With the advent of the Internet, a lot more digital files are being downloaded. It is usually interesting to see what type of audio or video file they are. For example, if you have a video file and you want to find the video size, frame rate, or the number of audio tracks in a file this can be quite difficult. However with a handy app called media inspector, you can find all of the information about a video or music file. This is especially useful if you are wondering if a video you have downloaded is in 5.1 or 7.1 audio for your home video system.
If you have a home movie, or one you downloaded off the Internet it is interesting to see what type of video is contained within the file. For example, if you have downloaded a video off iTunes and you are playing it off your Mac, you may want to see how many audio channels there are in the file, what size the video frame is and even more specific things such as bitrates and color spaces. This is very useful in diagnosing why your video may not play, or why there is no audio in your background speakers.
I use a little app called media inspector, which you can get off the app store. When you load in a video the app will analyse the video or music file. It will then generate a report for the media file.
You can load almost any media file into the app. I have looked into mp3, avi, mkv and more more files. When you load the media file you can view the report for the file.
The report gives you pretty much every bit of information you ever need. For example I can see that this file has 5.1 audio with the DTS audio codec, it has a 1080p video running at 23.976fps, standard for most videos. I also gets lots of other bits of information such as the size of the audio compare to the video, and the color depth etc.
This information is very useful if you are trying to diagnose a problem, or want to compare downloaded files. Its also interesting to use if you have a video or audio file which claims to have a certain characteristic, such as surround sound. You can quickly check with this app without having to load the video into a media player and using its media inspector. You can also save the data into a text file for future reference.
Its a very useful little app. Its also very useful if you have a lot of files and want to find the quality or composition of the files.