Auto-splitting video file in equal chunks with ffmpeg and python

UPDATE: The source code for this simple script has been moved to GitHub, get it here:

Recently I needed to upload a whole bunch of long video files. Maximum allowed length for each video was just few minutes, while the actual length of files I tried to upload were about an hour each. FFmpeg is really great for splitting the video files and Python is quite handy for automating the task. Combining two together in this handy little script(see below). The script below takes a video file and a chunk size in seconds and splits the video file into chunks using ffmpeg, so each chunk is self contained, playable video.

Source code:

#!/usr/bin/env python

import subprocess
import re
import math
from optparse import OptionParser

length_regexp = 'Duration: (\d{2}):(\d{2}):(\d{2})\.\d+,'
re_length = re.compile(length_regexp)

def main():

    (filename, split_length) = parse_options()
    if split_length <= 0:
        print "Split length can't be 0"
        raise SystemExit

    output = subprocess.Popen("ffmpeg -i '"+filename+"' 2>&1 | grep 'Duration'", 
                            shell = True,
                            stdout = subprocess.PIPE
    print output
    matches =
    if matches:
        video_length = int( * 3600 + \
                        int( * 60 + \
        print "Video length in seconds: "+str(video_length)
        print "Can't determine video length."
        raise SystemExit

    split_count = math.ceil(video_length/float(split_length))
    if(split_count == 1):
        print "Video length is less then the target split length."
        raise SystemExit

    split_cmd = "ffmpeg -i '"+filename+"' -vcodec copy "
    for n in range(0, split_count):
        split_str = ""
        if n == 0:
            split_start = 0
            split_start = split_length * n
        split_str += " -ss "+str(split_start)+" -t "+str(split_length) + \
                    " '"+filename[:-4] + "-" + str(n) + "." + filename[-3:] + \
        print "About to run: "+split_cmd+split_str
        output = subprocess.Popen(split_cmd+split_str, shell = True, stdout =

def parse_options():
    parser = OptionParser()    
    parser.add_option("-f", "--file",
                        dest = "filename",
                        help = "file to split, for example sample.avi",
                        type = "string",
                        action = "store"
    parser.add_option("-s", "--split-size",
                        dest = "split_size",
                        help = "split or chunk size in seconds, for example 10",
                        type = "int",
                        action = "store"
    (options, args) = parser.parse_args()
    if options.filename and options.split_size:

        return (options.filename, options.split_size)

        raise SystemExit

if __name__ == '__main__':

    except Exception, e:
        print "Exception occured running main():"
        print str(e)

Or download it here: splitting video file script link

Build OpenLDAP 2.3.x from sources on Ubuntu

It happened so that I needed to build a particular version of OpenLDAP on Ubuntu and use that instead of the one in Ubuntu’s repository. Here is a quick guide as to how it worked for me:

1. Get BDB 4.3 sources from Oracle’s site(link)

2. Compile BDB and install it:

tar –xvzf db-4.3.29.tar.gz
cd db-4.3.29/build_unix
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/bdb43
sudo make install

3. Get OpenLDAP source(ftp link)
4. Compile and install it:

tar xzvf openldap-2.3.35.tgz
cd openldap
export CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/bdb43/include -D_GNU_SOURCE" 
export LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/lib -L/usr/local/bdb43/lib -R/usr/local/bdb43lib" 
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="/usr/local/bdb43/lib"
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/openldap

If you’re installing version 2.3.x or anything before 2.4.15 you will need to manually patch OpenLDAP otherwise you’ll get this error:
../../include/ldap_pvt_thread.h:64: error: missing binary operator before token “(“
Patch file is available in this bug report
Or already patched file for OpenLDAP version 2.3.35 you can download here

If you’re installing anything >= 2.4.15, you can skip the patch.

Once patch is applied just run:

make depend
make test  #this will take a while to run 
make install

Common Errors:
configure: error: Berkeley DB version mismatch
Solution: Most likely you didn’t LDFLAGS and LD_LIBRARY_PATH as noted above

getpeereid.c:52: error: storage size of ‘peercred’ isn’t known
You need to include -D_GNU_SOURCE flag, to avoid incompatibility with glibc

../../include/ldap_pvt_thread.h:64: error: missing binary operator before token “(“
Solution: Apply patch as noted above

error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Solution: Add libdb-4.3 to shared libs cache:

sudo echo "/usr/local/bdb43/lib" > /etc/
lddconfig -v