Transcode MOV to MP4

GitHub Source Motivation: Digital cameras and phones typically save video to MOV (Motion JPEG) files. I share my photos & videos via a self hosted open source photo gallery (zenPhoto). MOV files must be converted to a compatible format like MP4 to stream through the readily available web video players like Flowplayer. Script features: Handles multiple files at once… even from different folders, e.g. when part of a file explorer search result Applies rotation where recognized in the EXIF metadata.

Transcoding Motion-JPEG (.MOV) to MPEG-4 (H264)

  please see => Newer Approach   I have a Panasonic DMC-ZS5 (dpreview, Panasonic) which creates .MOV files that contain the Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) “format” (for want of a more technical term). In order to stream those videos from my IIS/PHP based photo gallery (, they must be converted to a more “web compatible” format like MPEG-4.  I haven’t found a more straightforward approach than direct batch conversion to another format… you can readily automate the conversion of say all the videos in a folder so it’s pretty much turnkey and ignore.

Considering Home Network Storage Alternatives

My current bottom line is that I’ve got a 6 x SATA ICH9R just sitting there on my main Windows 7 machine’s mobo for free so I slapped on 2 TB x 2 in RAID1, published a few shared folders and leave that machine powered on 24⁄7. After everything else (optical & OS drives) I had two ports left doing nothing so the previous gen 750GB’s x 2 are in RAID0 receiving scheduled backups for a little more cheap peace of mind.

Richard Feynman (Nobel Physicist, 1918 – 1988)

Just kinda catching up with how “fun smart” this guy was… worked on the Manhattan project, all kinds of creative physics problem solving, “Original Prophet of Nanotechnology”, Nobel prize in Physics 1965, liked strip clubs, art and bongo drums… there are at least two semi-auto biographies out there in public circulation… I’m reading “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” right now… also a few enjoyable BBC Horizon videos featuring a fair amount of direct interview content: “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (1981)”, “The Quest for Tannu Tuva (1988)” and “No Ordinary Genius (1993)”

Very interesting (old) BBC series by James Burke – tracks the thread of inventions underlying our specialized society I’ve watched episodes 1-4 so far… 4 is a pretty good one Simply starting at the beginning seems good too Make sure you take advantage of the preconfigured playlists — look for “(play all)” — so they queue up and you can watch them straight through w/o having to continually find the next one — which really takes away from the enjoyment after a while Search for “james burke episode xxx” to dial in on each bundle if you’re not seeing it from the URL I gave above… there appear to be at least up to 20 episodes