Blog /Video support

December 30, 2023 22:53 +0000  |  Blogger Python 0

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It's been a very long time since I started working on supporting video in my former image gallery, but it's finally finished. This site has had a substantial overhaul, dropping the old easy-thumbnails library in favour of rolling my own thumbnailer that stores the thumbnail locations on the Media object. I also employed some light-touch polymorphism to support rendering out a page of media to include both images and video. There were a bunch of backflips required (tinkering with ffmpeg) to extract metadata from videos as well as to thumbnail them, and the geometry I had to fiddle with to make it look just right wasn't fun either.

I also dropped the old js Packery library in favour of CSS grid and then spent literally weeks testing migrations since we're talking about around 77GB of images and video that I not only didn't want to lose, but I also wanted to interrogate further for higher quality metadata. Finally, my 16-core, 64GB desktop machine was getting taxed to its limits.

I don't know how well this is going to perform on the Raspberry Pi Kubernetes cluster though. Simple image thumbnailing works just fine, but video transcoding on arm64? It's going to be interesting.

Anyway, it was a shittone of work, so I thought it worth posting about. Chances are, you won't see any of the videos unless you login since it's all of my kid anyway :-) If none of the above makes sense to you, don't feel bad. This is a very nerdy subject.


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