Linux: Putting two or more files together using cat
Many people are familiar with the “cat” command. Most of us use it when dealing with text and logging.
This command can also be use to put multiple video files together.
cat video1.mpg video2.mpg > finalvideo.mpg
This is best when using video without audio.
If putting two video files together that have audio you will need to sync the video and sound with a program like mencoder.
cat command options:
cat [OPTION] [FILE]…
Concatenate FILE(s), or standard input, to standard output.
- -A, –show-all
- equivalent to -vET
- -b, –number-nonblank
- number nonblank output lines
- equivalent to -vE
- -E, –show-ends
- display $ at end of each line
- -n, –number
- number all output lines
- -s, –squeeze-blank
- never more than one single blank line
- equivalent to -vT
- -T, –show-tabs
- display TAB characters as ^I
- -v, –show-nonprinting
- use ^ and M- notation, except for LFD and TAB
- display this help and exit
- output version information and exit
With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.
- cat f – g
- Output f’s contents, then standard input, then g’s contents.
- Copy standard input to standard output.