Is there a way to interpolate frames with ffmpeg? and not just copy them. I tried slowmovideo and boy it is slow. I used Twixtor in vegas and hated it. I gave megui and could not get it properly set up.

So is there a way to interpolate with ffmpeg??

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    The framerate filter does some simple interpolation, but probably not what you're looking for.
    – llogan
    Nov 25, 2015 at 18:46
  • Yes a bit more advanced feature would be nice
    – Levan
    Nov 25, 2015 at 21:33
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    FFmpeg recently got its own minterpolate filter.
    – Gyan
    Sep 19, 2016 at 14:47

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Yes, there is a way. Since November 2016, the libavfilter library has a video filter called minterpolate, which performs motion interpolation.

Example usage:

ffmpeg -i input.lowfps.hevc -filter "minterpolate='fps=120'" output.120fps.hevc

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    Just like any other ffmpeg video filter, e.g. ffmpeg -i input.hevc -filter "minterpolate='mi_mode=mci:mc_mode=aobmc:vsbmc=1'" output.hevc. The filter's documentation contains the description of the available parameters and their values. Mar 5, 2017 at 19:58
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    This command didn't work for me until I specified -filter:v instead of just -filter
    – colton7909
    Mar 10, 2019 at 17:05
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    Yes, that is true. If there are some non-video streams in the input file, the minterpolate filter needs to be restricted to a single video stream by using the :v stream specifier. If the input file contains multiple video streams, it is necessary to restrict the filter to a single video stream by using a stream specifier similar to :v:0. Mar 12, 2019 at 11:30

Have a look at this AI project with impressive results: http://jianghz.me/projects/superslomo/

It has a Python implementation which can accelerate using CUDA. https://github.com/avinashpaliwal/Super-SloMo

There's also an easy tutorial for that Python impl, with honest examples. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXwXtIiOjRA


You can use Butterflow as it uses ffmpeg https://github.com/dthpham/butterflow

It's a command-line tool that can:

Increase a video's frame rate by rendering new frames based on motion (pixel-warping + blending). Make smooth motion videos (simple blending between frames). Leverage new frames/increase in frame rates to make fluid slow motion videos.

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    Please read How do I recommend software for some tips as to how you should go about recommending software. You should provide at least a link, some additional information about the software itself, and how it can be used to solve the problem in the question.
    – DavidPostill
    Sep 19, 2016 at 15:12

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