Find all videos under current directory

find ./ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 file -iNf - | grep video | cut -d: -f1
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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By: jnash
2009-11-19 06:05:36

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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. Show Sample Output


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    allVideos() { find ./ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 file -iNf - | grep ": video/" | cut -d: -f1; }
    totti · 2011-08-19 11:58:59 0

What Others Think

find ./ -type f -exec bash -c "file -iN \""{}"\" | grep -q video" \; -print
taliver · 444 weeks and 2 days ago
Not working. Just display files having 'video' in name.
totti · 353 weeks and 4 days ago
'file 'command missed some videos but it worked perfect using 'mimetype' command instead
akovia · 296 weeks and 2 days ago

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