Mac users have files, right? Of course. Everything we do on a Mac involves files of some kind or another. Apps, documents, PDFs, email and attachments, music, movies, photos. All files are not created equal.
Open Finder and select a file. Any file. Then hit the keyboard combo Command-I (or select Get Info from the Finder’s File menu; same thing). What you get are a few tidbits about the selected file; usually more than you need to know. The exceptions to Get Info’s info are media files. For that you need Scoop!
If a bargain priced application that you can use to gather information that Apple doesn’t easily make available is a good thing, then free is better. Scoop! is free. Here’s what you get for free.
Drag a media file onto the little Scoop! window and what do you get? About everything there is to know about a specific media file.
Media file as in video and audio.
MPEG1-VIDEO, MPEG2-VIDEO, H263, H264/AVC, H265/HEVC, MPEG4, DNxHD, DNxHR, MP2, MP3, AAC, AC3, DTS, Vorbis, PCM, ALAC, FLAC and many more
Media file as in photos.
MPEG4, MOV, MKV, AVI, QuickTime, WMV, FLV, MXF, GXF, MPEG-TS, MPEG-PS, AVCHD,VOB, ASF, AVS and many more.
Yeah, the list of details about each file can be rather lengthy thanks to each file’s metadata, but more is better.
Drag, drop, read file details until the cows come home.
Scoop! isn’t a one trick pony, either. You can open as many Scoop! file windows as you want (within the constraints of your Mac’s memory, screen size, and ability to filter through screen clutter to figure out what’s what).
What’s nice here is the ability to slide windows together to compare files, then print or export the information for later viewing or sharing.
Got media files and need to know more about all the metadata contained inside? Drag, drop, read. That’s the Scoop! Free.