Creating a Looping Audio Clip with FFmpeg

Let me explain on how creating a looping audio clip with FFmpeg. There is also the Audacity looping version of this. I wrote that as well on this website. Likewise see below how to use the FFmpeg to create a looping audio clip.

Creating a Looping Audio Clip with FFmpeg

Hey there! Today, I am going to show you how to make an audio clip repeat over and over again. There are a number of tools for this. There are the FFmpeg and Audacity software. You’ve probably heard those looping tracks in music or videos, right? Well, I am going to show you how to make one yourself. You can see this below. Lastly also see the converting audio with FFmpeg and Audacity on here.

Setup FFmpeg

Step 1:

You can download FFmpeg on this website. You can see on this website how to install the software.

Step 2:

Open Up Your Terminal: Now, let’s fire up that terminal or command prompt.

Step 3:

Find Your Audio File: Use the cd command to find the folder where your audio file lives.

Step 4:

Loop It Up with FFmpeg: Here comes the magic! Type in this FFmpeg command:

ffmpeg -i input_file.wav -filter_complex “aloop=loop=-1:size=10” output_loop.wav

Just replace input_file.wav with your audio file’s name and output_loop.wav with whatever you want to call your looping masterpiece. Oh, and if you want it to loop more or less, tweak that size number. Likewise see also the Adding Fade-In and Fade-Out with FFmpeg as well as the FFmpeg Audacity Audio article I wrote.

Step 5:

Wait for the result: FFmpeg will do its thing, but it might take a bit depending on how big your file is.

Step 6:

Double-Check the Result: Once it’s done, make sure your newly looped audio clip is hanging out in the same folder as the original.


Lastly also see the articles that I wrote on Ligos Indeo Codec as well as the FFmpeg Audacity.