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How can i save ffmpeg file-info output to a variable? if i put the following command into variable it's always empty, even though the command generates an output /usr/bin/ffmpeg/ffmpeg -i $1

what i've tried

INFO=$(/usr/bin/ffmpeg/ffmpeg -i $1)

if [ -z "$INFO" ]; then
        echo "empty variable"
else
        echo "$INFO"
fi
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what issue you are facing? –  Guru Jan 21 '13 at 10:30
    
the variable is empty. –  teslasimus Jan 21 '13 at 10:35
    
without saving into variable, can you try running the command directly within the script to make sure output is generated? –  Guru Jan 21 '13 at 10:40

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Try saving both STDERR and STDOUT. The following command will redirect standard error to standard output:

INFO=$(/usr/bin/ffmpeg/ffmpeg -i $1 2>&1)

By default, ffmpeg puts all its text output to STDERR, leaving STDOUT free for piping video/audio data to other applications.

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