This post is a follow up to the one on free tools that can join videos without conversion. The explanation on how this works as well as the conditions required for this to work are in that post, so make a point to read it should you encounter any problems joining your videos as detailed below.
Join Videos Losslessly using Video to Video
1. Get and install Video to Video from their homepage. There’s also a portable version if you prefer not to use the installer one. The software is only available for the Windows platform.
2. Launch Video to Video, go to the menu bar and under Tools select Join Video Files
|Join Video Files|
3. In the Join window, click on the Add button and select the videos you need to join. From the arrow, you can select a folder instead to add all the videos contained in it. Make sure the order of the videos to join is correct then click on the OK button.
4. Clicking OK will open the Video Settings window where you’ll input the parameters for conversion. So first under Video Profiles, scroll down and select Direct Stream Copy option. This basically means no actual conversion will occur and instead the video and audio streams will be copied as they’re.
|Select Direct Stream Copy|
5. Now the most important part – selecting the output container format. If all the videos have the same container, you can leave it to output to the original container for output (i.e. as Source).
To do that, go to the right sidebar and under Output Container, you’ll see the video extension to that container. Leave the other parameter as they are.
- If you need a specific container, you’ll have to make sure first that that container supports the video/audio codecs in your videos, otherwise the joining won’t work. My rule of thumb is that you stick to the MKV container as it supports virtually any video and audio codec out there.
|Choose a compatible container|
- If you need something else, you can take a look at this comparison table for a list of the compatible video & audio codecs for every possible container out there (MP4, FLV, WebM etc.).
- To check the video and audio codecs in any video, you can use MediaInfo. Windows Explorer Details Bar also lists this info when you select a video however it’s doesn’t work on all videos.
|Windows Explorer Video Properties Listing|
When done selecting the container, click the OK button.
6. That will take you back to the main window. Select the Output folder for the joined video then click on the Convert button to start the joining process.
|Select Output Folder|
If everything goes fine, your videos should be joined in a matter of seconds or minutes depending on their sizes. If you happen to get an error, make sure you used a compatible container and that the other parameters of the videos match (e.g. resolution).