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MediaInfo 0.7.99

Uncover the essential technical details of just about any audio or video file

by Mike Williams

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Swedish
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 11 September 2017
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Developer: Jerome Martinez
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MediaInfo
Learn more about the innards of any video or audio file

It's taken a very long time, but you've finally found and downloaded that audio or video file you've been looking for. So it's particularly frustrating that it won't play. At all. But why?

You could try downloading the file again, just in case it was corrupted. Maybe using another media player would help. How about installing a new codec pack? Troubleshooting media problems is tricky, and you could spend hours trying to figure out the problem.

There is a quicker alternative, though. Just open your audio or video file in MediaInfo, and you'll see lots of technical information about it: video and audio stream type, codec, aspect ratio, frames per second, sample rate and more.

If the file is broken - a missing video stream, say - then you'll see that immediately, and won't have to waste time tweaking your own system. And if it's just using a codec that you don't have installed, then you can quickly grab the latest version, and hopefully fix your playback problems right away. (There's even a "go to the web site of this video codec" button, so it's only a single click away.)

As a bonus, MediaInfo also displays file tags: album and track name, performer, composer, publisher, whatever it might contain. And wide support for video and audio formats means it'll work with just about any file type - MKV, OGM, AVI, DivX, WMV, QuickTime, Real, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DVD (VOB), OGG, MP3, WAV, RA, AC3, DTS, AAC, M4A, AU, AIFF and more.

Version 0.7.99 brings (changelog):

+ EBUCore: JSON output (--Output=EBUCore_1.8_JSON)
+ EBUCore: add writingLibraryName and writingLibraryVersion attributes
+ Ad-ID identifier display on a single line ("Value (Registry)" format)
+ MPEG-4: Better display of format of VobSub tracks
+ MPEG-4: CodecID is stsd name + ObjectTypeId for mp4a, mp4v, mp4s
+ AVC: preferred_transfer_characteristics support
+ MPEG Video, MPEG-4 Visual, AVC, HEVC, MPEG-4, Matroska: correct detection of RGB
+ matrix_coefficients: detection of Y'D'zD'x and Chromaticity-derived
+ AAC: info about SBR/PS being implicit/explicit/NBC (Not Backward Compatible)
+ AAC: indicate audioObjectType in CodecID
x Fix a weird 1.334 DAR due to a rounding issue​

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You won't need MediaInfo often, but when you do it'll come in very handy. Grab a copy now

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