Get video information with ffmpeg

ffmpeg -i filename.flv
I used an flv in my example, but it'll work on any file ffmpeg supports. It says it wants an output file, but it tells what you want to know without one.
Sample Output
Input #0, flv, from 'mi-cc-03-bed_and_breakfast.flv':
  Duration: 00:00:18.7, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 64 kb/s
  Stream #0.0: Video: flv, yuv420p, 480x360, 29.92 fps(r)
  Stream #0.1: Audio: mp3, 44100 Hz, stereo, 64 kb/s
Must supply at least one output file

2009-05-18 22:57:46

7 Alternatives + Submit Alt

  • ffprobe is specially intended to get video information Show Sample Output

    ffprobe video.flv
    clusterdoc · 2012-01-02 19:56:20 0
  • MediaInfo supplies technical and tag information about a video or audio file. (sudo apt install mediainfo)

    mediainfo (
    bhishma · 2016-12-31 17:59:31 0

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    exiftool video.wmv
    dimwit_flathead · 2015-07-05 07:14:04 0
  • Works on *.mp4 as well. Show Sample Output

    avconv -i vid.avi
    lowrez · 2015-10-16 22:49:52 0
  • ffprobe doesn't throw an error and was actually made to do exactly that. Usually ffprobe is located in the same folder as ffmpeg.

    ffprobe -i filename.flv
    Yamy · 2016-10-15 20:26:34 0

What Others Think

obviously shorter than mplayer -ao dummy -vo dummy -identify filename.flv
bubo · 625 weeks and 2 days ago
mediainfo video.vlv
FranWilder · 449 weeks and 3 days ago
I like the mediainfo command FranWilder submitted better than the one I did.
topher1kenobe · 424 weeks and 5 days ago
exiftool video.mp4
dimwit_flathead · 305 weeks and 5 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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