Film scans and images are usualy shoved about in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Picture_Exchange files. These files embed a massive amount of metadata which can be used to automatically catalog and search in big file collections (and searching is essential since a complete feature film will run well into tens of thousands of files). Reading this metadata can easily help with cumbersome tasks like sorting DPX files per reel/timecode, resolution, selective copying/processing and such daily tasks.

Additionally, *depix* supports editing of DPX metadata without the need to copy the file over (since files can be big). The metadata gets modified in-place without any copy operations, which is especially helpful when operating across a network.

SYNOPSIS:

Reading headers

meta = Depix.from_file(dpx_file_path)
puts meta.time_code #=> 10:00:00:02

Writing headers

editor = Depix::Editor.new(dpx_file_path)

# Advance the time code by one frame and save
editor.headers.time_code = editor.headers.time_code + 1
editor.commit!

The data returned is described in the DPX_HEADER_STRUCTURE.rdoc It's a vanilla Ruby object with no extra methods except for the readers that have the same name as the specified fields.

The gem also contains an executable called depix-desribe which can be used from the command line

$depix_describe 001_PTAPE_001.001.dpx

for a long description or

$depix_describe -s 001_PTAPE_001.001.dpx

for a short description.

$depix_describe ~/Desktop/Storm/E036/E036_L005.0007.dpx
Describing DPX /Users/julik/Desktop/Storm/E036/E036_L005.0007.dpx. Empty elements are omitted.
===================================================
File information   Endianness (SDPX is big endian) SDPX
  Offset to image data in bytes 8192
  Version of header format V1.0
  Total image size in bytes 9641984
  Whether the basic headers stay the same through the sequence (1 means they do) 1
  Generic header length 1664
  Industry header length 384
  User header length 6144
  Original filename E036_L005.0007.dpx
  Creation 15 2009:02:13:11:19:37+10
  Creator application ARRISCAN077
  Project name De_Storm_VFX
..... lots of info...

Synthetic properties
============
keycode : 02 05 32 173388 6668
component_type : RGB
colorimetric : UserDefined
aspect : 1.00
le? : false
time_code : 03:38:02:01
flame_reel : 000005

If you have a file that does not import into some application you could run “fix headers” on it to comb out invalid data (or data some systems do not approve of). To do so, run depix_fix_headers. Note that the files will be modified in-place

$depix_fix_headers 001_PTAPE_001.001.dpx

or for a whole sequence - just supply the -s flag and pass one file

$depix_fix_headers -s 001_PTAPE_001.001.dpx

NOTES:

Autodesk IFFS systems write the reel name for the file to the orientation.device field, some scanners write it into user data. Currently unpacking slots which contain invalid reals and ints will yield the maximum possible value for the type

Scanning tens of thousands of files is slow, not because Ruby is slow per se but because the disk is constantly on seek. It is recommended to *cache* the whole bulk of your metadata objects for later reuse, which is perfectly easy since Depix objects are serializable.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • timecode gem (sudo gem install timecode)

INSTALL:

  • sudo gem install depix

LICENSE:

(The MIT License)

Copyright © 2008 Julik Tarkhanov

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