I am using Ubuntu vivid on my laptop and I want to recompile audio and voice with delayed audio. Movie was late comparing to audio. I demuxed voice.aac and video.h264 from orginal video. I know that it is possible via editing aac but this file doesnt need any mod for aac. Just wanna delay audio.


The -itsoffset option should do what you want:

-itsoffset offset (input)

Set the input time offset.

offset must be a time duration specification, see (ffmpeg-utils) the Time duration section in the ffmpeg-utils(1) manual.

The offset is added to the timestamps of the input files. Specifying a positive offset means that the corresponding streams are delayed by the time duration specified in offset.


$ ffmpeg -i video.h264 -itsoffset 1.0 -i voice.aac -map 0:a -map 1:v -c copy remuxed.mp4

should give an audio delay of 1 second. However, there might be container issues here, since ffmpeg is having to figure everything out from scratch.

What's better is if you do it using the original file:

 $ ffmpeg -i orig.mkv -itsoffset 1.0 -i orig.mkv -map 0:a -map 1:v -c copy remuxed.mkv

This applies a delay of 1 second (per the option to -itsoffset) to input 0, and no delay to input 1. The -map options specify to take the (delayed) audio from input 0 and the (non-delayed) video from input 1.

Hope that's clearer!

(If you wanted to delay the video instead, change the -map options:

 $ ffmpeg -i orig.mkv -itsoffset 1.0 -i orig.mkv -map 0:v -map 1:a -c copy remuxed.mkv

which specifies to take the delayed video, and the non-delayed audio)

  • Man this is what I need. I will try it when I go to home – makgun Jul 1 '15 at 16:05
  • Hope it works- I haven't tested. You may need to transcode rather than mux, but hopefully not! – bertieb Jul 1 '15 at 16:15
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    @makgun The delay is specified as the option to -itsoffset, 1.0 for 1 second, 0.125 for and 8th of a second etc. I have updated the answer to clarify this. – bertieb Jul 1 '15 at 17:36
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    @bertleb thaks for usefull answer Ive learnt it as well. Now I can watch it without using special video player. – makgun Jul 1 '15 at 18:26
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    Glad you got the answer to work :) Remember you can mark an answer as accepted by clicking the grey tick- no pressure though! About rotating, it is better to ask that as a separate question to avoid extended discussion in comments :) – bertieb Jul 2 '15 at 8:15

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