Get video duration

Is there a way to read the metadata of a video file to get the duration of the vid?

I know I can do it in JS when the video is downloaded, but all I want is the play duration.

Edit: I believe I can used FFmpeg but it seems a big package to load just for what I need.

Use GetID3. It has features that allow you to look for the length of the video. I’m currently at work so I can’t give any demo samples. Unless someone can provide something before I do.


Thanks, @spaceshiptrooper. I’ll take that for a test drive… :slight_smile:

Edit: Looking good…

$getID3 = new getID3;
$filename = 'LiverpoolJudies.mp4';
$ThisFileInfo = $getID3->analyze($filename);
echo $ThisFileInfo['playtime_string'];
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Update: I found it took a noticeable time to get the play time for just 5 vids, delaying the page load, so I decided to implement it using AJAX. Works a treat.

Sounds like something that would be easily cacheable though. Do you have something like APC, Redis or Memcache installed?

Yes, it does get cached. In truth, I could have manually entered the play times, but it was a useful learning exercise.

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