Best Way to Batch-convert Clips?

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aerostar
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Best Way to Batch-convert Clips?

Post by aerostar » Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:56 pm

Hello. I have a relatively special problem and I'm wondering if there's solution. I'm hoping one or more of you Blue Iris Gurus can help me out with it.

I have about two days worth of clips (with alerts) that I'd like to convert from BVR to a standard MP4 format. I'm aware that BI can do this for each clip/alert individually, but given the volume and number of clips in this case, it seems to me that would be an extremely tedious process. I am hoping there is a better way. Ideally I would like to batch convert the clips on a non live BI server machine, for speed and because I don't want to tie up the live server machine.

I've copied the relevant clips to fast storage, but I can't seem to load more than one clip at a time. I copied the database from the live server (where all the clips are showing in the clips listing pane) over to the PC I want to use for the conversion, and designated that database in the BI settings, but the clips/alerts aren't showing up (at least not on the time-expired version of BI that I'm attempting to use.

As it stands at the moment, I'm using UI3 to select the clips in batches and converting/exporting as needed, waiting for each clip file to transfer (from the NAS storage to the converting PC), process, then clicking save for each clip - not extremely tedious, but not a single operation either. I'm just wondering if there's a better way.

Thanks.
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Re: Best Way to Batch-convert Clips?

Post by TimG » Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:24 pm

Not something I have done. Have you seen Thixotropic's posts ? Do they help ?

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Re: Best Way to Batch-convert Clips?

Post by MikeBwca » Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:48 am

Question...
Are these clips Recorded 'When trigger'? Or, 'Continuous' recording? Or, both?
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Re: Best Way to Batch-convert Clips?

Post by MikeBwca » Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:32 am

aerostar wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:56 pm
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As it stands at the moment, I'm using UI3 to select the clips in batches and converting/exporting as needed, waiting for each clip file to transfer (from the NAS storage to the converting PC), process, then clicking save for each clip - not extremely tedious, but not a single operation either. I'm just wondering if there's a better way.
Yes there is. A few ways...
1. In UI3 settings, under 'Clips/Alerts', Change the 'Download Exports Automatically' to 'Yes'.
...or...
2. After you start the batch export, check 'Download Exports Automatically'.
After each export, they will downloaded to your browsers download folder.
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