If you're using a Linux computer, Bash Scripts can be a powerful tool to help you complete useful tasks. A great script I have used is one that converts MP4 video files into MP3 audio files "on-the-fly". For me, this is a great way of converting online videos into audio files that I can listen to at any time.
The script below is a fairly simple script that finds all .mp4 files in a directory and creates a new .mp3 file - of the same name, in the same directory:
for f in *.mp4
name=`echo "$f" | sed -e "s/.mp4$//g"`
ffmpeg -i "$f" -f mp3 -ab 320000 -vn "$name.mp3"
Copy this script and save it as the following: convert.sh in the directory with the MP4 files. Then you can run it from the terminal by navigating to that directory and typing
In order to run this script, you will need to install ffmpeg. To do so, open the terminal with Ctrl + Alt + T and type the following:
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
I hope that this script comes in handy!
Share your comments or improvements to this script in the comment section below.
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