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Media Inspector (was MediaInfo Mac) is a multimedia file analyzer. By using the amazing MediaInfo Library by Jerome Martinez, it will tell you every detail about codecs, settings, profiles and containers used for almost any audio or video file.

What's New

Version 2.0.1:
  • Fixed most UI issues reported by several users.
  • Fixed Drag and Drop functionality.
  • Fixed "Open With..." annoyances.
  • Added new icon and graphics for retina display Macs.
  • Updated MediaInfo Library

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Flavum Member IconComment+136
Flavum
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Since I'm unable to access the developer's Web site to report a bug, I'll comment here -

Media Inspector often hangs when accessing mkv files on external drives, leaving Force-quit as the only option (Activity Monitor shows "not responding"). Both Media-Info and iMediaHUD have no trouble displaying the files' info. I hate to quote an overused meme, but "You had one job…" A badly flawed application.

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Version 2.0.1
Turquoise
+0

Works well for me on 10.9.1.

Flavum
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I just checked again to be sure. I checked 10 different mkv files on two external FW drives (from 8-18gb each) and Media Inspector froze every time. Also, there's constant read/write activity and memory usage climbed to over 2gb before I force-quit the app. What's odd is that movies stored on my internal drive aren't a problem. MI seems to have problems with the FW bus. The other apps I mentioned work fine.

sjk Member IconComment+996
sjk
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- Fixed most UI issues reported by several users.

Reported where? The non-functional Command-W issue I mentioned here and in a MAS comment, for lack of knowing where to formally report bugs, still exists.

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Version 2.0.1
Pedro-Fardilha Member IconReview+222
Pedro-Fardilha
+4

I have to agree with the previous comment.
This (2.0) version is far less user friendly and a lot worse, usability wise.
Pretty much all my "complains" are in sjk post so I won't duplicate the info.

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Version 2.0
GeoProf
+2

I agree — sjk’s comment is spot on,. I too will not consider buying this until it’s made more efficient.

na.dada64 Member IconComment+0
na.dada64
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First, the new interface is not to bad. Now you can see the complete report (and not only a few chars of a lenghly field), finally.

But they seem to be a major bug in the file type recognition: If I want to analyze mkv or wmv files, the program says "The document “xyz.mkv” could not be opened. Media Inspector cannot open files in the “Anything” format." This is a no-go for such a program, both formats are really common. (They are even problems with avi files).

Furthermore, the services menu item doesn't work anymore.

At last, since some update of 1.x the analysis of an avi file is reeeeeeaaaallly slow (does he read the complete file??). Unfortunately this is also not fixed in the current version. Please provide a way to just don't do these lenghtly analysis, instead of trying to improve the performance over theading and such things.

It would be cool if you could address the mentioned issues. If you need additional information, feel free to ask.

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Version 2.0
na.dada64
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OK, I just saw that the problem with "cannot open that file" occurs only when you drop the file onto the application icon.

And furthermore, I want to mention that the window which appears at click on raw report, should be modifiable (resizable), also to ensure that the windows do not overlap if you have 2 media items in the list and activate the raw report of both of them. So, the comarison possibilities of two reports would become better.

sjk Member IconComment+996
sjk
+5

In general, the v2 UI/UX is less efficient and more awkward for me, both with single and multiple file reports.

I miss the convenience of v1 generating a media report for a single file without extra interaction that v2 requires.

The standard Command-W shortcut doesn't close Full Report windows. And Raw Report pop-outs can't be resized, closed with Escape or toggled with the Raw Report button, or viewed non-overlapping.

Opening certain files directly generates an error like "Media Inspector cannot open files in the “Movie-QuickTime” format.", while the "Analyze with Media Inspector" service succesfully opens them.

I'll be contacting the developer about these and other issues that come up.

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Version 2.0
sjk
+1

Where's your contact info, Diego?

