Media Inspector
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Analyze multimedia files (was MediaInfo Mac).   ($2.99)
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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
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later





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Media Inspector User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Flavum commented on 16 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 2.0.1]

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Turquoise replied on 10 Jan 2014
Works well for me on 10.9.1.
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Flavum replied on 10 Jan 2014
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.
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sjk commented on 06 Nov 2012
- 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.
[Version 2.0.1]


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Pedro-Fardilha reviewed on 14 Jul 2012
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.
[Version 2.0]

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GeoProf replied on 05 Nov 2012
I agree — sjk’s comment is spot on,. I too will not consider buying this until it’s made more efficient.
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sjk commented on 10 Jul 2012
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.
[Version 2.0]

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sjk replied on 11 Jul 2012
Where's your contact info, Diego?
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Lucas Sander replied on 24 Jul 2012
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.
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sjk replied on 27 Jul 2012
> … 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. :)
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ns194 reviewed on 09 Jan 2012
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.
[Version 1.3.1]


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Laine commented on 22 Dec 2011
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.
[Version 1.3.1]


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Amano_jyaku reviewed on 06 May 2011
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?
[Version 1.1]


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Stephen Borisoff reviewed on 25 Apr 2011
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!
[Version 1.1]


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Just-Annutha-Dewd reviewed on 22 Apr 2011
I occasionally use a slightly older version of this app, MediaInfo Mac, to check the various codec details of some of my videos. As useful as the information is that's provided, it has a couple usability issues that make it a bit cumbersome. The first one I see has been addressed, which was to add context menu support for mkv files. I always thought it was odd that the app could read those file types, but wasn't available in the "Open with" menu.

The second usability issue that will have to be addressed before I will consider paying for it is the ability to load up multiple files to quickly review one by one. I'll use Preview as an example of how this could be done. I'd like to be able to drop a folder full of videos into the Media Inspector app and have each one listed in a sidebar. I could then go down the list to review each video's details. As an alternative, I'd like to be able to select a batch of videos in Finder, then use the "Open with" context menu to open each video in its own Media Inspector window. This would make it simpler to compare details side-by-side if desired. I can actually do either of these suggestions using Preview with image files, as an example.

As it stands, I sometimes temporarily made this app the default one for mkv or m4v files so I can easily launch it when I want to review multiple files. This is truly a cumbersome process, but hopefully will be addressed in the near future. :)
[Version 1.1]

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Diego Massanti (developer) replied on 24 Apr 2011
Multi file opening and comparison features are already in place together with report sheet (movie screenshots) generation.
Those features are planned for a future update that i won't release 'til i can fix certain minor bugs, and to be honest I'm not yet sure if all that will be part of Media Inspector or a new and different app.
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Just-Annutha-Dewd replied on 24 Apr 2011
Thanks for the heads-up. The screenshot option sounds interesting too. Looking forward to it.
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Dada64 commented on 20 Apr 2011
Hello,
A while ago I wrote an improvement suggestion:
"Some videos have very long text in some fields (e.g. the "Video Encoder (Settings)" field created by x264). By now, you can only see the full information when you export the data.
It would be great if such field would show the whole text (with line breaks)."

Is this applied in the latest version?
I am asking because I cannot test that before I buy the app.
[Version 1.1]

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Diego Massanti (developer) replied on 24 Apr 2011
Nope, it is not, and it is a planned feature for version 1.2 which should be (hopefully) released sometime next month.
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Dada64 replied on 09 Jun 2012
And now more than one year is passed and there is still no progress about that issue.
I think its bad to promise something that you do not hold.
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na.dada64 had trouble on 13 Jul 2012
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.
[Version 2.0]

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na.dada64 replied on 13 Jul 2012
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.
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Sirhumphalot had trouble on 26 Jul 2011
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.
[Version 1.3]

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Garrych replied on 23 Aug 2011
Same bug here. I use publish option as a workaround
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June8 had trouble on 28 Feb 2011
"systemwide service, allowing you to analyze files on demand with just a single click"

