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Get the total length of all videos in the current dir in H:m:s

Terminal - Get the total length of all videos in the current dir in H:m:s
mplayer -vo dummy -ao dummy -identify * 2>&1 | grep ID_LENGTH | sed 's/.*=\([0-9]*\)/\1/' | xargs echo | sed 's/ /+/g' | bc | awk 'S=$1; {printf "%dh:%dm:%ds\n",S/(60*60),S%(60*60)/60,S%60}'
2009-09-24 10:33:19
User: Strawp
Functions: awk bc echo grep sed xargs
Get the total length of all videos in the current dir in H:m:s

You're behind on your TV catch-up, but how far behind? This command tries to open mplayer against all files in the current dir. If it's a video file it will contain ID_LENGTH, which is summed and output in hours, minutes and seconds.

Someone better at awk could probably reduce this down a lot.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find -type f -name "*.avi" -print0 | xargs -0 mplayer -vo dummy -ao dummy -identify 2>/dev/null | perl -nle '/ID_LENGTH=([0-9\.]+)/ && ($t +=$1) && printf "%02d:%02d:%02d\n",$t/3600,$t/60%60,$t%60' | tail -n 1
2009-09-24 15:50:39
User: syssyphus
Functions: find perl printf tail xargs

change the *.avi to whatever you want to match, you can remove it altogether if you want to check all files.

mplayer -endpos 0.1 -vo null -ao null -identify *.avi 2>&1 |grep ID_LENGTH |cut -d = -f 2|awk '{SUM += $1} END { printf "%d:%d:%d\n",SUM/3600,SUM%3600/60,SUM%60}'
2011-12-12 15:49:07
User: Coderjoe
Functions: awk cut grep printf

Better awk example, using only mplayer, grep, cut, and awk.

find -type f -iregex '.*\.\(mkv\|mp4\|wmv\|flv\|webm\|mov\|dat\|flv\)' -print0 | xargs -0 mplayer -vo dummy -ao dummy -identify 2>/dev/null | perl -nle '/ID_LENGTH=([0-9\.]+)/ && ($t +=$1) && printf "%02d:%02d:%02d\n",$t/3600,$t/60%60,$t%60' | tail -n 1
2014-06-07 15:50:41
User: powerinside
Functions: find perl printf tail xargs

Use case insensitive regex to match files ending in popular video format extensions and calculate their total time. (traverses all files recursively starting from the current directory)

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What others think

Probably so. I'll spend time on it once I have said time to spend. Fav'd and +1; I'll use this as a skeleton :)

Comment by kaedenn 322 weeks and 2 days ago

Excellent, ta :)

Comment by Strawp 322 weeks and 2 days ago

the command "bc" should be "bc -l"

Comment by unixmonkey11037 275 weeks and 6 days ago

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