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GSpot establishes what video and audio codecs are required to play any video. Shows framerate, duration, aspect ratio, bitrates, structure info, and more. Supports AVI, MPG, VOB, DVD, VCD, SVCD, MP4, FLV, MOV, QT, RM, SWF, WMV, ASF.

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Version:2.70a History
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Size:400kB

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  Latest version:
2.70a (February 23, 2007)


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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
2.70a 22 Feb 2007 20070222
Bug fixes
Vista compliancy, WMV, MOV, extended MP4 & more


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Alternative to GSpot:
AVI2Clipboard
MediaInfo
VideoInspector



Guides and How to's:
AVI to DVD MPEG (using CCE or TMPGenc encoders) - Read
How to Convert AVI to DVD + AC3 with CCE and AC3Machine - Read
How to convert AVI/DivX/XviD with AC3 to DVD with AC3 - Read
How to identify a video source, what video and audio codec(s) it requires and its properties - Read
Sefy's Original Official guides AVI to VCD - Read
View all guides with guide description here


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Works just fine with Win7 Pro 64 bit. The only problem I have with this program is that it doesn't do MKV. Fortunately, it DOES work with MP4, and it appears that MP4 is becoming more fashionable and MKV less so.




Posted February 20, 2013 by . Tool version 2.70a using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


I agree (outdated). I switched to mediainfo - they update it constantly.


Posted April 22, 2009 by . Tool version latest using OS Vista
Ease of use 3 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


I used to use this on my old 32-bit Windows XP but it doesn't work with Vista 64-bit, crashes. This version is old, from 2007, why hasn't the developer updated this? I see this happen all the time, a great software is developed and released, then abandoned (another example: VirtualDubMod). The developer doesn't want to be bothered anymore. Why even bother if your not going to finish what you start.


Posted April 22, 2009 by . Tool version 2.70a using OS Vista 64-bit
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


GSpot even analyzed correctly a .rar file disguised as avi file. All others incl. medianfo and avicodec failed. Great utility.


Posted October 13, 2008 by . Tool version 2.70 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


I’ve been using GSpot since I ever stated manipulating video files in every way possible, sometimes explored for something better but always had to come back to it as this is the master of them all. I wish the developers would take the missing handy features that other software have and incorporate them which would wipe out the so called competition for good.
The second reason why I decided to write this “not so helpful” review is that I just watched a documentary about woman getting surgery to inflate their GSpot with collagen :o) One thing for sure, this software does not need anything fancy in order to keep you satisfied.



Posted April 27, 2008 by . Tool version 2.70a using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


This info. may be helpful?


Posted October 01, 2007 by . Tool version 2.60 using OS WinXP
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Guides: http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/PapaJohn/68/Gspot.aspx


Does not work in Vista 64bit, causes directdraw crash.


Posted February 03, 2007 by . Tool version 2.6 rc01 using OS Vista
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 4 of 10


Hi,

I find this tool very useful. I don't think I am fully using the entire power of this tool.

I have searched & searched the web for a "GSPOT User Guide" ... but so far I have found NONE! I would like to know how to interpret and use the Window "Proposed Codec Solutions & Tools" or how to decipher "User Data" info and so forth.

So, if anyone knows of a GUIDE, MANUAL ... please post here ... or may be the AUTHOR of this great program can help out.

THANKS & MERRY XMAS to the AUTHOR & All,
G!



Posted December 22, 2006 by . Tool version 2.60 RC1 using OS WinXP
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DV it's NOT always BFF, i have just now a lot of TFF DV file to work. But, unfortunately, this version of GSpot really show always TFF, even if the DV file is BFF. Actually, the best method (imo)to detect the right field order remain TMPGENC Plus or Avisynth. But, with te exception of few similar bugs, Gspot remain an essential tool.


Posted November 09, 2006 by . Tool version 2.60 beta05 using OS WinXP
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Just tested a DV AVI file with version 2.60 β05 and it is showing the field order as TFF, when it should be BFF as DV is always BFF.


Posted November 08, 2006 by . Tool version 2.60 b05 using OS WinXP
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How can you not love this prog? It is so invaluable for finding out very detailed information. It is the defacto standard and other progs in this field don't even come close to what GSpot offers.

Kudos to the author!



Posted October 09, 2006 by . Tool version 2.60 b01 using OS WinXP
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The Damned thing STILL does not handle .mkv (Matroska Files). All I get is "Invalid avi file".


Posted November 03, 2005 by . Tool version 2.21 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


Very killer util, provides all sorts of information. The only limitation I see is that it cannot do mkv/ogm files at the momment.


Posted January 02, 2005 by . Tool version 2.52b1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


GSpot is a great program for determining codecs. As far as error detection is concerned, it will tell you if a file is "complete" or not, but not if it contains errors or frame drops.


Posted July 16, 2004 by . Tool version 2.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Takes a few minutes to figure out (learn to RENDER), but is quite useful. Always helps find problem codecs. ALso helps find out file codecs. Excellent.

Tool should be part of ANY decent video setup.



Posted April 11, 2004 by . Tool version 2.2 using OS WinME
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Hits the G-Spot


Posted April 11, 2004 by . Tool version 2.2.1 using OS WinXP
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Gspot is an essential tool. Easy to use and it works great. Does everything it says it does. I get a lot of use out of this program, along with the AVI FourCC Changer, VirtualDub, and TMPGEnc.


Posted December 30, 2003 by . Tool version 2.1 using OS WinXP
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I just love it.


Posted August 11, 2003 by . Tool version Latest using OS WinXP
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This is one of those desert island tools. If you do conversions from one format to another, there is no way that you should be without G-Spot. Its ability to dictate the correct CODECs, coupled with its analysis of DirectShow streams is indespensible.


Posted June 13, 2003 by . Tool version 2.2 using OS Win2K
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Absolutely *required* if you download a lot of AVI's. This single tool tells you if you have the software to playback an AVI. With all the video and audio codecs floating around, this tool greatly simplifies things.


Posted June 12, 2003 by . Tool version 2.2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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