How to determine which codec a video is encoded in

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Mon Jul 5 19:20:10 UTC 2010

On 5 July 2010 16:49, andrew clarke <mail at> wrote:
> On Mon 2010-07-05 12:27:17 UTC+0300, Dotan Cohen (dotancohen at wrote:
>> I have some video files that I need to know what codec is used to
>> decode them. I know that the Windows software G-spot will help, is
>> there anything for Linux / Ubuntu? I have googled and found nothing,
>> and the ffmpeg manpage does not give any information on the topic. I
>> even tried "strings" on the files but that yielded nothing useful!
> MediaInfo.  There is a command-line and GUI version.
> It is not currently in the Ubuntu repos, but you can install it from
> the MediaInfo PPA:
> sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shiki/mediainfo
> sudo apt-get update
> sudo apt-get install mediainfo

Thanks,  Andrew, I will give that app a try.

How did you come across that app? Google? On what keywords, my
Google-foo is getting weak I see.

Dotan Cohen

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