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Sue Lawson
Determining what compression settings were used
on Jan 7, 2008 at 2:25:57 am

Am I able to determine what compression settings were used on a project that I was given on a flash drive?

I keep thinking that there should be a way of doing this...

Thanks in advance.

-- Sue


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Ben Heusner
Re: Determining what compression settings were used
on Jan 7, 2008 at 10:35:58 am

Hi Sue,

It all depends what sort of wrapper the file has. If it's a Quicktime movie, just open it up in Quicktime player then hit Apple-I (Ctrl-I on Windows) and up pops the main information.

If it's something that can't be opened in Quicktime Player, then give GSpot Codec Information Appliance a go. It handles a number of other wrappers and will tell you which codec was used and so forth. I should add that this is Windows only so far as I know.

Hope this helps,
Ben

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Sue Lawson
Re: Determining what compression settings were used
on Jan 8, 2008 at 3:40:10 am

Thanks Ben!

-- Sue


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Cindy Towsley
Re: Determining what compression settings were used
on Nov 1, 2011 at 4:49:09 pm

This is a great utility, I've been looking for something like this for a while now.

But, it's a little out of date. Does anyone know of something similar that's more current? I often receive client files (like today) where a simple edit is required, and knowing what compression was used on the original file would speed up the rendering process/take out some guesswork on my part.


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Craig Seeman
Re: Determining what compression settings were used
on Nov 1, 2011 at 5:37:45 pm

To look at bitrate over time I use Bitrate Viewer (Windows)
http://www.winhoros.de/docs/bitrate-viewer/

and for codec and other metadata details I use Media Info (cross platform).
http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en



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