Project Transmute

I would like my videos to be ready to be moved to mobile devices when I want to travel, and things like Plex take too long for my liking. However I also prefer retaining the original full quality videos.

I wrote a Bash script (intended to be run as a cron job) that watches a directory for new files, and converts them to a ~3GB file with ffmpeg and dumps them in a destination directory.

There’s still a few bugs to work out but it’s functional. It’s available at

Update: sigh … Plex decided to make this a built in feature of Plex. I’m going to at least maintain Transmute for a little while in case I ever decide to switch to Emby.

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Eldridge Alexander

I am the Associate Director of Cloud Security at Gemini. Formerly employed at Duo Labs, Cloudflare and at Google. Technologist, magician, designer, musician, videographer, blogger, and avid sweet tea drinker.