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Note: On Thursday 12 June 2014, the developer stated, "Development of VideoSpec is now definitively stopped."

VideoSpec is a free AppleScript studio App (Xcode 3.0 on Leopard) making use of MediaInfo CLI, MPlayer, FFmpeg, qt_tools and AtomicParsley binaries to display detailed informations on video files. Compatibility of analyzed media file with QuickTime Player v.7.6.x is provided with indication on the installation status of the displayed QuickTime Component and its download link as well as compatibility with iPod/iPhone/iPad/AppleTV. Suggestion on alternate movie player to QuickTime more...

What's New

Version 0.9.8:
  • MediaInfo CLI (v0.7.66) and ffprobe (N-58857-ge8ac905) tools updated.
  • Several bugs fixed.
  • Bitrate Pro import removed (bug on OS X 10.9 Mavericks).

Requirements

OS X 10.5 or later

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GeoProf Member IconComment+881
GeoProf
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VideoSpec 0.9.7 gets totally different bitrates for MP3 files than Invisor 2.5.3, iMediaHUD 1.6.0 or MediaInfo 0.7.60. I’ve had several such files, and just today I got another one — an MP3 of Andrew Bird’s song Fiery Crash which the other apps reported as being 208 Kbps while VideoSpec says it’s 128 Kbps. That’s a pretty major problem, in my opinion.

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Version 0.9.7
GeoProf
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I forgot to say that I like VideoSpec’s presentation better than most apps, and I laud the developer for keeping it free. I’ll send the MP3 file in question with this report to the dev straight away.

Videospec (Developer)
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Thanks for the report. Indeed VideoSpec reports 128 Kbps bitrate for your mp3 sample. Looking at the "Expert Display" (Command+Shift+E) thanks to MediaInfo CLI you can see that your file has got a variable audio bitrate with a 128 Kbps minimum bitrate and a 208 Kbps "nominal" audio bitrate. Probably I have to add a new field "Nominal Bitrate" in "Simple" and "Complete" displays!

Tenjinandou Member IconComment+20
Tenjinandou
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VideoSpec 0.9.6Download stops part way through. Trying since it was posted on MacUpdate.

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Version 0.9.6
GeoProf Member IconComment+881
GeoProf
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I've had v. 0.9.5 since at least March 10, and I got it from here as a matter of course. Is this new 0.9.5 really new, or just a re-release of what I've been using for over a month?

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Version 0.9.5
Videospec (Developer)
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Your v.0.9.5 was a beta. Please send it to trash and download it again from my web site. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Haibara Member IconComment+30
Haibara
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0.9.5 seems to be working great, so far, except for one oddity - any attempt to quit through the menu (VideoSpec > Quit VideoSpec) throws an AppleScript Error: "Can't set < > "PrefToolsDAR" of < > to "DV NTSC. (-10006)"

Using it on Snow Leopard (10.6.8). I've tried trashing the app and related preferences, and re-copying the app to Applications.
I haven't tried seeing if v0.9.4 also does it, as I still have the archive, so I'll go do that now.

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Version 0.9.5
Haibara
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Oops. Didn't expect everything between the brackets to be eaten, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Would've been better if I could have submitted an image cap of the error box, anyway.

The first (double) bracket (after "Can't set" should read "class defE". The second should read "class useD".

Forgot to mention that it doesn't throw the error if I close using the titlebar controls.

Endymion0000
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Yeah, you can also quit via the dock. It's just Command-Q and the menu Quit that throws the applescript error.

Videospec (Developer)
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I have tried to reproduce this bug under Lion (10.7.3) without success. It is related to preferences setting with the new Aspect Ratio calculator.

GeoProf
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With this new non-beta version on my OS 10.6.8 MacBook and iMac, VideoSpec 0.9.5 throws the same AppleScript error as Haibara gets whenever I try to quit with "Command-Q" or its "Quit VideoSpec" menu item. It can only be quit from its Dock icon or by force-quitting.

Videospec (Developer)
+1

I have found what is wrong in my code. Should be fixed in next update.

Haibara
+0

Thanks!

PorkPieHat Member IconComment+0
PorkPieHat
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I love this app, and thanks to the dev. for keeping it free. However, I currently have 3 MPEG-TS files for which VideoSpec cannot read the AC-3 audio bitrate (it states merely "Undefined") but for which Invisor Lite 2.0.1 and MediaInfo 0.7.50 read it without problem (it's 640 kbps). This has been the case for many files over the past 7 months, and it's a shame because VideoSpec is so superior in most other ways (except that it's slower than most others). Oh well.

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Version 0.9.4
Videospec (Developer)
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It is probably a bug as Mediainfo is mainly used for media analysis. Hopefully it should be fixed in the next update.

