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From the 2.1 branch on, Avidemux uses the SpiderMonkey ECMAScript language to handle scripting. Project files are based on ECMAScript.

You can use ECMAScript to do your custom scripts. This documentation will present Avidemux commands.

Creating a script file

The first thing to take care of is that an Avidemux ECMAScript project must start with “//AD”. For example, like this:

//--automatically built--
//--Project: /tmp/l.js
var app = new Avidemux();

You will probably want to create an instance of the Avidemux class, that will give you access to Avidemux internal functions.

This is done by the new Avidemux() command, you will note that in all examples, the instance is refered to as “app”.

Warning: most non integer parameters must be sent double quoted.

It is generally a good idea to save a project file and use it as a starting point for your custom scripts.

Using functions

After you have the standard head of your script, as explained in the previous section, you then call all of the functions with a '.' after the variable name you declared. For example, with the line var(nbsp)app(nbsp)=(nbsp)new(nbsp)Avidemux();, you would use app.function where function is the name of the function you want. For list of available functions, see other sections of this article.

Some example function calls:

  • app.load(“/home/user/Movie.mpg.idx”);
  • app.clearSegments();
  • app.addSegment(0,0,20084);
  • app.markerA=4898;
  • app.markerB=4902;

Additional functions

Here is the set of commands which are not part of the Avidemux class. They can be accessed directly.

Command Parameter Parameter Return Description
displayError string Display an error popup with the message
displayInfo string Display an info popup with the message
fileReadSelect filename Open the file selector (read)
fileWriteSelect filename Open the file selector (write)
allFilesFrom directory Number of files from that directory Initiate the directory parsing
nextFile filename Returns the next filename

Avidemux functions

Command Parameter Parameter Return Description
load “filename” Load the video (erasing all)
append “filename” Append the video to the existing video(s)
save “filename” Save output to the given filename
saveDVD “filename” Set output format to MPEG PS and save
saveOGM “filename” Set output format to OGM and save
clearSegments Remove all segments, after that command you have 0 frames available!
addSegment reference start,len Add a new segment from the source reference, starting at frame start with len frames
goToTime hh mm,ss Go to frame at hh hour, mm minutes and ss seconds
forceUnpack Set autounpack, you must call it before loading a file, and it will be unpacked
setContainer “container” Set the output container (must be between “”) - available choices are PS, ES, TS, OGM, AVI, AVI_DUAL, AVI_UNP

There are also a couple of variables you may want to change:

  • markerA: set the A marker (e.g.: app.markerA=100; set markerA to the 100th frame)
  • markerB: set the B marker

Avidemux video functions

Command Parameter Parameter Return Description
addFilter “filter name” “filter param” Add the filter
clearFilters Removes all video filters
Codec “codec name” "codec conf"[,"codec extra"] Select the encoder, using the conf, which can be “CBR=bitrate”, “CQ=qz”, “2PASS=size” or “SAME=0”
saveJpeg “filename” Save the current frame as a JPEG file
getWidth integer Returns video width
getHeight integer Returns video height
getFps1000 integer Returns the video framerate * 1000
setFps1000 integer set the video framerate * 1000
getFCC string returns video FourCC as a string
isVopPacked integer Returns if video has packed bitstream or not
hasQpel integer Returns if video has Qpel or not
hasGmc integer Returns if video has GMC or not
setPostProc type threshold,strength Set postprocessing

Avidemux audio functions

Command Parameter Parameter Return Description
scanVbr Build the time map needed for MP3 VBR
save “filename” Save the audio track as filename
load “type” “filename” Load audio as an external track, type is the file type - AC3, MP3, WAV, filename is the name of the file to load
getNbTracks integer Returns the number of audio tracks at frame frame
setTrack track Select track “track”

There are also a couple of variables you may want to change as above, if your instance has been created by app=new(nbsp)Avidemux(). You will access them using

  • normalize: 1 (normalize activated), 0 (not activated)
  • downsample: same for downsample (48(nbsp)kHz to 44.1(nbsp)kHz)
  • resample: set the new frequency
  • delay: set the delay in ms
  • film2pal: 1 (film2pal activated), 0 (not activated)
  • mono2stereo: ditto

stereo2mono: ditto

See also

using/scripting.txt · Last modified: 2012/11/11 08:51 (external edit)