My wife has a research project in which she needs to analyze brief (8-second) segments of hundreds of much longer videos. My goal was to take the videos (~30 minutes each) and cut out only the relevant sections and splice them together, including a static marker between each segment. This should allow her and her colleagues to analyze the videos quickly and using precise time-points (instead of using a slider in a video player to locate and estimate time-points). I’ve posted my notes from this process below for my own reference, and in case it should prove useful to anyone else.
To my knowledge, the best tool for the job is FFmpeg, an open source video tool. Continue reading Using FFmpeg to programmatically slice and splice video