If you’re trying to figure out why a video won’t play on your machine it might help if you knew exactly what format you were dealing with. For example, if you’re watching a video but can’t hear any audio it may have to do with the format the audio was encoded in (OGG, MP3, AC3, DTS, AAC, etc…). With MediaInfo you can extract a lot of this pertinent information from your media files.
Here is a list of information you’re able to extract using MediaInfo:
- General: title, author, director, album, track number, date, duration
- Video: codec, aspect, FPS, bitrate
- Audio: codec, sample rate, channels, language, nitrate
- Text: language of subtitle
- Chapters: number of chapters, list of chapters
There are a lot of different video formats out there, and I can say first-hand that tools like MeidaInfo are a great help with troubleshooting problems playing back videos. It makes it easy to compare multiple files so that you can see what is working, and what’s not working.
MediaInfo Homepage (Windows/Mac/Linux; Freeware)