VideoSpec is an AppleScript studio app making use of MPlayer, FFmpeg, mpgtx and MediaInfo binaries to display informations on video files. Compatibility of analyzed media file with QuickTime Player v.7.5.5 is provided with indication on the installation status of the displayed QuickTime Component and its download link. Suggestion on alternate movie player to QuickTime Player is proposed. Finally, preview of video files is available using mplayer binary tool.
January 17th 2014 (version 0.9.8):
Last update of VideoSpec. Its development is now definitively stopped! MediaInfo CLI (v0.7.66) and ffprobe (N-58857-ge8ac905) tools updated. Several bugs fixed. Bitrate Pro import removed (bug on Mavericks).
February 3rd 2013 (version 0.9.7):
Please put the preference file "com.houdini.VideoSpec.plist" located in ~/Library/Preferences to the trash (Alt + Go menu in Lion). New height and width calculators ("Height" and "Width" tabs in icon "Tools"). MediaInfo CLI (v0.7.60), ffprobe (git-N-47321-gdaede25) and mplayer (SVN-r35541) tools updated. Bug fixed in multiple analysis reports. Bug fixed for compatibility between DV formats and mplayer visualization. Images added in VideoSpec Help (icons). Bug fixed in audio stream analysis for some Bluray. Updated compatibility results with latest Apple hardware (iPad and AppleTV2 3-4, iPod Touch, iPod nano).
April 23rd 2012 (version 0.9.6):
Maintenance update. Bug when quitting through 'Quit VideoSpec' (Cmd+Q) fixed (Thanks to VoronoV for betatesting).
April 21st 2012 (version 0.9.5):
New Aspect Ratio calculator (Tools icon). MediaInfo CLI (v0.7.5.4), ffprobe ffprobe (git-N-38484-gf83687b) and MPlayer (SVN-r34811-4.0.1) tools updated. Possibility to further reduce analysis window and columns width for small screens. Column widths stored in preferences ("Complete" and "Expert" display views). Value in timecode calculator selection menu stored at closing. Preference to disable compatibility analysis. New formats recognized by VLC 2.0.0 updated in compatibility panel. Bug in audio bitrate for mpeg ts files with AC-3 track fixed. Line truncation bug fixed in "Expert (MediaInfo)" presentation. Recognition of Flash Video files f4v fixed. Compatibility of Apple Motion JPEG-A files fixed.
January 25th 2012 (version 0.9.4):
Please put the preference file "com.houdini.VideoSpec.plist" located in ~/Library/Preferences to the trash (Alt + Go menu in Leon). New "Expert" display view (MediaInfo CLI output). ffprobe (git-N-36822-g52889b5) and MPlayer (SVN-r34573-4.0.1) tools updated. Lines with undefined results are no more shown in multiple analysis display view.
January 2nd 6th (version 0.9.3):
Happy New Year! New icon (thanks to Velichko Karakostov). ffprobe (git-N-35305 g77af267) used instead of ffmpeg. Update MediaInfo CLI (v0.7.52). Preference for automatic updates checking. DAR and PAR managed first by MediaInfo then ffprobe. G.722, GSM, Ogg audio, 1 audio QDesign Music, Nintendo DPG formats recognized. Better management of DV in MXF container. Fixed bugs in FourCC audio for multi-audio files. Additional "Fast Start" field in General category (streaming). Tool tips in simple display view.
December 2nd 2011 (version 0.9.2):
MediaInfo CLI updated (v0.7.51). Various bugs fixed in mpeg analysis. Recognition of Playstation Portable Media container. Fields with undefined results are no more shown in full display view (single analysis). VLC can be used instead of mplayer for media previewing (VLC must be installed). Detailed profiles for DTS. Italian localization (thanks to Alex Masolin!).
November 2nd 2011 (version 0.9.1):
Bugs fixed in warning windows. Values input in timecode calculator only through the GUI. Bug fixed when opening timecode calculator through Window menu or toolbar icon.
