Is there a tool (a program, or commandlet or whatever) that would allow me to export the metadata of files in a directory with "details" view ? This is for Windows 8, but in case one exists for earlier versions of windows I'm interested too.

What I want to do is, for example, open a directory with a bunch of videos. Choose columns such as dimensions, bitrate, framerate, etc. And have that metadata exported to a nice format (preferrably text).

For videos I know there are specific tools that do it. I also know of tools that work well for audio files or images. But windows is able to handle a lot of metadata for many types of files, so a tool that could take advantage of this would be cool.

I guess my question is similar to this one, but for explorer instead of total commander: Export content of columns in Total Commander .

  • If media file metadata is what you're interested in, Explorer's columns are barely adequate. Why don't you use something like MediaInfo instead? It has a GUI and can also be invoked from the command line. If you want something though that will work irrespective of file type, that'll require a different solution.
    – Karan
    Jul 10, 2013 at 17:22

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Snagit's Text Capture feature should help you here. It supports:

Window          Region              Scrolling Window
Active Window   Fixed Region        Scrolling Active Window
Full Screen     Object              Clipboard Rich
All-in-One      Custom Scroll       Text Formatting

There's also HyperSnap's similar TextSnap feature which I have used successfully. I'm sure there are other screen-capture utilities with similar features.

  • Not very clean solution, but it works (can become problematic for directories where the contents is larger than what can be displayed on a single screen though). Thanks.
    – ARRG
    Jul 14, 2013 at 18:44
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    I believe Scrolling Window Capture should be able to handle that as well.
    – Karan
    Jul 14, 2013 at 22:49

For audio or video files, you can use maplyer for windows (available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/mplayer-win32/) and use something like this to extract information you can later parse:

mplayer.exe -ao null -vo null -endpos 0 -v directory > file.txt

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