How to get video files duration and resolution in python

Hi all,

Today i was about to find video file duration and resolution and few more info in python.

In debain based systems type this command in terminal


If this shows version , like this

avconv version 9.18-6:9.18-0ubuntu0.14.04.1, Copyright (c) 2000-2014 the Libav developers
built on Mar 16 2015 13:19:10 with gcc 4.8 (Ubuntu 4.8.2-19ubuntu1)
Hyper fast Audio and Video encoder
usage: avconv [options] [[infile options] -i infile]… {[outfile options] outfile}…

Use -h to get full help or, even better, run ‘man avconv’

If it says commond or package not found, then install this by

sudo apt-get install libav-tools

After successful installation, In terminal

avconv -i "filepath"  # give path to your video file

You will see output like this
    major_brand     : mp42
    minor_version   : 1
    compatible_brands: mp42mp41
    creation_time   : 2015-10-21 16:41:08
  Duration: 00:00:30.00, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 748 kb/s
    Stream #0.0(eng): Video: h264 (Constrained Baseline), yuv420p, 480×240, 488 kb/s, 25 fps, 25 tbr, 25 tbn
      creation_time   : 2015-10-21 16:41:08
    Stream #0.1(eng): Audio: aac, 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp, 255 kb/s
      creation_time   : 2015-10-21 16:41:08

You can see the resolution and duration highlighted my result.

Now lets see how to use this in python to get video resolution, duration.

The idea is simple , am gonna use subprocess and pipe the output

Here is the python code.

from subprocess import Popen, PIPE
import re

def getvideodetails(filepath):
    cmd = "avconv -i %s" % filepath
    p = Popen(cmd, shell=True, stdout=PIPE, stderr=PIPE)
    di = p.communicate()
    for line in di:
        if line.rfind("Duration") > 0:
            duration = re.findall("Duration: (\d+:\d+:[\d.]+)", line)[0]
        if line.rfind("Video") > 0:
            resolution = re.findall("(\d+x\d+)", line)[0]
    return duration,resolution

# call function with file path

This code can be found in gist too here

Thats it.

Happy coding!!!
Happy times !!!

String Module In Python3

Hi all. After long time I’m writing a post . Finally started learning python internals and playing with c python source code little bit.

Its actually nice to read the source code of cpython . To get a copy of source code follow this Cpython .

Hope you have a running copy of cpython.  Inside the source code directory run ./python

i have version 3.5.0a0 like this

Python 3.5.0a0 (default:5754f069b123, Dec 13 2014, 00:41:29)
[GCC 4.8.2] on linux
Type “help”, “copyright”, “credits” or “license” for more information.

Here I’m not going to talk about python3 . Since i started coding and slowly moving to python3 from python2 (will explain module by module).

Lets start using string module. inside shell

import string

s = “this is my test string ”


This Is My Test String

It just capitalize the first letter in every word in a given input string. The actual source code for capwords is

def capwords(s, sep=None):
    return (sep or ‘ ‘).join(x.capitalize() for x in s.split(sep))

you can check in file cpython/Lib/

It just splits the words and capitalize and joins for result.

If you didn’t download source code . checking in ipython or bpython or python shell means . Don’t worry there is a another option to see the source code . Not only this module all the modules source code you can see .

Lets see that .

import inspect


def capwords(s, sep=None):\n    “””capwords(s [,sep]) -> string\n\n    Split the argument into words using split, capitalize each\n    word using capitalize, and join the capitalized words using\n    join.  If the optional second argument sep is absent or None,\n    runs of whitespace characters are replaced by a single space\n    and leading and trailing whitespace are removed, otherwise\n    sep is used to split and join the words.\n\n    “””\n    return (sep or \’ \’).join(x.capitalize() for x in s.split(sep))\n’

See it returns source code in a string . How cool this inspect module ??. It has so many useful functions use it .

now coming back to our string module







I used to replace strings like this

k = “this is a test replace with b”


I found this is less efficient than this one

test = str.maketrans(‘a’,’b’)


‘this is b test replbce with b’

Both functions does the same job but maketrans done in efficient way . It just creates mapping table and translates .

I test with time-it. Second one takes less time than first one .

%timeit k.replace(‘a’,’b’)
10000000 loops, best of 3: 167 ns per loop

%timeit k.translate(test)
10000000 loops, best of 3: 143 ns per loop

if you have noticed something  above,  i used str.maketrans(from,to)

In case of python 2.7+ to 3.

you can use like this

test = string.maketrans(‘a’,’b’)

print k.translate(test)

In python3.1maketrans () is not  a function of string module

Because in Python3 Strings are not bytes . Strings are Unicodes.

In python2  bytes was an alias for str.

You can check this in your shell

bytes is str   (In python2.7 shell)


bytes is str (In python3.5.0a0)


Hope you got something . Happy coding . Thanks for reading . Feel free to tell your suggestions .