I wonder why this does not work with .mkv files? Am I missing something?
[Version 0.7.36.0]

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Diego Massanti (developer) replied on 23 Mar 2011
It is a bug, will be fixed on a future update.
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Bupkis had trouble on 18 Nov 2010
I think there might be a bug in MediaInfo Mac 0.7.36.0. I converted a 24-bit/88.2Khz FLAC to ALAC using XLD. The output sample rate was set to be "same as original". MediaInfo Mac correctly reports the FLAC as being 24/88.2. But it reports the ALAC as being 24/22.7Khz (?!).

If I reconvert the ALAC back to FLAC it has the same MD5 signature as the original FLAC, which leads me to believe that MediaInfo Mac is misreporting the sample rate on the ALAC file.
[Version 0.7.36.0]

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Diego Massanti (developer) replied on 20 Nov 2010
Could you please provide me with a sample file to reproduce the issue please ?
Even a 1 second long sample would be enough.

Thanks in advance.
Diego.
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stravedere had trouble on 02 Jun 2010
the preference "include mediainfo mac credit in text reports" don't work.
[Version 0.7.33.4]

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Diego Massanti (developer) replied on 02 Jun 2010
Thats right, that preference will be removed, i just forgot to remove the checkbox from the UI.
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PorkPieHat had trouble on 29 May 2010
Preference "Expand all nodes by default" DOES NOT WORK.

I set the new version's preference to "Expand all nodes by default", but when I drag and drop a movie on the MediaInfo icon, its window still opens with the nodes closed (that is, the triangles on the left are closed and I must click them to see the info).


My Systems:
2.4 GHz Core2Duo Unibody Aluminum 13" MacBook with 4 GB of RAM running Mac OS 10.6.3;

2.16 GHz Core2Duo 20" iMac with 2 GB of RAM also running OS 10.6.3.
[Version 0.7.33.2]

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Sirhumphalot replied on 29 May 2010
Yes, I can confirm I have the same problem. Tried trashing preferences and starting "fresh" but the problem remains.
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Diego Massanti (developer) replied on 29 May 2010
Yes i have noticed that after releasing this update, it is a bug coming from the UI rewrite. I will release a new version really soon to solve this problem.
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Diego Massanti (developer) replied on 30 May 2010
Bug fixed in 0.7.33.3.
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mahjun had trouble on 16 Sep 2009
I cannot find any contextual menu (no service either).
tried everything, restarted, no way. Did I miss something ?
thanks in advance for any help.
imac intel 10.5.8
[Version 0.7.17.5]

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Diego Massanti (developer) replied on 28 Sep 2009
The service and contextual menu item are ONLY for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or newer, i forgot to clarify that on the app description, i have submitted an updated description to MU which fixes this confussion, sorry about it.
Diego.
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Pipkato commented on 18 Oct 2009
Just to report that I have Snow Leopard installed but don't get the Services option for MediaInfo or the Contextual Menu on movie files. I did try rebooting my Mac but it didn't help.
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Diego Massanti (developer) replied on 16 May 2010
Yes im aware of an stupid bug preventing the services and contextual menus to show on any computer other than mine (shame) haha....

I will fix it in a coming version, sorry about the trouble guys.

LopertYur rated on 03 Feb 2013

[Version 2.0.1]



na.dada64 rated on 13 Jul 2012

[Version 2.0]



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Quiiick rated on 13 Mar 2012

[Version 1.3.1]



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drdavedmin rated on 27 Nov 2011

[Version 1.3.1]



Ilya.t. rated on 26 Sep 2011

[Version 1.3.1]



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Diego Massanti rated on 23 Mar 2011

[Version 1.0]



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Boojin rated on 02 Jan 2011

[Version 0.7.36.0]



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Garrych rated on 27 Dec 2010

[Version 0.7.36.0]


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Date:05 Nov 2012
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