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Find all videos under current directory

Terminal - Find all videos under current directory
find ./ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 file -iNf - | grep video | cut -d: -f1
2009-11-19 06:05:36
User: jnash
Functions: cut file find grep xargs
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Find all videos under current directory

Uses mime-type of files rather than relying on file extensions to find files of a certain type.

This can obviously be extended to finding files of any other type as well.. like plain text files, audio, etc..

In reference to displaying the total hours of video (which was earlier posted in command line fu, but relied on the user having to supply all possible video file formats) we can now do better:

find ./ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 file -iNf - | grep video | cut -d: -f1 | xargs -d'\n' /usr/share/doc/mplayer/examples/midentify | grep ID_LENGTH | awk -F "=" '{sum += $2} END {print sum/60/60; print "hours"}'

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Terminal - Alternatives
allVideos() { find ./ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 file -iNf - | grep ": video/" | cut -d: -f1; }
2011-08-19 11:58:59
User: totti
Functions: cut file find grep xargs
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Videos are found using their MIME type. Thus no need to for an extension for the video file.

This is a efficent version of "jnash" cmd (4086). Thanks for jnash. This cmd will only show video files while his cmd show files having "video" anywhere in path.

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What others think

find ./ -type f -exec bash -c "file -iN \""{}"\" | grep -q video" \; -print

Comment by taliver 301 weeks and 5 days ago

Not working. Just display files having 'video' in name.

Comment by totti 211 weeks ago

'file 'command missed some videos but it worked perfect using 'mimetype' command instead

Comment by akovia 153 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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