For Mac users who wonder what kinds of data are stored in those media files, or for professionals who have a need to know, here’s a free Mac application that does the data deed with a click and grabs so much information from each file you’ll be amazed at what you can see that you couldn’t see before.
Unlock Media Data
In essence, that’s exactly what Scoop! does. It takes a media file– image, photo, video, audio– and pulls out the data each file holds and hides. The way Scoop! works is easy peasy, drag and drop.
How easy is that? Here’s what you get with, for example, a simple JPG photo file.
See how much information is contained inside each media file? I’ve been doing this kind of media manipulation for more than a few years and I’m still astounded at how much data is collected on each graphic, photo, or audio and video file.
Here’s a look at an audio file from iTunes.
You get the idea, right?
For audio and video codecs, Scoop can handle almost any file you can get to open on your Mac.
MPEG1-VIDEO, MPEG2-VIDEO, H263, H264/AVC, H265/HEVC, MPEG4, DNxHD, DNxHR, MP2, MP3, AAC, AC3, DTS, Vorbis, PCM, ALAC, FLAC and many more
For the geekier Mac user, Scoop handles every container on macOS I’ve ever seen.
MPEG4, MOV, MKV, AVI, QuickTime, WMV, FLV, MXF, GXF, MPEG-TS, MPEG-PS, AVCHD,VOB, ASF, AVS and others.
Everyone of those files contains meta data of some sort and Scoop! simply unlocks it so you can see it. Not bad for free. What I would like to see is a simple button to click and remove the data. Scoop! does let you search for data within a file, save the list of meta data, or print it out, but an option to delete select data would be a plus.