The code presented in this page shows how to get the duration (in seconds) of an audio /video file before upload (AVI, MP3, MP4, MPEG, OGG), then, adding it into an input field in a form.
- Click on the code to select it.
<form action="#" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">
  File: <input type="file" name="fup" id="fup" /><br>
  Duration: <input type="text" name="f_du" id="f_du" size="5" /> seconds<br>
  <input type="submit" value="Upload" />
<audio id="audio"></audio>

// Code to get duration of audio /video file before upload - from:

//register canplaythrough event to #audio element to can get duration
var f_duration =0;  //store duration
document.getElementById('audio').addEventListener('canplaythrough', function(e){
  //add duration in the input field #f_du
  f_duration = Math.round(e.currentTarget.duration);
  document.getElementById('f_du').value = f_duration;

//when select a file, create an ObjectURL with the file and add it in the #audio element
var obUrl;
document.getElementById('fup').addEventListener('change', function(e){
  var file = e.currentTarget.files[0];
  //check file extension for audio/video type
    obUrl = URL.createObjectURL(file);
    document.getElementById('audio').setAttribute('src', obUrl);
- The <audio> element is necessary to can get the duration of the file that is added in the "src" attribute.
- When a file is selected for upload, it is created an object of that file, and adds it in the #audio element.
- The JavaScript get the duration of the audio /video file from the <audio> element, stores it in the f_duration variable, and adds it in the input field.
- When the form is submited to upload the file, the duration (in seconds) it is send on server in the "f_du" input field (in PHP: $_POST['f_du']).

- Demo (select an audio /video file):
Duration: seconds

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Get Duration of Audio /Video file before Upload

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