MediaInfo is a convenient unified display of the most relevant technical and tag data for video and audio files.
The MediaInfo data display includes:
- Container: format, profile, commercial name of the format, duration, overall bit rate, writing application and library, title, author, director, album, track number, date...
- Video: format, codec id, aspect, frame rate, bit rate, color space, chroma subsampling, bit depth, scan type, scan order...
- Audio: format, codec id, sample rate, channels, bit depth, bit rate, language...
- Subtitles: format, codec id, language of subtitle...
- Chapters: count of chapters, list of chapters...
The MediaInfo analyticals includes:
- Container: MPEG-4, QuickTime, Matroska, AVI, MPEG-PS (including unprotected DVD), MPEG-TS (including unprotected Blu-ray), MXF, GXF, LXF, WMV, FLV, Real...
- Tags: Id3v1, Id3v2, Vorbis comments, APE tags...
- Video: MPEG-1/2 Video, H.263, MPEG-4 Visual (including DivX, XviD), H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC...
- Audio: MPEG Audio (including MP3), AC-3, E-AC-3, AC-4, DTS, AAC, xHE-AAC, MPEG-H 3D Audio, Dolby E, AES3, FLAC, PCM...
- Subtitles: CEA-608, CEA-708, DTVCC, SCTE-20, SCTE-128, ATSC/53, CDP, DVB Subtitle, Teletext, SRT, SSA, ASS, SAMI...
MediaInfo features include:
- Read many video and audio file formats
- View information in different formats (text, tree)
- Export information as text, XML, JSON, EBUCore...
- Graphical user interface, command line interface, or library (.dylib) versions available (command line interface and library versions are available separately, free of charge, on the editor website)
- Integrate with the shell (drag 'n' drop, and Context menu)
The small fee is for helping us in the development costs of the macOS version, and contains all the features cited above.
This version also contains an In-App Purchase (choice between a yearly subscription and a one time purchase) with more features including more preference settings, the comparison of several media files, and more to come.
Some frequently asked questions can be found at http://mediaarea.net/MediaInfo/Support/FAQ
- Graph view for 3D audio streams (thanks to graphviz)
- Update to MediaInfo library 21.09 with bug fixes, see https://mediaarea.net/MediaInfo/ChangeLog for more details.
Ratings and Reviews
Simple and usefuly utility, well executed and robust for its purpose
This is an awesome little app which does one thing: tells you exactly what is inside your media files. It does this extremely well.
It accepts every video file format that I'm aware of. The GUI is lean and straightforward. The output is detailed and efficiently presented. This app is far better than the built-in info functions in IINA or VLC, which I have used in the past. It’s really useful for managing and tidying a (video) media library---you can easily see which files are bloated with audio tracks, which are lower quality than you want, wrong language, etc. It feels like it should be built into the Mac operating system.
1. For side-by-side, I made a copy of the app in Applications and run two instances next to each other. This is at least 90% a good enough solution.
2. You can choose to open a whole folders of media files. After a minute or two for several TB of movies, the files are listed in the drop-down menu (nonalphabetically!!! CC: devs). You can easily go back and forth between them.
Close to perfect utility app
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your review and constructive criticism points.
For point 1, it is planned to have a comparison feature in the future.
For point 2, we order on operating system order, but we understand that alphabetical order is preferred, we'll fix that in a near future, with maybe a tooltip indicating that there is a drop-menu when there are more than 1 file analyzed.
Indispensible Little Gem of an App
I use this thing all the time. I get useful information out of it and people think I'm some kind of wizard. The new JSON output is great. (pretty-printed would be even better!)
But the feature I'd like the most is to be able to compare two (or more) media files and quickly identify just what's different.
UPDATE: It's arrived, and it's totally worth the modest subscription price. It instantaneously highlighted some unexpected differences in two similar media files that were behaving differently in Plex Media Player, things that I hadn't noticed when just going back and forth between the reports.
Minor nitpick: For the next update it would be nice to be able to close an individual file to remove it from the compare view. Also, reordering the columns. But seriously these are very minor. This app is unquestionably the best available wrapper for the awesome MediaInfo library.
Developer Response ,
Right, file comparison is there now :).
We'll add the possibility to remove 1 file from the comparison soon, reordering columns a bit later.
(and right, we need to polish a bit the JSON output as well as the XML one)
You don't know how much you need this program... until you need it.
I do a lot of video editing and there are times that I do conversions from different resolutions to another. I appreciate this quick utility that shows me the resolution, audio channels, and the bit rate of the video. This little utility is indespenible to my video work.
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- 11.2 MB
- Requires macOS 10.10 or later.
English, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian
- Age Rating
- © MediaArea.net
- In-App Purchases
- More features (lifetime) $7.99
- More features (yearly) $2.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.