By Diego Massanti
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Media Inspector is the definitive tool for the analysis and reporting of audio and video files of any kind, and in any type of container.
Ever wondered why the quality on that movie file is so impressive ? You can now "reverse engineer" it and see the exact parameters used to encode it and print, save or share reports online.
Media Inspector runs as a systemwide service, allowing you to analyze files on demand with just a single click and integrates with the Mac OS X Finder, adding a contextual menu item for quick file analysis.
What's New in Version 2.6
Fixed drag and drop issues under some specific OS configurations.
Fixed crash when external disks where plugged-in or out.
Bumped MediaInfo Library version.
Dropped compatibility with 32bits and Mac OS X 10.6
New Icon for better integration with current Mac OS X versions.
Full Disclosure for Video files
For me this is a problem solver. I was trying to sort out workflow for moving video from various digital cameras and getting them all to agree on fps and so forth but some seemed to demand conversions to input to things like iMovie. What was supposed to be 60 fps was suddenly something else and there was always a nasty amount of compression. With the extensive information this shows I was able to create a workflow that gets the files broken out of the Sony packages and into clips with zero damage I can detect preserving size, low level of compression and the fps I shot it at. And allows me to verify exactly what is in a video file as it comes out of a processing step.
The first time I launched the free version it said it was no longer free and they wanted $3 for the latest Mac version. I immediatly went in search of where I could pay for it as I was ready to donate for the free one given the sticking point it helped me over. I have now used it to sort through accumulated video dumps from cameras and find what is really what I thought it was and isolate those into folders to remake some earlier edits at the best quality.
Video is a ZOO. This helped me $3 worth and then some (not suggesting they raise the price however!) And it seems to work fine with OSX 10.9. This threw some light into the dark corners of the video packages I was not getting otherwise and revealed what was really going on. Trying to get multiple angles from three different Sony NEX cameras and a GoPro and the occasional Canon geting everyone to play nice together was just not happening until I got “full disclosure” with the help of this app.
Needlessly expensive, clunky GUI, latest release seemingly useless….
Normally, I'd cut some slack for the developers of any app that reveals metadata for audio and video files, as there are countless media formats, containers, etc for this app to deal with and I assume that would present challenges for any dev writing an app intended to support ANY media format. Media Inspector once worked fine, but the latest release has become completely useless?
AND, when you consider they're charging $3 for what is essentially a Mac port of MediaInfo for Windows, well there's simply no excuse for the constant crashes I've experienced with Media Inspector. I tried several Matroska files with the latest release and MI crashed everytime. I went and tried MediaInfo on Windows with same files, and it worked fine. I even went so far as to purchase Invisor for Mac for only $1, and it opened all the files that MI couldn't.
Sorry folks, there's no excuse for a ported app that cost 3X what other devs are charging for an app that offers the same, if not better, features. Even though I've used Invisor for only a few files, it clearly has a better interface, as it provides some basic details on media files without requiring user input, whereas Media Inspector requires the user to select a report format before displaying any media metadata.
UPDATE: The original devs of MediaInfo have ported MediaInfo for Mac, and are charging only $1 for the app. I've just tried it on the very same files that crashed Media Inspector and it worked fine. It also has a better GUI than Media Inspector. I really can't see why anyone would purchase Media Inspector given it's high cost and primative functionality. There are better apps that provide better results for one third the cost of Media Inspector.