October 24th 2011 (version 0.9.0):
Timecode Calculator/Converter. MediaInfo (v. 0.7.50), ffmpeg (v.N-32839-g9569a3c) and mplayer (SVN-r34129) tools updated. New icon thanks to Paul W. Report backup in XML format (single and complete). Sparkle used for future updates. Compatibility infos updated for Perian 1.2.2 (WebM and ffv1). Panasonic AVCCAM importer component added. Window "Tools" renamed "Compatibility". Bugs fixed for several captions in simple view and report. Various bugs fixed in simple view, additional audio parameters (thanks Peter), at startup without Internet connection (thanks Geoprof), in reports preferences storing and in the correspondence between preferences (filter) and reports. Open state of secondary windows and preferences tabs stored. Toolbar is no longer editable (bug in Snow Leopard). Spinning wheel moved in the lower right and only visible during analysis.
April 1st 2011 (version 0.8.7a):
bug fixed in BitratePro import menu.
March 29th 2011 (version 0.8.7):
Report backup in csv format (multiple analysis only).Default report setting in Preferences. Chroma subsampling parameter provided by MediaInfo. MediaInfo CLI tool updated (v0.7.43). Better management of XDCAM EX. Discrete Cosine and AVC-Intra (MCF 7) components added.
March 15th 2011 (version 0.8.6):
Independent "Tools" and "Bitrate Pro" windows to fix resizing problem on 13" screen and smaller. Bug fixed in complete display view preferences. Preference added for system of units (binary or decimal). MediaInfo (v. 0.7.41), ffmpeg (git-52b3cc6) and mplayer (SVN-r32973) tools updated. Bugs fixed in display view switching.
February 20th 2011 (version 0.8.5):
Mac Intel version only! Simplified display view added. New redesigned preferences window. MediaInfo (v. 0.7.38), ffmpeg (SVN-r25689) and mplayer (SVN-r32598) tools updated. Multimedia file size and duration provided by MediaInfo. All audio tracks displayed (full presentation). Bugs fixed in Tools menu for compatibility with Matroska files. QuickTime 7.6 modules completed and detailed (Calibrated, CineForm, AJA, Phantom Cine). Detailed response for alternative viewers. Complete review of QuickTime 7.6 compatibility and alternatives viewers. Hardware compatibility simplified based only on Apple specifications.
November 23rd 2009 (v. 0.8.2):
MediaInfo (v. 0.7.24), ffmpeg (SVN-r20440) and mplayer (SVN-r29815) tools updated. Bugs fixed for compatibility with Snow Leopard. Contextual menu added in Finder ("Open with" command). New file formats of Final Cut Pro 6 added. Detailed Ogg Vorbis formats. Report backup in html format added. Compatibility with iPod/iPhone/AppleTV devices in case of direct copy. Bugs fixed in display and data rate selection menu of Bitrate Pro.
October 13th 2009 (v. 0.8.1):
Bugs fixed in audio preferences and (Thanks Treadman!). Additional audio paramaters added for AAC and Ogg Vorbis formats
September 27th 2009 (v. 0.8.0):
Leopard-compatible version and probably Tiger (untested). Interface reorganisation (single analysis in one column, sidebar "Compatibility Tools"). MediaInfo (v. 0.7.21), ffmpeg (SVN-r18770) and mplayer (SVN-r29275) tools updated. Use of AtomicParsley to evaluate compatibility with iPod/iPhone/AppleTV. Update of Bitrate Pro (v. 1.0.3). Up to five audio tracks taking into account for single file analysis. File compatibility information with iPod/iPhone/AppleTV. Preferences taking into account in case of single analysis. Last position of main window saved. Units changed (KiB, MiB...). New ProRes codec in Final Cut Pro added. Bug fixed
April 6th 2009 (v.0.7.5):
This version is only compatible with Leopard (Mac OS 10.5). Bitrate Pro integration in VideoSpec. Apple style toolbar ;-). Better handling of window switching. "Save Report" command in File menu simplified. Update of MediaInfo CLI (v. 0.7.12). Preview bug fixed. Minimum and maximum frame rate added in case of variable frame rate.
January 18th 2009 (v.0.7.1):
New mplayer version (SVN-r28162) fixing a bug with h.264/aac mp4 from HandBrake as well as MediaInfo CLI (v. 0.7.8). "Check for Updates..." link moved from Help Menu to VideoSpec Menu. VideoSpec web site link in the "Check for Updates" window. Update of QuickTime components links. QT component installation status simplified in multiple analysis window. Preview of video files with mplayer (320 pixels width maximum). "Packed Bistream" parameter again available. Maximum and minimum video bitrates added.
