Attracting all 4th file


I have 16,000 jpg's from a webcan screeb grabber that I let run for a year pointing into the back year. I want to find a way to grab every 4th image so that I can then put them into another directory so I can later turn them into a movie. Is there a simple bash script or other way under linux that I can do this.

They are named like so......





Thanks from a newb needing help.

Seems to have worked. Couple of errors in my origonal post. There were actually 280,000 images and the naming was. /home/baldy/Desktop/webcamimages/webcam_2007-05-29_163405.jpg /home/baldy/Desktop/webcamimages/webcam_2007-05-29_163505.jpg /home/baldy/Desktop/webcamimages/webcam_2007-05-29_163605.jpg

I ran. cp $(ls | awk '{nr++; if (nr % 10 == 0) print $0}') ../newdirectory/

Which appears to have copied the images. 70-900 per day from the looks of it.

Now I'm running mencoder mf://*.jpg -mf w=640:h=480:fps=30:type=jpg -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=msmpeg4v2 -nosound -o ../output-msmpeg4v2.avi

I'll let you know how the movie works out.

UPDATE: Movie did not work. Only has images from 2007 in it even though the directory has 2008 as well. webcam_2008-02-17_101403.jpg webcam_2008-03-27_192205.jpg webcam_2008-02-17_102403.jpg webcam_2008-03-27_193205.jpg webcam_2008-02-17_103403.jpg webcam_2008-03-27_194205.jpg webcam_2008-02-17_104403.jpg webcam_2008-03-27_195205.jpg

How can I modify my mencoder line so that it uses all the images?

One simple way is:

$ touch a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
$ mv $(ls | awk '{nr++; if (nr % 4 == 0) print $0}') destdir