Get detailed information on media files right in file/properties with MediaTab


Ever wish you could quickly look up a media file’s detailed information, such as bitrate, video codec, audio codec, aspect ratio, duration, audio tag info, or anything else you might imagine?

You might already know that MediaInfo gives you detailed information about your media files.

But what you may not know about is MediaTab, a Windows explorer extension that inserts MediaInfo data into a new file/properties tab.

How it works: right click a media file (video or audio files) then select properties from the context menu.

Next, select “Media Tab” and press the “Analyze” button. Your file’s information should populate almost instantly.

Tree or tree: Media Tab offers two possible views; “Text”  and “Tree” (the latter shown in the screenshot above).

Export data: easily to text or HTML, and/or copy to the clipboard.

The verdict: a nice little Windows tweak, whether you need to access your media files’ detailed information frequently or occasionally,  you will like this one. (If it never occurred to you to look into your media files or still don’t know what this is for, I’d skip it.)

Version tested: 1.1.9

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7; 32bit and 64bit supported

The program page no longer exists, but you can download ver. 1.1.9 of the program here.

  • jim

    cool tweak. thx

  • Tree or tree? Fix that small “bug” 😉

    Btw, I would prefer something like that (I have no idea what program is this!):

    Easy to read all important info… Anyone knows what is this? 🙂

  • Mushaf

    Sounds good but requires too many clicks (right click > properties > media tab > analyze). I prefer just right clicking a file and click onto something which will show the media info right away. This exact feature comes along as a tool named “Mediainfo” with K-Lite Codec Pack. Can be used individually too [].

  • @ Mushaf: I also use MediaInfo Lite 🙂

  • chris

    I unexpectedly likes this little tool. Thanks.

  • boony

    Looks nifty, but I agree with Mushaf. Why go through that many clicks when you can just use MediaInfo or MediaInfo Lite. As noted in Samer’s review of MediaInfo, you can enable the Explorer extension and just right click any media file and choose “Media Info” for a pop up window with all the media file’s info.

    Samer’s review:

    I’ve read a few complaints that MediaInfo Lite isn’t always updated as quickly as the original MediaInfo, and that there are less viewing options (tree, basic, text, etc). The upside is that it does not use Open Candy, if you consider that spyware.

    If you have an aversion to Open Candy (bundled with the original MediaInfo’s installer), you can download the standard version without an installer and no Open Candy.

    To get the version without the installer (for Windows) go to Media Info’s homepage, click the “We use OpenCandy” link.
    On the next page, click the “package without installer” link near the bottom of the page.
    On the final page click “(without installer)” next to the version number, currently “v0.7.47”.

    MediaInfo’s homepage: