Convert images externally


Joined: 2013-05-01
Posts: 2
Posted: Wed, 2013-05-01 20:57

Is it possible to convert images externally?

I run Gallery3 on a Qnap with a slooow CPU. So the upload/conversion takes ages (about 3min per 2 MB image).

Since I want to move my old gallery of some 10k pics, this is clearly not doable in any reasonable time frame.

So I wonder, is it possible to pre-convert the images on a faster machine, upload images to proper directories (main images and mid-sized ones certainly, thumbnail generation will probably be reasonably fast) and then ask gallery to "register" them properly (and optionally generate thumbnails).

The questions:
1. is the above workflow possible?
2. is it possible to trigger Gallery3 to only create thumbnails (if these are made from mid-sized images, then it should be reasonably quick)?

Thanks in advance!

jnash's picture

Joined: 2004-08-02
Posts: 814
Posted: Wed, 2013-05-01 21:38

What comes to mind is the server add module, however, there isn't much conversion being done, other than the thumbnail and the resize.


Joined: 2013-05-01
Posts: 2
Posted: Fri, 2013-05-03 14:05

Well the thumbnail and resize ARE the problem (slow), so is it possible to do them elsewhere?

Or at least have a scheduled add which will run from cron, not depend on having Gallery open in browser for hours on end?

floridave's picture

Joined: 2003-12-22
Posts: 27300
Posted: Fri, 2013-05-03 23:41

I guess you could add a fake (small) item and then edit the DB manually setting the proper size then uploading the real size you want to the /var/albums resize and thumbs. A lot of work, that could be eliminated by using a web hosting service for a little bit of money.
Perhaps Gallery is not the product you are after on the hardware you chose.

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