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All these functions will manipulate character strings to fit your needs. Functions can use into conditional node and populate variable node and keep the result in a variable.

There are 3 groups of functions :

  1. Other functions

Other Functions


  • This is a file function that will tell if file(s) exists. Returns the amount of files found and and 0 if it there is no match.

$exists(input string = “string/%variable%”)

$exists(“C:\Windows\explorer.exe”) 1

$exists(“C:\Windows\system32\win*”) 98


TODO: seems to be broke currently

$jsonencode and $jsonget

  • $jsonencode : Converts the input string to an JSON friendly string.

Note that this does not produce any JSON data structure but one can use the result as a “Value” in a JSON data structure. This can be used in order to produce a JSON string for further automatic processing, e.g. send a POST request to some 3rdparty API using the HTTP Request processor. Or to write a JSON File using the Write File processor.

  • $jsonget : Retrieves the value from a JSON object key. The first argumenst accept a string or a variable representing a valid JSON string. In the second section you refer to the object/key/array you want to get.

$jsonencode(input string = “string/%variable%”) $jsonget(input string = “string/%variable%”[, input string = “string/%variable%”])

$jsonencode(“D:\My\Media\folder”) D:\\My\\Media\\folder

$jsonencode('Hello “World”') Hello \“World\”

$jsonget('{“things”:{“myStuff”:“some other stuff”}}', “things.myStuff”) some other stuff

jsonget Usage Example to retrieve values from ffprobe:

$jsonget('%s_info_ffprobe%', 'streams[1].format_name') mov,mp4,m4a,3gp,3g2,mj2

You can use online tools to generate the selection string (streams[1].format_name) like this: Best Practice is to use a Write File Processor and write %s_info_ffprobe% to a file. This gives you the full JSON structure of your file. You can use the resulting JSON in above mentioned online tools.


  • Returns an instance from a valid array which must be in the form of “[“data”, data, etc…]”. All JSON formated data is valid. By default the function will return the first instance. If none is found it will return an empty string: “”.

This can be used in combination with another processor which generates JSON on output, for example loudness filter or in combination again with a HTTP Get processor that receives JSON data from a 3rdparty API.

$readarray(input string = “string/%variable%”[, input integer = integer/%variable%])

$readarray(“[23, 55.5, 19]”, 2) 55.5

$readarray('[“make”, “my”, “day”]', 3) day


  • This is regular expression function. It extracts text based on recognition patterns. It uses the Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE) engine.

Usage :
$regext(input string = “string/%variable%”, pattern = “string/%variable%”)

$regext(“<Duration value=“1214”/>”, “<Duration value=”(\d+)“/>”) 1214

$regext(“TVShow_EP0013.mxf”, “/(EP\d{4})/”) EP0013

$hex and $dec

  • $hex : Converts a decimal integer to hexadecimal number.
  • $dec : Converts a hexadecimal number to decimal integer. Function accepts both quoted and unquoted input.

Usages :
$hex(input integer = integer/%variable%)
$dec(input string/integer = “string”/integer/%variable%)

$hex(8) 8           $hex(15) f

$dec(8) 8           $dec(“f”) 15


  • Returns a random GUID/UUID.

Usage :

$guid() bc067580-f7de-4e12-9f84-7e905bd60378


  • Returns an eight character hash for any file. Must include full path. The hash is created using Yann Collet's xxHash which is very fast and suits large video files.

Usage :
$xxhash(input string = “string/%variable%”)

$xxhash(“x:\path\to\file.mxf”) 61abf926


  • Reads the contents of any file. Function supports all kinds of files, not just text based.

Usage :
$read(input string = “string/%variable%”)



  • Converts the input string to an URL friendly string.

Usage :
$urlencode(input string = “string/%variable%”)

$urlencode(“FFAStrans is #supercool!”) FFAStrans%20is%20%23supercool!

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functions/other_functions.txt · Last modified: 2020/02/14 12:29 by benjamin