Looking inside media files with MediaInfo

mediainfo_icon Tin Fehlman from Daily Cup of Tech had recently posted about GSpot utility for determining type of video file (if you use K-Lite Codec Pack it has GSpot bundled). While GSpot gets job done I hardly like it for weird interface and some instabilities I experienced in the past versions.

MediaInfo is similar utility that works with numerous types of video and audio files.

What it does

MediaInfo processes any media file you throw at it and provide information about file’s container and streams inside it (video, audio, subtitles).


Interface is simplistic with few pre-defined layouts as well as option to create custom ones. Extremely copy/paste friendly.


App is extensive open source project and is available for numerous operating systems. For Windows I suggest downloading GUI Windows Without Installer package because it is natively portable. You need 7-Zip (or compatible unpacker like Universal Extractor ) to uncompress it. Otherwise just go for package with installer which comes as regular executable.


Freeware, open source, available in multiply languages, completely portable . Rich on technical details but it’s better to ignore extra than to miss something, right?

Home http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/

SourceForge http://sourceforge.net/projects/mediainfo

Download http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=86862&package_id=90341&release_id=646027

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  • Nihar #

    Thanks for the info. I download lots of videos and those come in differnt formats. I do have XP Codec pack installed. But, this will help to check the info about the video file.
  • Rarst #

    @Nihar Yeah, good codec packs will play most stuff but at times you really need to know what was stuffed into that video. :)