November 25th 2008 (v.0.7.0):
Multiple analysis of files in a dedicated window. Update of analysis tools (MediaInfo CLI, ffmepg and mplayer). Better handling of On2 and 3GPP containers. Possible resizing of main window. Warning: printing is no more available.
Version 0.6.6 (July 29th 2008):
Update of MediaInfo CLI (v. 0.7.7.3) tool. "Copy" shortcut in "Edit" menu allowing to copy directly field infos. More precise handling of DV; HDV; DVCPRO (DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD). Handling of .mod files corrected. Additional QuickTime components handling (Calibrated MXF, 3ivx MPEG-4 5.0.2). Bugs correction in report analysis windows.
Version 0.6.5a (June 27th 2008): Specific version completely fonctional on G3 PowerPC (UB version partially fonctional on G3 because of no taking into account the absence of Altivec in analysis tools compilation).
Version 0.6.5 (June 21st 2008): New tabview "Miscellaneous" gathering subtitle(s) and metadata infos (ID3 tags). Several QuickTime components added (SheerVideo, Gluetools DPX/Cineon, YV12, Microcosm, Apple ProRes 422). Preference window added for fields printing choice. Keyboard shortcuts in the window menu. Installation status of displayed QT component. Bugs corrections in subtitles and languages in Matroska container. Display Aspect Ratio for DV et and HDV. Reference Frames indication in video additional parameters.
Version 0.6.2 (May 12th 2008):
AppleScript code rewriting. Update of analysis tools. Bugs correction in subtitles handling. DVB subtitles indication. New field additions (Video and Audio stream sizes; Audio and Video encoding libraries). Bits/(Pixel*Frame) ratio indication in video additional parameters.
Version 0.6.1 :
- Bugs correction during analysis report backup. Analysis report printing. Detailed AVID files management and addition of corresponding AVID QuickTime plugins. Detailed AVID files management and addition of corresponding AVID QuickTime plugins.
Version 0.6.0 :
- Update of analysis tools. mpgtx is no more used. Two files comparison and analysis report backup in a text file for further use. New fields added (encoding library; video and audio encoding profiles; pixel aspect ratio; video additional parameters ; audio channel(s) position). Improvement of the QuickTime plugin database.
a new compiled version of mplayer is used owing to a (big) bug on intel Mac linked to a dependency problem. Video track resolution added.
Version 0.5.6: Informations on subtitle(s) are more accurate with type (ASS/SSA, SRT, XSUB and Timed Text subtitles) and language indications. Improvement for managing .mov and mpeg containing H.264 streams. Creation date format modified (ISO format).
Version 0.5.5: Dragging and dropping files on VideoSpec icon and on the dock icon added. Help available in the help menu of the application. Results are automatically pasted in the clipboard for later use. English localization bug corrected (File size).
Version 0.5.3: Drag and drop files on the name field added. Subtitle(s) text view, audio PID and language(s) combobox added. Help tips added. Mkvinfo is replaced by MediaInfo for Matroska files.
Correction of bug in the audio tab (audio FourCC and audio format). Improvement for managing DV videos.
First Universal Binary version. Informations on audio bitrate mode (CBR or VBR) added.
Macintel version designed with AppleScript Studio. Integration of MediaInfo CLI macintel version. The FFmpeg version installed by FFmpegX was replaced by a new version recompiled from sources through Subversion (SVN-r10236).
Correction of bugs with mpeg transport stream containing several audio tracks.
Use of mkvinfo for theora video track in Matroska containers.
Corrections of localization bugs (Thank you Chase !).
Complete indications on multiple audio tracks as well as on optional subtittles in Matroska container.
Informations whether french or english subtittle is available or not for Matroska container.
First english version.
Improvement concerning indications on other usable video players(mainly MplayerX et VLC).
Just drop your A/V file on the app and it tells you everything you need to know about it. I like the fact that you may drop a number of files on the app and the window provides all details of all the files in a scrolling window. Extremely useful app. I've run it on Leopard and, now, in Snow Leopard. Just DL'd the 0.8.5 release and I expect it to be filled with just as much goodness. Thanks!
Posted February 19, 2011 by rumplestiltskin.
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