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Images Transcoder

This API automatically resize and store images, the whole procedure is very simplified.

The advantages of this system:

  • Less code to write - so you can concentrate on the main functionality
  • Less space usage - only usable data is transcoded and unused data can be automatically deleted
  • Flexibility - you can change image filters (for example, new image dimentions) and all images will be transcoded automatically, upon first access
  • Security - the transcoded image can have the same security setting as original

Images Transcoder is working together with Storage Engine to store transcoded data. So, for example, you can store transcoded data on Amazon S3 with reduced redundancy option to save some money.

Adding new images transcode object

To add image transcoder object add record to sys_objects_transcoder table:

  • object - name of the transcoder object, in the format: vendor prefix, underscore, module prefix, underscore, image size name; for example: bx_images_thumb.
  • storage_object - name of the storage object to store transcoded data, the specified storage object need to be created too.
  • source_type - type of the source, where is source image is taken from, available options Storage and Folder for now.
  • source_params - source_type params, each source_type can have own set of params, please read futher for more info about particular source_types, serialized array of params is stored here.
  • private - how to store transcoded data:
    • no - store transcoded data publicly.
    • yes - store transcoded data privately.
    • auto - detect automatically, not supported for Folder source type.
  • atime_tracking - track last access time to the transcoded data, allowed values 0 - disables or 1 - enabled.
  • atime_pruning - prune transcoded images by last access time, if last access time of the image is older than atime_pruning seconds - it is deleted, it works when atime_tracking is enabled
  • ts - unix timestamp of the last change of transcoder parameters, if transcoded image is older than this value - image is deleted and transcoded again.

Source types

  • Folder - this source type is some folder with original images for the transcoding, the identifier of the image (handler) is file name.

    The params are the following:

    • path - path to the folder with original images

    This source type has some limitation:

    • automatic detection of private files is not supported
    • transcoded file is not automaticlaly deleted/renewed if original file is changed
  • Storage - the source of original files is Storage engine, the identifier of the image (handler) is file id.

    The params are the following:

    • object - name of the Storage object


  • Resize - this filter resizes original image, the parameters are the following:

    • w - width of resulted image.
    • h - height of resulted image.
    • square_resize - make resulted image square, even of original image is not square, w and h parameters must be the same.
    • crop_resize - crop image to destination size with filling whole area of destination size.
    • force_type - always change type of the image to the specified type: png, jpg or gif.
  • Grayscale - make image grayscale, there is no parameters for this filter

Automatic deletion

Automatic deletetion of associated data is supported - in the case if original or transcoded file is deleted. All you need is to register alert handlers, just call registerHandlers () function to register handler (for example, during module installation) and call unregisterHandlers () function to unregister handlers (for example, during module uninstallation).

Example of usage

$oTranscoder = BxDolTranscoderImage::getObjectInstance('bx_images_thumb'); // change images transcode object name to your own
$oTranscoder->registerHandlers(); // make sure to call it only once! before the first usage, no need to call it every time
$sTranscodedImageUrl = $oTranscoder->getImageUrl('my_dog.jpg'); // the name of file, in the case of 'Folder' storage type this is filename
echo 'My dog : <img src="' . $sTranscodedImageUrl . '" />'; // transcoded(resized and/or grayscaled) image will be shown, according to the specified filters