpg def.mpg | ffmpeg -f mpeg -i - -vcodec copy -acodec copy ghi.mpg
You now have a file named ghi.mpg which is the combined output of abc.mpg and def.mpg. You can concatenate 3 or more files if you wish. FFMPEG is such a powerful video converter program capable of converting videos to any video format like avi, wmv, mov, etc. Earlier in the year, I wrote how to install FFMPEG and also another explaining the options.