Voyeur is a ruby library that will take your video and audio files and convert them to common HTML5 formats exposing an easy to use API. Seriously it's like falling out of a tree then climbing back.
The gem is easily installed by including the following line in your Gemfile (if you role that way). This version is compatible with ruby-1.9.x only, however there is a branch for ruby-1.8.7
or on the command line
gem install voyeur require 'voyeur'
This gem requires ffmpeg to be installed. If you require assistance there is a basic guide included in the wiki page. Feel free to add more! You can also try out automated setup scripts (at the moment we only have for ubuntu):
Simple conversions may be done by simply:
Voyeur::Media.new( filename: path_to_file ).convert( to: :mp4 )
This will convert the video into Mp4 and save it in the same directory as the original video.
This will also work for audio using the same API by simply:
Voyeur::Media.new( filename: path_to_file ).convert( to: :acc )
This will convert the sound file into acc and save it in the same directory as the original video
You can call convert with a block, this will return a MediaTime object.
Voyeur::Media.new( filename: path_to_file ).convert( to: :mp4 ) do |time| puts time.to_seconds end
This will output how far along the video the conversion process is, it can be used to display percentage completed. See bin/voyuer.rb for an example.
Alternatively you can convert to all 3 types at once:
Voyeur::Media.new( filename: path_to_file ).convert_to_html5
This will convert the video into 3 formats. Mp4, Ogv and Webm and place them in the same folder as the parent.
I have allowed the user to specify an output filename. (Note: if no output filename the file is just named after the original file):
Voyeur::Media.new( filename: path_to_file ).convert( to: :mp4, output_filename: "my_cool_video" )
This will give you a converted video called "my_cool_video.mp4".
You can also convert to all with the following:
Voyeur::Media.new( filename: path_to_file ).convert_to_html5( output_filename: "my_cool_video" )
It is also possible to place the formatted video in a custom folder:
Voyeur::Media.new( filename: path_to_file ).convert( to: :mp4, output_path: "my/cool/file/path" )
Voyeur::Media.new( filename: path_to_file ).convert_to_html5( output_path: "my/cool/file/path" )
I've designed this in the hopes that others will be able to add other formats / conversion options (haven't quite gone that far yet). Right now it's as simple as creating a file similar to this:
module Voyeur class Mp4 < Converter def file_extension "mp4" end def convert_options "-b 1500k -vcodec libx264 -g 30" end end end
The two methods file_extension and convert options are mandatory.
- Spawn processes simultaniously so more than one video can be converted at once.
- Add functionality so that users can use more specific convert options
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