[Offtopic] Playback random selection from multiple videos

Roland Gesthuizen rgesthuizen at gmail.com
Mon Aug 16 20:31:23 EST 2010

VLC Media player has a commandline option. In theory you should be able to
script something in Python that peeks at a video file, determines its size,
slices it up into 5 min slots then randomly plays these .. perhaps leaving
out the header and tail so you avoid the title and credits.

Don't laugh, I met somebody who almost exclusively watches videos using this
option to load and play shows on her computer / home theatre system, Ubuntu
Linux of course. Watching the flawless and rapid entry of these commands on
a wireless keyboard just made me sink deeper into the beanbag of amazement.
Awesome stuff

Regards Roland

PS: .. (great film too "Be Kind - Rewind" from memory)

On 16 August 2010 16:15, Dr Paul Chandler <paul.chandler at une.edu.au> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'd like to be able to do the following (for demonstration, front-of-house
> purposes) ... show small samples from a video playlist randomly and
> continuously; for instance, every five minutes it would choose a random
> 5-minute sample from a random movie in the playlist and display it, and
> once that clip is over, it should choose another clip and do some sort of
> fade/wipe to the chosen clip.
> I came across an interesting post about how to do this here:
> http://superuser.com/questions/81044/playback-random-section-from-multiple-videos-changing-every-5-minutes
> Without resorting to a script (such as described), I wonder if anyone has
> any clues as to how this might be achieved?
> Thanks,
> --
> Dr Paul Chandler
> Research Fellow
> 'Multimedia grammatical design and authoring pedagogy' (Kahootz) project,
> School of Education, University of New England
> (Project website: http://www.une.edu.au/kahootzresearch)
> located at Australian Children's Television Foundation
> 145 Smith Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, 3065
> e-mail: paul.chandler at une.edu.au
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Roland Gesthuizen - ICT Coordinator - Westall Secondary College

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