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Old 15th September 2019, 09:50   #1  |  Link
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MediaInfo.NET - modern MediaInfo GUI

I provide support here for:

https://github.com/stax76/MediaInfo.NET

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Thanks, I check it out.
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Looks nice. I didn't know mediainfo had an advenced mode, now I do
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I didn't know mediainfo had an advenced mode
It doesn't. I assume that by "advanced" he means the "Complete" option that can be passed to the Mediainfo API interface which will extract all available info from a media file.
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In staxrip there is a context menu where you can toogle user/developer view, I don't know how it's named and used in the original GUI.

Raw view shows what property name you pass to the API and what value you will get for this property, it looks like this:

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General

CompleteName             : D:\Samples\Big Buck Bunny.mkv
Format/String            : Matroska
Format_Version           : Version 4
FileSize/String          : 1.56 GiB
Duration/String          : 10 min 34 s
OverallBitRate/String    : 21.2 Mb/s
Encoded_Application/String: Lavf58.20.100
Encoded_Library/String   : Lavf58.20.100
ErrorDetectionType       : Per level 1

Video

ID/String                : 1
Format/String            : VP9
CodecID                  : V_VP9
Duration/String          : 10 min 34 s
Width/String             : 3 840 pixels
Height/String            : 2 160 pixels
DisplayAspectRatio/String: 16:9
FrameRate_Mode/String    : Constant
FrameRate/String         : 60.000 FPS
ColorSpace               : YUV
Language/String          : English
Default/String           : Yes
Forced/String            : No
colour_range             : Limited
colour_primaries         : BT.709
transfer_characteristics : BT.709
matrix_coefficients      : BT.709

Audio

ID/String                : 2
Format/String            : AAC LC
Format/Info              : Advanced Audio Codec Low Complexity
CodecID                  : A_AAC-2
Duration/String          : 10 min 34 s
Channel(s)/String        : 6 channels
ChannelLayout            : C L R Ls Rs LFE
SamplingRate/String      : 48.0 kHz
FrameRate/String         : 46.875 FPS (1024 SPF)
Compression_Mode/String  : Lossy
Title                    : ISO Media file produced by Google Inc. Created on: 12/12/2018.
Default/String           : Yes
Forced/String            : No
The normal view looks different:

Code:
General

Complete name            : D:\Samples\Big Buck Bunny.mkv
Format                   : Matroska
Format version           : Version 4
File size                : 1.56 GiB (1601 MB)
Duration                 : 10 min 34 s
Overall bit rate         : 21.2 Mb/s
Writing application      : Lavf58.20.100
Writing library          : Lavf58.20.100
ErrorDetectionType       : Per level 1

Video

ID                       : 1
Format                   : VP9
Codec ID                 : V_VP9
Duration                 : 10 min 34 s
Width                    : 3 840 pixels
Height                   : 2 160 pixels
Display aspect ratio     : 16:9
Frame rate mode          : Constant
Frame rate               : 60.000 FPS
Color space              : YUV
Language                 : English
Default                  : Yes
Forced                   : No
Color range              : Limited
Color primaries          : BT.709
Transfer characteristics : BT.709
Matrix coefficients      : BT.709

Audio

ID                       : 2
Format                   : AAC LC
Format/Info              : Advanced Audio Codec Low Complexity
Codec ID                 : A_AAC-2
Duration                 : 10 min 34 s
Channel(s)               : 6 channels
Channel layout           : C L R Ls Rs LFE
Sampling rate            : 48.0 kHz
Frame rate               : 46.875 FPS (1024 SPF)
Compression mode         : Lossy
Title                    : ISO Media file produced by Google Inc. Created on: 12/12/2018.
Default                  : Yes
Forced                   : No

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2.0 is out, features:

- High DPI support
- A search/filter feature
- A tab bar showing each track in a dedicated tab
- Move to the next and previous file of the folder
- Raw view to show parameters as used in the MediaInfo API

Does also Install/Uninstall.

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nice....
I think im using it instead of mediainfo now..

Is it possible to make a dark theme? Or maybe possible to let the user decide wich background/font color they want...
I cant stand the White Background, since im using mediainfo quite often, it hurts my eyes when using it longer...

Besides that, i love it.. Its more clean, a bit more Modern. I approve

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It's probably not easy, instead of trying to theme WinForms like MusicBee does it might be more sane redoing it completely in WPF, I would probably need 2-3 days to get it as polished as it is now.

I'm not that much a dark theme user myself. I use dark theme only in VS code because it's the default, I've not even enabled it in mpv.net even though it's perfectly capable. Probably I should try the dark theme in Visual Studio as I spent much time using it.

If people request it I might do it but if the project gets little feedback and few stars then I might just be wasting my time. Feedback and stars are a motivation for me, there is much feedback for staxrip because video encoding is an extremely complex task and people always wonder how things can be done, and there are the bugs of course, Revan and me don't see many stars these days but it's OK especially because many people express much love for staxrip, I've seen many awesome appreciation posts and mails, I also got many donations in the pre streaming era.

mpv.net on the other side gets its amount of stars, when I'm working on new features and improvements it gets 5-10 stars per week, it tells me that I'm doing something useful and that I'm not alone being a passionate mpv user. Feedback was very sad in the beginning but now it's perfect, thank you for supporting it in the beginning and to everybody who supports it.

Stars, likes and popularity in general don't tell the full truth though, there are many brilliant people and heroes not many people seem to recognize. Some of my past and present heroes like D.I.T.C., B-Boy Physicx or Meg Myers are not well known. Some of my favorite music has less than 100 likes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzTH...7&index=5&t=0s

Sounds 6,486,027,521 times better than Luis Fonsi to me, I don't understand Spanish, GANGNAM STYLE is OK though...