Hello World in Django !!!!

Hi …After long time i ‘m blogging about django..Lets start our journey to django .Before reading this i would suggest to get some knowledge in python .

My suggestions for python learning  are

  1. A byte of python with pdf
  2. Dive into Python
  3. Learn python the Hard way

What is Django?

Django is a Web framework written in python language .

what is meant by frame work?

After searching about framework, Frameworks are similar to libraries or templates that are already written for you, you can re-use the code to build your system . i.e(Collection of codes that uses some control mechanisum).

still didn’t get???

I explain with my view, lets forget about all technical terms and others. Lets say you want to build your new house ?

To build new house what are the things you needed?

  • money
  • stones
  • cement
  • empty ground (place)
  • water
  • sand and others stuffs etc….

now same thing for building your system(project)

Framework offers everything you needed, the only thing you need to do is ,place the things in correct manner. like(database details in proper place, your logics , representation of your data. etc.)

Hope you understand something !!!!

now coming to our django framework.It follows MVC pattern like Ruby on Rails  .

MVC: => Model View Controller

Model: for Database access.(this contains database,table details)

Views: your logic goes here

Templates: To represent your data(html files)

Why MVC or What is the Advantage of this?

The biggest Advantage of MVC is ,one’s change doesn’t affect other.

for example if you want to change your database details(say db name or table details) you need to change in model file only( no need of find and replace in entire project).Because each and everything are loosely coupled(independent). Same thing applies for view and templates too.

didn’t get it??

while doing sample code i will explain it …

To install django see install

Sorry i ‘m not going to tell about installation . Since i’m an linux user I know about installation in linux only. You can find lot of source for your operating system installations.

Django documentation is fair enough for any os.

After installing ,lets create the sample project.

Its good practice to create working directory for learning any language .

open terminal(cntrl+alt+T)

create directory mkdir djcodes(here djcodes is my directory name ,you can give any name)

cd djcodes(change to working directory)

To start a new django project (i’m using django 1.5 version):

django-admin startproject sample # here sample is a project name

change directory to sample

cd sample/

now issue  ls command ,      sample

You have file and sample folder inside sample project . – points to the settings file in your project. (This files are automatically created by django)

Inside sample folder you have 4 files

__init__py  – this will indicate your project as python package to compiler. – file to hold the urls of your website .(e.x)http://localhost/hello

here in order to use /hello in our project you have to mention this in

(see my below explanation for these concepts) – File that will hold all apps,database settings of your information .

(if you open this file means you can see,time zone,templates etc..). You will learn more about these files in my upcoming posts.– This file handles our requests and responses .(our django development server)

Ok. Lets start the server by

./ runserver (Note inside project directory)

this is show like this

Validating models…

0 errors found
Django version 1.4.5, using settings ‘sample.settings’
Development server is running at
Quit the server with CONTROL-C.
[17/Jan/2014 11:45:00] “GET / HTTP/1.1” 200 1957

Open your favorite browser and see the link

It worked!

Congratulations on your first Django-powered page.

Of course, you haven’t actually done any work yet. Here’s what to do next:

  • If you plan to use a database, edit the DATABASES setting in sample/
  • Start your first app by running python startapp [appname].

You’re seeing this message because you have DEBUG = True in your Django settings file and you haven’t configured any URLs. Get to work!

This is default page in django .

Our goal is Hello world page in django .

Lets Start creating our app and display hello world

To create an app(inside project directory)

django-admin startapp hello

This will create a hello folder in project directory.It has four files  – this file indicates your app as python package. – file to hold your database informations – your functions to hold requests,logics etc. – for testing purposes.

Three things to do for our task

1. add url in with associate function.

2. write code for url in

3. html file to render a response.

Lets add url in

gedit  /sample/

add your like this

from django.conf.urls import patterns, include, url
from hello.views import myfunction

# Uncomment the next two lines to enable the admin:
# from django.contrib import admin
# admin.autodiscover()

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    # Examples:
    # url(r'^$', 'sample.views.home', name='home'),
    # url(r'^sample/', include('')),

    # Uncomment the admin/doc line below to enable admin documentation:
    # url(r'^admin/doc/', include('django.contrib.admindocs.urls')),

    # Uncomment the next line to enable the admin:
    # url(r'^admin/', include(,

my hello/

# Create your views here.
from django.http import HttpResponse
def myfunction(request,):
	return HttpResponse("Hello")

save your files .
now run server ./ runserver

Now see in browser by typing http://localhost:8000/hello

this will return hello in page . Thats it our goal is done .

What happens behind the scene . I will explain shortly.

when you type localhost:8000/hello —> this will send request to django

this is will read and look for pattern and url match . if it matches it calls the associated function.

In our case it matches hello in and calls myfunction in

In –> we have the code to display the hello as HttpResponse .

