When trying to obtain file information about media files such as videos and audio tracks, users go to the file’s properties by using the right-click menu in Ubuntu. However, to obtain advanced file information about a file, (such as perhaps the file format, codec information, meta tag data, the bit rate, record date, writing library, sampling rate, etc), one needs third-party applications. QMediaInfo is a QT 4 based application for Windows and Ubuntu Linux, which parses media files. It delivers information about more than 40 different media file attributes, inclosing anything from the files’ track name, genre, duration, codec, file format and more.
QMediaInfo can be installed in Ubuntu by entering the following commands in the Terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:razrfalcon/qmediainfo sudo apt-add-repository ppa:shiki/mediainfo sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install qmediainfo
Once this application is installed, you can open any file to obtain in-depth information about it, via right-click menu.
If QMediaInfo does not appear within the Ubuntu right-click context menu, select Open With Other Application, followed by QMediaInfo from the list of your installed applications.
By default, QMediaInfo displays only a handful of all attributes of a selected media file. To add or remove attributes, or to view them in QMediaInfo, click the cog icon. Once done, select attributes to view for selected files. The available options include, album and track name, track position, media file size, codec, folder name, the writing library, count, kind of stream, performer, recorded date, format version, duration, format profile, bit rate, bit rate mode, channel(s), comment, codec profile, and more. The full mode can also be enabled, along with word wrap, for plain text view.
Once all settings have been configured, the selected file attributes will be available from the main window of QMediaInfo, i.e. the question mark icon tab.
QMediaInfo has versions for:
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Source Package for compiling on other Linux distributions