I have been doing several long recordings with GoPro cameras recently. The cameras automatically split the recordings into 4GB files, which leaves me with a myriad of files to work with. I have therefore made a script to help with the pre-processing of the files.
This is somewhat similar to the script I made to convert MXF files to MP4, but with better handling of the temp file for storing information about the files to merge:
Save the script above as mergevideos.sh, put it in the folder of your files, make it executable, with a command like:
chmod u+x mergevideos.sh
run the file:
and watch the magic.
The script above can be remixed in various ways. For example, if you want a smaller output file (the original GoPro files are quite large), you can use FFmpeg’s default MP4 compression settings by removing the “-c copy” part in the last line above. That will also make the script take much longer, since it will recompress the output file.