ffmpeg - whatsapp: video format not supported

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There are some options for a better compatibility:

ffmpeg -i broken.mp4 -c:v libx264 -profile:v baseline -level 3.0 -pix_fmt yuv420p working.mp4

With -profile:v baseline -level 3.0 you make the file more compatible with most older players, including WhatsApp ;). Although, this disables some advanced features.

-pix_fmt yuv420p is necessary to compile to baseline (YUV planar color space with 4:2:0 chroma subsampling).

Also, you can adjust other options as bitrate, framerate, audio, etc.

Source: H.264 docs

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Copied from https://www.reddit.com/r/ffmpeg/comments/564kyc/ffmpeg_whatsapp_video_format_not_supported/?st=ivjxdi0v&sh=848ce7eb

ffmpeg -i brokenvideo.mp4 -c:v libx264 -c:a aac fixedvideo.mp4 

Also had to apply this fix: FFMPEG (libx264) "height not divisible by 2"

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This is worked for me in 2020

ffmpeg -i broken.mp4 -c:v libx264 -profile:v high -level 3.0 -pix_fmt yuv420p -brand mp42 fixed.mp4 
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I tried all previous commands and I got some errors. I was able to encode my video using this command and here is the explanation and why I set it up like this for a better compatibility:

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 \  -c:v libx264 -pix_fmt yuv420p \  -profile:v baseline -level 3.0   -vf "pad=ceil(iw/2)*2:ceil(ih/2)*2" -vb 1024k \  -acodec aac -ar 44100 -ac 2\  -minrate 1024k -maxrate 1024k -bufsize 1024k \  -movflags +faststart \  output.mp4 
  • If your input contains AAC audio you can stream copy instead of re-encoding by changing -acodec aac -ar 44100 -ac 2 to -acodec copy to preserve the audio quality.
option explanation
-vcodec libx264 Chooses video encoder libx264
-pix_fmt yuv420p Ensures YUV 4:2:0 chroma subsampling for compatibility
-profile:v baseline Set the encoding profile to baseline. Used primarily for low-cost applications that require additional data loss robustness
-level 3.0 Set the operating point level to 3.0 which is necessary to have compatibility with WhatsApp
-vf "pad=ceil(iw/2)*2:ceil(ih/2)*2" If you get not divisible by 2 error see
-acodec aac Chooses audio encoder aac
-minrate 1024k set min bitrate tolerance to 1024k (in bits/s). It is of little use elsewise
-maxrate 1024k set max bitrate tolerance to 1024k (in bits/s). Requires bufsize to be set
-bufsize 1024k set rate-control buffer size to 1024k (in bits)
-movflags +faststart enables fast start for streaming
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