Videospec (Developer)
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VideoSpec 0.9.4 gives audio bitrate on all my mpeg-ts containing AC-3 audio. Could you send me a short sample (2-3s) so that I can replicate this bug?

PorkPieHat
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I sent the file today to the email address listed on your website.

Thanks again for making such a superior app, and for making it a gift to the Mac community. You rule.

JCH2 Member IconReview+392
JCH2
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I was curious enough to give this try, though I've been using MediaHUD. I still think MH has a bit of an edge, but I was non-the-less impressed. The responsiveness of developer is also exceptional... and nearly unique for someone giving time to something like this for free. All I can say is keep the faith that many of us appreciate effort and the outcome.

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Version 0.9.4
freiheit Member IconReview+36
freiheit
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Simple and fast viewing (with some customization options for what gets shown) of video and audio attributes. I like the new feature to preview in VLC instead of MPlayer. Just wish I could make VideoSpec stop trying to connect a website every time I run it. LittleSnitch lets me monitor apps "phoning home". For an app like VideoSpec, I see no need to phone home on every launch.

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Version 0.9.2
Videospec (Developer)
+2

What is the connection address? This is probably related to Sparkle which is used for updating. Furthermore, I do not use the system profile functionality of Sparkle in VideoSpec and I will not use it in the future.

freiheit
+3

Dev was quick to respond and show me how to disable the automatic update checking which caused my concern.

Lamarmarcl Member IconComment+7
Lamarmarcl
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Does this run in Lion?

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Version 0.8.7a
Videospec (Developer)
+1

I have not yet tested VideoSpec in Lion but users made ​​feedbacks that there was no problem.

GeoProf
+3

VideoSpec is my favorite such app, and it does work on Lion! The developer is to be commended for his/her creation and doubly so for keeping it free while other such devs have greedily thrown their previously free on the crApp Store Blandwagon. The crApp Store, BTW, has sadly capped off my rapid conversion over the last few years from a very long-time Mac Evangelist and ecstatic stockholder (which enabled our very early retirement and transformed my longtime cultural geographer's hobby of spending at least a month living abroad each year to now spending at least a whole season in a new country every year) to a disgusted hater of the new super-greedy, super-patronizing and megalomaniacal Apple.

But back on topic, over the last couple of updates VideoSpec has become picky as hell about the filetypes it supports, it’s become too stupid to figure out when there’s no Internet connection so it should adjust accordingly (which currently makes it insistently retarded until you click its alert response button 8 or 9 times — an uninspired idea by the developer because it smacks of data mining), and now it also crashes often.

So, though I’ll pine for VideoSpec's return in future versions to intelligence and common sense, the release of iMediaHUD 1.0.1 today may just make that wait more bearable because it too supports multi-file analysis, though instead of a single spreadsheet comparative display à la VideoSpec, iMediaHUD’s individual windows for each file you want to compare is way too unadjustably transparent and a bit ungainly, so that function could clearly benefit from a rethink. But,iMediaHUD can seemingly take anything you through at it with aplomb. I just dropped 7 different movie filetypes on its icon (.mkv, .mp4, .mpeg, .avi, .strs, .vob and .img just for kicks), and after a sustained pensive lull it puked out 7 new overly transparent windows for each filetype sporting a wealth of info about 6 of them and pleasantly more than I expected to get from the .img!

I think iMediaHUD has made a strong start, but I’m still hoping that VideoSpec will catch up in last quarter

Videospec (Developer)
+1

Thanks for reporting me this bug (silly internet connection alert). Please note that you could contact me directly from my site or on the VideoSpec forum. If you want to tell me more about concern with filetypes don't hesitate to contact me.

GeoProf Member IconReview+881
GeoProf
+1

Yeeeeehaaa, now I can compare multiple video files simultaneously with only one instance of VideoSpec — the most important feature it was missing! Now it's got nearly everything I could want — and it's still FREEEE! Thank you!

If they'd just enable it to read VIDEO_TS folders and make the movie player a bit more robust, it would be perfect.

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Version 0.8.7a
Videospec (Developer)
+3

I will try to add VIDEO_TS direct analysis in a next release.

GeoProf
+0

Now THAT'S a responsive developer — Thanks!

Philih Member IconReview+53
Philih
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Simple to use, free, many formats supported, perfect ...

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Version 0.8.7
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Version 0.9.8
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Version 0.9.7
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Version 0.9.6
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Version 0.9.5
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Version 0.9.4
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Version 0.9.3
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Version 0.9.2
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Version 0.9.1
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Version 0.9.0
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Version 0.8.7a
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Date 17 Jan 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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