Digging into audio and video files to extract information is an acquired taste. What kind of information can you find in those files? Does anyone really care?
The answer to the last question is easy. If you need data from a movie clip or audio file, then you know the value of a tool that gives that info. As to the former question, there’s plenty of information to be had.
Unlocking File Data Secrets
If you’re interested in knowing what additional data is available from a photo file, stop reading. The Mac has many apps that dig up that information with a click or two.
If you need to know the data details of an audio or video file (media files), read on.
Media Inspector is an inexpensive Mac app that seems to reverse engineer media files so you can find out what they’re made of.
For example, sometimes you’ll see a movie clip online that has absolutely stunning video quality. Yet, when you try to save or export a video, the quality is, well, less than you desired.
So, how do they do what you can’t? Media Inspector can give you a list of data so you know what’s going on inside the media file. Here’s how it works:
The Inspector digs into the file, audio or video, to give you a list of the exact parameters used to encode the file.
Once you have that information, you’ll know what settings to use on your own media files to improve quality, reduce file size, or tweak your file.
Media Inspector integrates with your Mac’s Finder so details can be gathered with a click.
For example, for video files, the Inspector displays the length and file size, the encoding library, the video codecs, frames, aspect ratio, streaming capabilities, scan type and much more.
There’s no better way to improve your own audio and video recordings than by finding out how the professionals create and encode the high quality files. It’s incredibly useful, considering the price.