Resize A Video With FFmpeg
This is the FFmpeg command I use to resize videos:
NOTE: If audio doesn't copy try adding `-c:a copy``
ffmpeg -i "in.mp4" -vf "scale=720:-2" "out.mp4"
It resizes the _in.mp4__ video to a 720 pixel wide version called _out.mp4__. The height is determined automatically.
Resizing videos with FFmpeg by adding this to the command:
The WIDTH and HEIGHT can be set to arbitrary values. That includes values that don't match the original aspect ratio which would result in distorted output.
Using `-2`` on one of the dimensions automatically resizes it to fit the aspect ratio. For example, a 3840x2160 source video resized with this:
ffmpeg -i "in.mp4" -vf "scale=1920:-2" "out.mp4"
produces a video that's 1920x1080.
Putting the `-2`` on the HEIGHT works as well. For example, this also produces a 1920x1080 video from a 3840x2160 source.
ffmpeg -i "in.mp4" -vf "scale=-2:1080" "out.mp4"
It's possible to use `-1`` instead of `-2`` in the examples above, but it's not recommended. Using `-1`` matches the aspect ratio exactly which means it could be an odd number. Some filters can't deal with odd numbers. Using `-2`` ensures the value is even.