Awesome exiftool


exiftool works for audio files too.

I was downloading an audiobook (from here) and I wanted to generate an M3U playlist programmatically.

One interesting line in such file “format” is useful for setting a title, but it also needs the track duration. I initially thought to use ffmpeg:

$ ffmpeg -i hawthorne_lettera_mc_01_coperti.mp3
Input #0, mp3, from 'hawthorne_lettera_mc_01_coperti.mp3':
    artist          : Nathaniel Hawthorne
    comment         : Liber liber, progetto "Libro parlato" <>
    title           : Copertina
    genre           : Speech
    track           : 1
    album           : LA LETTERA SCARLATTA
    date            : 2019
  Duration: 00:00:47.60, start: 0.025056, bitrate: 277 kb/s
    Stream #0:0: Audio: mp3, 44100 Hz, mono, fltp, 102 kb/s
      encoder         : LAME3.99r
    Stream #0:1: Video: mjpeg (Baseline), yuvj444p(pc, bt470bg/unknown/unknown), 2000x2000, 90k tbr, 90k tbn, 90k tbc (attached pic)
      title           : Libro parlato
      comment         : Cover (front)

Uhm… there’s a lot to parse here. Having already introduced the wonderful Image::ExifTool in the past, I wonder if…

$ exiftool hawthorne_lettera_mc_01_coperti.mp3
ExifTool Version Number         : 12.42
File Name                       : hawthorne_lettera_mc_01_coperti.mp3
Artist                          : Nathaniel Hawthorne
Comment                         : Liber liber, progetto "Libro parlato" <>
Year                            : 2019
Genre                           : Speech
Track                           : 1
Album                           : LA LETTERA SCARLATTA
Title                           : Copertina
Duration                        : 0:00:48 (approx)

Wow, it’s supported! Moreover, it’s definitely easier to get something trivial to parse, as it’s capable of providing JSON data back and resrict to only attributes of interest:

$ exiftool -j -Artist -Year -Genre -Album -Title -Duration hawthorne_lettera_mc_01_coperti.mp3
  "SourceFile": "hawthorne_lettera_mc_01_coperti.mp3",
  "Artist": "Nathaniel Hawthorne",
  "Year": 2019,
  "Genre": "Speech",
  "Title": "Copertina",
  "Duration": "0:00:48 (approx)"

At this point, it’s easy to feed this into teepee (or Romeo) with the following template:

#EXTALB: [% 0.Album %]
#EXTART: [% 0.Artist %]
#EXTGENRE: [% 0.Genre %]
   for my $item (A) {
      my ($h, $m, $s) = $item->{Duration} =~ m{(\d+)}gmxs;
      $s += 60 * ($m + 60 * $h);
#EXTINF:[%= $s %],[%= $item->{Title} %]
[%= $item->{SourceFile} %]
[% } %]

to generate the playlist file:

$ exiftool -j -q -Artist -Year -Genre -Album -Title -Duration *.mp3 \
    | romeo tp -t m3u8.tp2

#EXTART: Nathaniel Hawthorne


#EXTINF:137,Preambolo alla seconda edizione

#EXTINF:6651,La Dogana. Introduzione a "La lettera scarlatta"


Let’s face it: exiftool is amazing, and we are should all stay safe!

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