Thats it .. Thanks for reading… Happy coding !!!

Scrapy Beginning Tutorial

Hi to all. Today i started learning scrapy .Here i’m going to start scrapy from the beginning ..

What is Scrapy?

Scrapy is an application framework for crawling websites and extracting  structured data which can be used for a wide range of useful applications, like data mining, information processing etc.

Take a look at the documentation of scrapy  for more information here

Scrapy was written in Python. Hence you must some knowledge in python to work in scrapy.

For those who are beginners in python i would suggest these books “A Byte of Python ”  & “Learning Python the HardWay” (or) “Dive into Python“.

For those who have already knowledge in python remember this . Scrapy supports python 2.6 and 2.7 . Scrapy doesn’t support Python3.

Lets see the installation here.

Pre requisites :

  • Python 2.7
  • lxml
  • Opensssl
  • Pip or easy_install (Python package Managers)

To install Scrapy Open Terminal and type(cntrl + Alt + T)

$ pip install Scrapy


$ easy_install Scrapy

After installation type  $ scrapy

Scrapy 0.18.4 – no active project

  scrapy <command> [options] [args]

Available commands:
  bench         Run quick benchmark test
  fetch         Fetch a URL using the Scrapy downloader
  runspider     Run a self-contained spider (without creating a project)
  settings      Get settings values
  shell         Interactive scraping console
  startproject  Create new project
  version       Print Scrapy version
  view          Open URL in browser, as seen by Scrapy

  [ more ]      More commands available when run from project directory

Use “scrapy <command> -h” to see more info about a command

It shows the installed scrapy version and other details .
Thats it .. From my next post we will get started with Coding …

Happy Times !!! Thanks !!!!!!!!


How to fix subtitles delay or ealier with your movies by python code

Hi..all …today i was watching movie with subtitles . I had delay with my subtitles files ,like  subtitles mismatch with  the every scenes of movie.  .

I sloved this issue by python code .Subtitles are in .srt format. (e.x) Pirates of the Caribbean -The Curse of the Black Pearl(2003).srt

I found that i got delay by 2 minutes in my .srt file

Library that  i used : pysrt

Open your terminal (cntrl+alt+t)

type python —> enter into python interpreter mode

import pysrt

if you got any error like –> no moduled named pysrt.  then you need to install pysrt .To install pysrt – sudo easy_install pysrt

for python3 users its available pysrt3

if don’t get any error then you already have this library.

now , if you want to make a delay in .srt file means do like this


>>> subs.shift(seconds=-2) # Move all subs 2 seconds earlier
>>> subs.shift(minutes=1)  # Move all subs 1 minutes later

finally save this file from your terminal by

>>>'path to ur location/', encoding='utf-8')

My Entire code which sloved my delay in .srt file

#! usr/bin/python
import pysrt
subs=open("/home/bala/Pirates of the Caribbean -The Curse of the Black Pearl(2003).srt")
subs.shift(minutes=-2) # Move all subs 2 minutes earlier'/home/bala/', encoding='utf-8')#saves file with in your home directory

This sloved my problem .
Thats it..   Happy coding !!!!

Beginning with pygame

Hi…to all …today i learnt how to begin with pygame in python

now lets consider getting intensity range of RED,GREEN ,BLUE  inputs from user  and display the resultant colour in window.


#! usr/bin/python
import pygame
from pygame.locals import *
from sys import exit
r=min(255, input("Enter the red colour intensity  :"))
g=min(255, input("enter the green colour intensity : "))
b=min(255, input("enter the blue colour intensity  :"))
pygame.display.set_caption("colour testing ")
while True:
 for i in pygame.event.get():
  if i.type==QUIT:
 screen.fill((r, g, b))

Run the file by python

Window will appear with the resultant color …

Thats it…enjoy coding with pygame….:) Thanks …..:)

How to get IP address in Python all …today i learnt how to get IP address in python..

To get the Hostname

import socket
print socket.gethostname()

To get the IP Address

import socket
print socket.gethostbyname(socket.gethostname())

we can also check with dummy socket and see the host name

import socket
s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_DGRAM)
s.connect(('', 0))

Thats it…:)

How to delete files in python

Hi…to all today i learnt how to delete files in the codes

import os

suppose if you want to delete all the file named myfile1.txt,myfile2.txt…it goes on like this.. we can use myfile*.txt  to delete all those the code for this


import os,glob
for filePath in glob.glob("Mydirectory/Myfile*.txt")
      if os.filePath.isfile(filePath):

if you want to delete all the files in subdirectories you can use the following code

import os, glob
for root, dirs, files in os.walk('MyDirectory'):
    for filePath in glob.glob(os.path.join(root, "MyFile*.txt")):
        if os.path.isfile(filePath):

it is possible to delete files you didn’t intend to. So make sure you test thoroughly before implementing code like this..

Thats it…thanks….happy coding with python…:)