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Validators tell the engine whether the transcoding process should start or not based on the status of the audio and video track.

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This can be used, for example, to:

  • avoid transcoding when video resolution is already OK with our needs
  • avoid operating on files without an audio/video stream
  • avoid operating on files with an audio/video stream

Validators should implement the validate(TrackStatus, TrackStatus) and inspect the status for video and audio tracks. When false is returned, transcoding will complete with the SUCCESS_NOT_NEEDED status code. The TrackStatus enum contains the following values:

Value Meaning
TrackStatus.ABSENT This track was absent in the source file.
TrackStatus.PASS_THROUGH This track is about to be copied as-is in the target file.
TrackStatus.COMPRESSING This track is about to be processed and compressed in the target file.
TrackStatus.REMOVING This track will be removed in the target file.

The TrackStatus value depends on the track strategy that was used. We provide a few validators that can be injected for typical usage.


This is the default validator and it returns true when any of the track is COMPRESSING or REMOVING. In the other cases, transcoding is typically not needed so we abort the operation.


This validator always returns true and as such will always write to target file, no matter the track status, presence of tracks and so on. For instance, the output container file might have no tracks.


A Validator that gives priority to the video track. Transcoding will not happen if the video track does not need it, even if the audio track might need it. If reducing file size is your only concern, this can avoid compressing files that would not benefit so much from compressing the audio track only.