AppleScript Automate Trimming Original QT Movies Online

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by HDcuts, May 4, 2009.

  1. HDcuts macrumors newbie


    May 3, 2009
    I am looking for some ideas on how to do the following:

    Trim Original QT file using online preview QT that references the original QT movie. Steps outlined:
    1) On website QT player, open QT reference movie that references original QT movie
    2) Allows user to set in and out points on QT reference file
    3) Allow user to click "Trim to Selection" and then choose their desired specific movie file transcode setting we have already specified as compressor .setting.
    4) Takes the in and out time code information, opens up original QT movie in QT player on Xserve, trims the original to specified selection and with this new QT file encodes into specified Apple Compressor setting and saves encoded movie in a specified location for client download.
    5) Another option we would like to offer is allow user to scroll to specific frame and save frame on reference preview clip and automate opening the original movie and save that frame as High Resolution Jpeg in specified location for client download.
    6) Emails client and admin when ready

    Thanks so much for your help! :)
  2. refulgentis macrumors regular

    May 14, 2006
    The Quicktime plug-in doesn't support setting reference files, the Apple tools for video encoding suck, and they're very very very much so not oriented to web, but rather to authoring.

    You really would be best served using something like ffmpeg. It doesn't have the 'easy' appeal of QuickTime, but what you want to do would take me a week to do with ffmpeg starting from scratch. If I was to try to do it with Apple tools from beginning to end, it would be extremely hacky, hard to do, probably wouldn't succeed, and take a month or two to do.

    Trust me, I just finished some work related to what you're trying to do.
  3. HDcuts thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 3, 2009
    FFMPEG to Trim Orginal Clips

    How do I contact you (refulgentis) to set this up using FFMPEG?

  4. refulgentis macrumors regular

    May 14, 2006
    jpo at me dot com is best. Also I assume this is some sort of contract work, it's a bit complicated for something to do in my spare time. :eek: And I'm not sure I'd be able to implement some of the more complicated server side work (i.e. e-mailing client when video is available).

    I suggest you take a look at too, that's an example of my work, so you'd sort of know what you'd get.

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