Get video information with ffmpeg

avconv -i vid.avi
Works on *.mp4 as well.
Sample Output
avconv version 11.2-6:11.2-1, Copyright (c) 2000-2014 the Libav developers
  built on Jan 18 2015 05:12:33 with gcc 4.9.2 (Ubuntu 4.9.2-10ubuntu2)
Guessed Channel Layout for  Input Stream #0.1 : stereo
Input #0, avi, from '1.avi':
  Duration: 00:44:43.00, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 1744 kb/s
    Stream #0.0: Video: mpeg4 (Advanced Simple Profile), yuv420p, 672x384 [PAR 1:1 DAR 7:4], 25 fps, 25 tbn, 25 tbc
    Stream #0.1: Audio: mp3, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, s16p, 127 kb/s
At least one output file must be specified

By: lowrez
2015-10-16 22:49:52

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