Are there any programs that can play video and display the audio track as a waveform? I need one for either OSX, Linux, or Windows.


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I found one that does what I was looking for. It's not just a video player but a subtitle program called Aegisub.

Aegisub interface screenshot (waveform view)

Aegisub interface screenshot (spectrum view)

As opposed to suggested software in other answers, you can se the waveform of the entire video (to be exact: of one of its tracks) and use it - for example - for navigating through the video.

  • This is an excellent use of this tool, thanks for sharing your solution! You can also use most video editors, for example Kdenlive or Shotcut but their audio waveform display might be too small and playback might have too low performance. On the other hand they allow for easier navigation (I haven't found how to use the audio waveform in aegisub to change the playback moment/time)
    – qubodup
    Feb 28, 2018 at 11:56
  • Great tool! It solved my problem :)
    – Abdollah
    Nov 15, 2019 at 7:44

VLC supports all platforms.

It has an Oscilloscope function, preview of VLC's oscilloscope visualization

and a Spectrum function. preview of VLC's spectrum visualization

  • Nothing happens when i click spectrum or oscilloscope when playing a video... what could i be missing?
    – Draken
    Jun 13, 2020 at 14:08
  • @Draken check the forums! forum.videolan.org/index.php
    – evan.bovie
    Jun 15, 2020 at 23:35
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    it shows a window of waveform, not the full audio clip.
    – chikitin
    Sep 30, 2020 at 13:03

WinAmp can show an oscilloscope, or spectrum analyzer while playing video. You may need to use the Big Bento skin (comes with WinAmp).

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