If you have a lot of video files, use the below method to find the total duration of all the videos in the folder in Windows.
Recently, I’m going through a folder which contained a lot of small video files not only in the root folder but also in sub-folders too. Just for the sake of it, I wanted to see the total duration of those video files. Since I know VLC can show the combined duration of all the files in a playlist window, I launched the folder with VLC and toggled the playlist.
To my surprise, VLC failed to show the total duration. I think it’s because VLC cannot calculate the total duration when the media files are mixed with other file types and/or separated into their own subfolders.
Thankfully, there is a much easier way. Follow these the below steps.
See Total Duration of All Video Files
You don’t need any third-party programs to find the full length of all videos in a folder. You can do it using the File Explorer. Here’s how.
1. First, go to the folder where all the video files are stored. Next, select all those videos files using Ctrl + A keyboard shortcut.
If you the video files are mixed in with other file types or spread out in subfolders, do a wildcard search in the File Explorer search bar. For instance, if the video files are in MP4 format, simply enter
*.mp4 in the search bar in the root folder. This action will list only the MP4 files. Once separated, select all of them.
2. Now, right-click and the files and select “Properties”.
3. In the properties window, go to the “Details” tab. Here, you will see the total duration next to “Length” under the “Video” section.
Depending on the number of files, it can take a couple of seconds to switch the tab or show details in the tab. So, don’t worry if it looks frozen for a few seconds.
That is all. It is that simple.