Delving into Delusion

Running Shell Scripts on Files from Nautilus File Manager

 April 10, 2020      Stardate: 73740.0     Tagged as: Ubuntu bash

In a previous post I wrote a script to transcode a video in an mp4 container to mov container. It would be really cool to simply right-click on the file and run the script. AskUbuntu had a decent guide that explained how.

First create a new file in the /.local/share/nautilus/scripts/ folder using vi, gedit, or your favorite text editor.

cd ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts/
gedit <name of script>

Now, of course, make the script executable.

chmod +x ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts/<name of script.

Writing the Video Transcode Script with FFMpeg

Here is the script I wrote, encorporating the ffmpeg command from the previous post. The variables allow the output file to be the same size/resolution as the input file. Depending on the size of the file it could take some time, so I added a zenity popup box so you have to install zenity (sudo apt install zenity) or comment out the pop-ups. It may be useful to add an progress-box for the futureā€¦


## assumes FFPMEG is installed
## converts a mp4 vidoe file to mov container in order ot use in DVR

# strip new line char passed by Nautilus

#convert to lowercase in order to check extension...i can't work the lowercase into the logic below so this is a work around

#check to see if file ends with .mp4
if [ ${FILENAME2: -4} == ".mp4" ]
    # cut off the extension and rename to
    FILENAME3=$(echo "$FILENAME" | cut -f 1 -d '.') 

    # determined width and height of the video
    # the assumption is the output file is desired to be the same same as input 
    WIDTH=$(ffprobe -v error -show_entries stream=width -of default=noprint_wrappers=1:nokey=1 "${FILENAME}")
    HEIGHT=$(ffprobe -v error -show_entries stream=height -of default=noprint_wrappers=1:nokey=1 "${FILENAME}")
    FRAMERATE=$(ffprobe -v error -select_streams v:0 -show_entries stream=avg_frame_rate -of default=noprint_wrappers=1:nokey=1 "${FILENAME}")

    # this is the processing magic, notice I use the original FILENAME variable due to my goofy hack
    ffmpeg -i "${FILENAME}" -c:v dnxhd -profile:v dnxhr_hqx -vf "scale=${WIDTH}:${HEIGHT},fps=${FRAMERATE},format=yuv422p10le" -c:a pcm_s16le "${NEWFILE}"

    # finished message box
    zenity --info --title "Procesing completed" --text "${FILENAME3}.mp4 has been transcoded to a .mov file at size ${WIDTH}:${HEIGHT} and framerate=${FRAMERATE}" --width=600

else # it does not end in .mp4 so do not process
    zenity --error --title "This is not an .mp4 file" --text "File must end with extension '.mp4'" --width=600

Software Versions

This is an automated list of software versions used during the writing of this article.

OS Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
bash 5.0.16(1)-release