I'm batch transcoding some 50 GB of video files on a USB hard disk which is connected to a wlan router. The drive is mapped as a network drive on my Windows 7 laptop.

The speed handicap of the wlan causes some parts of the processing to become unnecessarily slow, so I would like to do the following with PowerShell:

  1. List the names of the files on the network drive to be transcoded
  2. Copy the first file to a temporary folder on my laptop
  3. Simultaneously
    • Transcode the file in the folder
    • Begin copying the next file from the network drive to the temporary folder
  4. After transcoding and copy have both ended,
    • Delete the file which has been transcoded from the temporary folder
    • Begin transcoding next file in the temporary folder
  5. Loop until all files have been processed

How would I be able to do this with PowerShell? The multitasking part is an obstacle for my skill/persistence combination.

  • Belongs to StackOverflow – Snark Apr 5 '10 at 7:09
  • @snark: Not really, user/admin scripting is not necessarily a development question. – Richard Apr 5 '10 at 10:53
  • @Richard: if it was admin scripting, that would be for Server Fault :-) – Snark Apr 5 '10 at 11:09

You could look at the support for Jobs in PSH 2.

help about_jobs

to get an introduction.

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