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Merge Videos in VLC: Resulting Video Not Working and How to Fix It

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Sum: This post will be looking at how to merge videos in VLC and the easiest way to solve the "vlc merge videos not working" error.

Can VLC merge videos? Theoretically, yes. VLC is more than a media player. It also provides basic video editing options to cut and merge videos. Thus, whenever there is the need to merge videos for convenient access or to share all the best moments in a single file, this feature-rich tool, VLC, supposed to be helpful. But, do you really know how to merge videos in VLC correctly?

Many tutorials tell you that you can use VLC to combine videos easily by:

  • • Hit "Media" > "Multiple video files", and press "Add" to import videos.
  • • Press "Browse" to set up the output file location.
  • • Click on "Play" and choose "Convert" from the drop-down menu.

However, this won't work at all as you have to enter the proper command lines to enable the merge feature.

The issue also comes when we combine videos in VLC with the right command lines. For some, the command-line feature worked, but the merged video has no image, or the video and audio are out of sync. So, here this post will be looking at how to merge videos in portrait, landscape, or both with VLC as well as the easiest way to solve the VLC merge videos not working error.

How to merge multiple videos to a new one in VLC?

VLC is a cross-platform media player which goes compatible with Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and some others. This guide was carried out on Windows 10.

Step 1: Download VLC.

  • Visit VLC download site: videolan.org.
  • Choose an edition that matches your operation system.
  • Click to download the setup file.

Step 2: Install VLC.

Install VLC on Windows
Install VLC Video Merger on Windows 10

Step 3. Merge videos with command-line feature.

  • Create a new folder and move all your videos need to be merged to here.
  • Hold "Shift" and right click on the new folder.
  • Select "Open command window here".
  • Type the following command and press "Enter" to enable VLC to merge your videos.
  • "vlc_location" file1.mp4 file2.mp4 --sout "#gather:std{access=file,dst=final.mp4}" --sout-keep
Command Line VLC
Use Command Line to Merge Video in VLC

Command line explain:

  • vlc_location refers to the location of the vlc on your computer. To get it: Right-click on the VLC media player on the startup menu, choose "Open file location". Again, you right-click on VlC media player, choose "Properties". The location of VLC has been selected and highlighted in blue.
  • file1 and file2 are the file name of your source videos. In my case, I need to replace file1 with raining and file2 with wave. final stands for the name of the final merged videos, here I change it to merged. You can name it in your favor.

Step 4. Play the VLC merged video.

  • Go to the folder that was created in step 3 to find the merged video. Open the video merged by VLC and start to enjoy it on your PC or Mac.
File name
File size
Resolution
1.raining 69 MB 1024*436
2.wave 81.5 MB 1920*800
merged.mp4 86.4 MB 1024*448
Source video vs merged video

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[Solved] VLC Merge Videos Not Working and Other Errors

Error 1. VLC Merge Videos Not Working

VLC can NOT merge videos unless they are in the same format and the portrait orientations. Suppose you need to merge some vertical videos with horizontal recordings or combine MP4 recordings with VOB, AVI, MOV clips, you'll have to convert your videos to the same formats, or correct the videos' rotation, or both.
Below are the detailed steps. Nevertheless, remember, you can have many easier ways to merge your videos >>

To convert videos with VLC:

Convert Video for Merging in VLC
Convert Video for Merging in VLC
  • Launch VLC and select "Media" on the main toolbar.
  • Click "Open Multiple Files". After that, add video clips by clicking "+ Add".
  • Unfold the "Play" button and select "Convert".
  • Select a profile i.e. Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4).
  • Click "Start" button to run video converting process.

To change portrait videos to landscape in VLC:

Rotate Video for Merging with VLC
Rotate Video for Merging with VLC
  • The rotation feature in VLC is conceal and not expressed as "Rotate".
  • You need to go to: Tools > Effects and Filters > Video Effects > Geometry > Tick Transform > choose the proper rotation degrees.

Note: VLC cannot set a destination folder for batch conversion.

VLC allows you to do that only when you add a single video. If you added multiple videos, you'll find "Multiple Files Selected" in the destination path and you can do nothing to customize it. If you have 10 or more video clips and want to step away from being tortured by converting them one after another, try the following options:

  • Handbrake – convert video to MP4 in batch to a new folder, but you have to switch back to VLC for video merging (It has been verified that merge video feature is unrealizable in Handbrake by its official site.)
  • VideoProc – the all-in-one solution to convert and merge videos in batch. You can save the newly merged video in whatever format or wherever on local drive as you wish.

Error 2. The merged video has no image but only sound in VLC

Go and play the source video clips to see if any of them are corrupted. There is also a chance that the video conversion operated by VLC is incomplete or there was a video codec issue but VLC forced itself to complete the conversion. Try playing the merged video using some other media players such as Windows Media Player, KMPlayer, Potlayer, etc.

Play Merged Videos - VLC
Play merged video (VLC vs Windows Media Player)

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It's a pain to use VLC to merge videos, and that's exactly why I recommend you turn to VideoProc which makes combining videos a no-brainer. No matter what sort of videos you have, MOV, MP4, AVI, MKV, 4K HEVC, 1080P, 720P, 16:9, 1:1 video, or everything others, you just need to feed them into it, choose an output format, enable Merge, and this capable VLC merger alternative can do the rest for you.

Before we get started, first download and install this handy program on our PC or Mac computer.

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  • Merge videos in different formats, length-width ratios, or resolutions in bulk.
  • Handle 420+ output formats, meaning that you can merge MP4, MKV, VOB, and AVI…
  • Easy yet powerful editing toolkits: cut, trim, crop, rotate, stabilize, and denoise, etc.
  • Full GPU accelerated - process and merge videos in the fast-ever speed.

Download VideoProc on Windows to Merge Videos

Download VideoProc on Mac to Merge Videos

Step 1. Open VideoProc, click the "Video" button and then drag & drop your video clips that you wanted to merge with VLC.

Step 2. Click "Target Format", and check "Merge" option.

Add Video to VideoProc
Add videos to VideoProc

Step 3. Click the "RUN" button to convert and combine videos in one shot. Once done, you will have a new merged video.

Merge and Convert Videos - VideoProc
Convert and merge videos using VideoProc

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Farrah Penn

Farrah Penn has been a copywriter at Digiarty since 2014. Because of the occupational requirement and personal interest, Farrah has carried on broad and profound study and researches to multimedia related stuff, popular electronic devices and multimedia programs in the market.

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