This is what I have so far:

for i in *.mp4; do ffprobe -show_format -i "%i"

// get duration, then need to somehow subtract 30 seconds, and marry these two commands

ffmpeg -ss 0 -i "$i" -t %duration% "${i%.mp4}-cut.mp4

I thought it would be simple, ugh.. why you no have -endtrim switch, ffmpeg? or does it? Maybe another command line one like this can?

  • If you have found a solution to your question, please post it as an answer. – Ambo100 Apr 21 '14 at 19:38

Post on behalf of the OP who solved the problem themselves:


@echo off
for %%i in (*.mp4) do (
call _trim2.bat "%%i"


@echo off
for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('_ffprobe -show_format -i %1 ^| find "duration"') do set _duration=%%a
set _duration=%_duration:~9%
for /f "delims=. tokens=1*" %%b in ('echo %_duration%') do set /a "_durS=%%b"
for /f "delims=. tokens=2*" %%c in ('echo %_duration%') do set "_durMS=%%c"
rem following line is seconds to cut
set /a "_durS-=30"
set "_newduration=%_durS%.%_durMS%"
set "_output=%~n1"
md _fixed
_ffmpeg -ss 0 -i %1 -t %_newduration% -c copy "_fixed\%_output%.mp4"

the processed filed will be put in .\_fixed\samename.mp4 and will all be 30 seconds shorter.


I had to use this same exact method for some of files I have.

When I execute _trim2.bat it comes up with errors that Windows doesn't recognize _ffprobe and _ffmpeg (which of course it doesn't cause of underscores).

When I try to execute without underscores it gives an error for ffprobe and ffmpeg as following, respectively:

Missing argument for option 'i'
Unrecognized option '15.'.(duration is 15)
  • I am not sure whether this is an answer, or a follow-up issue. – Greenonline Aug 20 '20 at 2:47
  • It is a follow up question.I wasn't able to make a comment – hacker red Aug 20 '20 at 10:40
  • You should ask your own question, using the button at the top of the page and link back to this question using the URL. – Greenonline Aug 20 '20 at 10:42

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