Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

What is the best tool to obtain the media/codec details of any video/audio file?

I use Windows, but feel free to suggest for your favorite OS too.

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by Heptite, Tog, Moses, random Apr 25 '14 at 4:32

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they become outdated quickly and attract opinion-based answers. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve. Share your research. Here are a few suggestions on how to properly ask this type of question." – Heptite, Tog, Moses, random
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

up vote 9 down vote accepted


What information can I get from MediaInfo?

General: title, author, director, album, track number, date, duration...
Video: codec, aspect, fps, bitrate...
Audio: codec, sample rate, channels, language, bitrate...
Text: language of subtitle
Chapters: number of chapters, list of chapters

What format (container) does MediaInfo support?

Video: MKV, OGM, AVI, DivX, WMV, QuickTime, Real, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DVD (VOB)...
(Codecs: DivX, XviD, MSMPEG4, ASP, H.264, AVC...)
Audio: OGG, MP3, WAV, RA, AC3, DTS, AAC, M4A, AU, AIFF...
Subtitles: SRT, SSA, ASS, SAMI...
share|improve this answer

I used to have this tool called GSpot270a,
there is a quick start here.

And a comparison of some tools here.

  1. QuickTime Pro (commercial); Lillipot
  2. Intel Semaphore (commercial)
  3. GSpot
  4. MediaInfo (Sourceforge)
  5. wmsnoop

There is this blog post
View and Analyze Your Media Codec Information (Video/Audio) With MediaInfo
which does not open at this time... don't know why, but it has the lines,

MediaInfo can be considered as the alternative tool for GSpot Codec Information Appliance. MediaInfo is being actively developed.

I can see GSpot is not actively developed.

share|improve this answer
Another interesting one I tested this week "playtime" Main purpose is to give you total times, but it integrated the media info library in a more portable package, and a very nice viewing interface. It does not have the capability to display all the really deep header info like Bpov, but all the stuff most users would want to see is there. 2things in small clean package. – Psycogeek Mar 25 '12 at 3:35

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.