Lucas Sander
+2

This is a great application, way better than the standard UI in the in the free version and my prefered over the alternatives like iMediaHUD, VideoSpec, etc. (much more stable). I did perceive a speed improvement in v2 with large video files, but, as with Pedro above, sjk already exposed all my complaints.

I was just about to write an e-mail to the Developer about this exact issues, so, if you excuse me sjk, I'll make your words mine. I also didn't find Diego's contact info.

sjk
+0

> … so, if you excuse me sjk, I'll make your words mine.

I don't mind, and can't control, if anyone copies anything I've publicly written, though preferably/respectfully they'll give me credit if it's an exact clone. :)

ns194 Member IconReview+0
ns194
+0

Generally speaking, I agree with Laine. This is just a repackaged version of MediaInfo (still freeware: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/32313/mediainfo)

However, this app's GUI is definitely better and easier to use. It includes the ability to simply drag and drop your video file as opposed to having to look it up in your file directory, and an export function for those who want to report their video's quality on the web.

Nevertheless, having to pay for such a simple program whose predecessor is STILL FREE seems a bit much. But hey, if you want a free version of this one, just download a previous release. The link's right above. 0.7.36.0 works just fine.

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Version 1.3.1
Laine Member IconComment+41
Laine
+2

I consider it improper developer etiquette to move a formerly free app to the App store and start charging for it. I would prefer that the developer release a new product at the App store, then include the information that the old product has been discontinued in favor of the new one, if that's the case. Ideally, a free product shouldn't be replaced with a commercial product, doing that compromises the integrity of the "free" software label.

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Version 1.3.1
Sirhumphalot Member IconComment+9
Sirhumphalot
+1

Anyone else running Lion having trouble with exporting Media Inspector's reports as simple text files? Using Media Inspector 1.3, I always end up with empty files.

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Version 1.3
Garrych
+0

Same bug here. I use publish option as a workaround

Amano_jyaku Member IconReview+1
Amano_jyaku
+1

Great little app, I use it every day.

A suggestion for future releases:

I would also like to see the possibility to have multiple windows so that I can compare different encodings of the same video source (without generating a report for every file).

And a question:
In the preferences I can see that it is also possible to show
the pixel aspect ratio of a video file (which is activated). I am using Handbrake for converting a lot of anamorphic MPEG2 content to anamorphic H.264 (mp4 container). Media Inspector only lists the display aspect ratio when scanning the output file. Why doesn't it show the pixel aspect ratio?

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Version 1.1
Stephen Borisoff Member IconReview+34
Stephen Borisoff
+0

Diego,
I resolved the installation, and save to disc backup issues with the AppStore problems I was having. If the AppStore Utility in Snow Leopard finds your Media Inspector/MediaInfo Mac DMG in the Applications Folder or the two com.massanti.plist folder/files in the User Library preferences, AppStore assumes your app is installed.

Now, here is the rub and its resolution making the AppStore work well for me... I removed the above files but no luck. HOWEVER, somewhere in my iMac I have a Programs Folder with a hard copy of the older MediaInfo Mac DMG in it. The AppStore apparently knew about that file too!
Therefore, it claimed your app was installed.

Also, while the old app was there, the new Media Inspector DMG stated oddly that it was missing components when I tried to install it from a backup DVD. However, once I removed all traces everywhere above mentioned and installed the new 1.1 Media Inspector via AppStore, I was able to back up the DMG file and the com.massanti.plist, etc. in the User Library to DVD or external drive. So, as long as one uses the proper protocol of deleting everything, a backup can be copied your iMac and AppStore cooperates splendidly and registers that backup as "Installed". Groovy. Love your app!

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Version 1.1
user icon+0
LopertYur
Version 2.0.1
user icon+1
drdavedmin
Version 1.3.1
user icon+0
Ilya.t.
Version 1.3.1
user icon+20
Diego Massanti
Version 1.0
user icon+6
Boojin
Version 0.7.36.0
user icon+1
Garrych
Version 0.7.36.0
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Downloads 40,629
Version Downloads 10,109
License Commercial
Date 05 Nov 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $2.99