I wanted to figure out a way to quickly and easily combine an image file (jpg) and audio file (mp3) into a video file (mov) using the free media converter tool ffmpeg. This would allow me to upload my podcast episodes and songs to YouTube. After extensive googling and testing I found the combination that finally worked. And since I'm such a nice dude, I'll share it with you:
ffmpeg -loop 1 -i image-file.jpg -i audio-file.mp3 -shortest -acodec copy -f mov video-file.mov
* The above is on Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS. Other ffmpeg versions may require tweaking of command options, hence the reason this took me extensive research and testing.
* Ffmpeg accepts a very wide range of file formats, so png, aif, wav, etc. can also be used.
* On Ubuntu at least, ffmpeg has been replaced by the avconv command; however, the exact same command format above works with avconv. Here it is again for copy/paste convenience:
avconv -loop 1 -i image-file.jpg -i audio-file.mp3 -shortest -acodec copy -f mov video-file.mov
* Here's how to install avconv:
apt-get install libav-tools
* Working fine on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS