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dusty mcCord
Qnap watch folder to create ProRes files.
on Apr 7, 2019 at 11:16:53 pm

Hello, I created a script that I built to automate converting youtube downloads to ProRes using ffmpeg on a Qnap NAS and sanitize the file names of illegal characters.

I created a few versions of the scripts. Each one is a different flavor of ProRes.

Please note that ffmpeg does not create an Apple-sanctioned version of ProRes. So I would not use this to make a client ready deliverable. However, my testing found that Premiere and Resolve work with these files just fine.

This script uses only software that comes pre-installed on all Qnaps and was tested to work on the latest version of the Qnap OS on an Intel Machine.

It's not the fastest way to make ProRes but is it very simple once it is all set up.

Setup does require a little advanced knowledge because you will need to open up a terminal and SSH into your Qnap device.

https://github.com/dustatron/qnap-prores-watch-folder
This is the Github link to my project.
This is my first time making a how-to like this.
So let me know where you are getting hung up so that I can try and fix it.


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Marco Mircoli
Re: Qnap watch folder to create ProRes files.
on Jul 23, 2019 at 6:20:06 am

hello, thank for the script!
does it could use hardware transcde feature (NVIDIA CUDA) in the future?
Could you give a watch?
https://www.qnap.com/it-it/app_center/?qts=4.4.1&kw=nvidia

It could be nice to be able to use hardware support (nvidia cuda optional card) to transcode video files.
It could be a vanilla killer feature of this box.
Thanks.
S.


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dusty mcCord
Re: Qnap watch folder to create ProRes files.
on Aug 12, 2019 at 8:09:34 pm

That is a good question. The qnap units I have don't have a space for a video card so they don't support hardware transcoding.

This script leverages the FFMPEG library that comes factory in qnap os.
It looks like FFMPEG does support hardware encoding but you have to make sure you are running a build of FFMPEG that supports that functionality.

Installing newer versions of FFMPEG on qnap I think would be complicated and probably to many steps for even the more advanced user. So I think its probably not in the cards for anything in the near future.

We would need to find a qnap app developer who could get something into the app store. That would be the best solution.


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Marco Mircoli
Re: Qnap watch folder to create ProRes files.
on Aug 13, 2019 at 10:03:53 am

plex app on qnap is talking about hardware encoding...
and it probably uses ffmpeg for it.
Have you give it a view?
Thanks.
S.


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