Detect broken video files with mplayer and bash in the current directory

for i in *.flv *.mkv *.avi; do mplayer -ao null -vo null -ss 0 -endpos 1 >/dev/null "$i" 2> >(grep -qi error && echo >&2 "$i seems bad"); done
If you want avoid to be annoyed when playing your favourite video files with your video player, first run this command to stash wrong files (and test tricks to play these wrong files).
Sample Output
# annoying and the video file won't play :
$ mplayer file.mkv
[h264 @ 0x6ad23b85af8e6]no frame!
Error while decoding frame!
# so test my command before

By: sputnick
2013-08-20 22:23:11

What Others Think

This will be very useful to automatically correct the downloaded video files by the player itsef. Thanks for sharing this with us. The is the main source of this code lines, and a comprehensive guide for different well known media players.
kagimuvi · 61 weeks and 3 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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