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I'm not that much a dark theme user myself. I use dark theme only in VS code because it's the default, I've not even enabled it in mpv.net even though it's perfectly capable. Probably I should try the dark theme in Visual Studio as I spent much time using it.
Wouldn't simply changing the background color be enough in this case? (+ adding darktheme item to context menu)
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Wouldn't simply changing the background color be enough in this case? (+ adding darktheme item to context menu)
There are some details like the 'Search' hint done with an API call or the Clear button, in the end you would probably end up with much custom drawing which is rather unpleasant to do and replacing controls.

WPF had it's issues in the beginning, that's why I didn't use it early but now it's really that much better than WinForms, it's like comparing cmd with powershell, massive improvement. I should have used it earlier and I bet the musicbee author regrets it as well.

In staxrip most dialogs are code generated just to avoid dealing with WinForms, yesterday I was thinking how am I going to let users edit settings and had all kind of crazy ideas until I settled for an approach, something I maybe have learned from mpv and also use in Open with++ (INI conf thing). I already had the WinForms designer open and then realized I can't do this anymore (High DPI is such an amazing pain in the ass with WinForms), ironic thing is Microsoft has currently one of it's best engineers (that guy from the roslyn team) working to port the WinForm designer to .NET Core, I don't know why they are doing this.

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I wish it would be easier to use HTML, Microsoft is not helping much with that and Electron is too heavy for small tools, maybe there are ways I did not figure out yet.

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Thanks for the positive feedback btw.

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I already had the WinForms designer open and then realized I can't do this anymore (High DPI is such an amazing pain in the ass with WinForms), ironic thing is Microsoft has currently one of it's best engineers (that guy from the roslyn team) working to port the WinForm designer to .NET Core, I don't know why they are doing this.

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I wish it would be easier to use HTML, Microsoft is not helping much with that and Electron is too heavy for small tools, maybe there are ways I did not figure out yet.
Yeah I have the feeling .net core will be unnecessary complex (and fat) under the hood, I mean look at the ported apis count https://github.com/dotnet/announcements/issues/130

I only see QT5+QML or the new thing by google "Flutter" as an alternative to electron. Flutter focuses on mobile, but they saw that it also works for desktop and even web. Scroll down for pics https://medium.com/flutter-community...n-ebeb1604f1e0

And there is also https://github.com/chromelyapps/Chromely for cross plattform .net+html apps.
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Yeah I have the feeling .net core will be unnecessary complex (and fat) under the hood, I mean look at the ported apis count https://github.com/dotnet/announcements/issues/130
So far I know only the basics of .NET Core, usually I watch Microsoft's videos when they release new stuff. Wrote a small tool called ShellNew and ported some of my private tools. For something serious like porting mpv.net I think it's better to wait until it becomes part of the OS or tree shaking is available, I don't like having larger binaries than necessary and I don't want to tell users that they have to install the runtime, I remember how that went when staxrip was first released 2002.

QT is notoriously difficult to install and setup I think, gave up two times and would probably need days. If I really wanted to do something portable it would be definitely under consideration, but there are numerous options.

About Flutter I don't know, does the world really need another language (works only with Dart I think), does this language bring something new to the table (some question for go) and will it be a successful language. It would also mean using a new IDE and editor since Google prefers Intelli and I really love my VS/VS Code.

I'm not sure I read about Chromely before, I've bookmarked it now.

GUIs are fine but at the moment I really like to play with PowerShell and the new Windows Terminal.
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Dart is very close to c#. Flutter and VS Code are best friends, most people prefer it this way.
And there is another option for small apps: powershell GUI! Idk if it's a good or a bad thing to do. There is also a gui editor for it: poshgui

p.s. ShellNew is nice. Just remove some useless entries.
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Good VS code support makes it more interesting for me. Web based GUI designer for PowerShell and WinForms looks like a fun project, why not.
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Just a little spanner in the works,
For a language (I got it, aint yet tried it) that is Open Source, Delphi/Pascal compatible, full RAD (Rapid Application Development), and cross platform (write once, compile anywhere),
Lazarus (IDE, Includes Free Pascal) could well be worth spending a little time on (looks well impressive).

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Lazarus is a free cross-platform visual integrated development environment (IDE) for rapid application development (RAD) using the Free Pascal compiler.

Software developers use Lazarus to create native-code console and graphical user interface (GUI) applications for the desktop, and also for mobile devices,
web applications, web services, visual components and function libraries for a number of different platforms, including Mac, Linux and Windows.

An application created using Lazarus on one platform can generally compile and execute on any platform for which a Free Pascal compiler exists.
For desktop applications a single source can target Mac, Linux, and Windows, with little or no modification.
An example is the Lazarus IDE itself, created from a single code base and available on all major platforms including the Raspberry Pi.
WikiPedia:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazarus_(IDE)

Home Page:- https://www.lazarus-ide.org/

Google:- https://www.google.com/search?client...4dUDCAo&uact=5

It is (IMHI) only a matter of time before M$ gets flushed down the pan [or at least Windows], having a cross platform option aint such a bad idea,
and Python looks also to be a worthwhile way to invest ones time. (even M$ seems to be investing time in other OS's [the writing is on the wall]).

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But isn't Delphi/Lazarus basically like WinForms? Custom Controls and styling is much more work?
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I think it's better to look for a GUI toolkit that is xml/json based with hardware acceleration and device independent pixels, that's what all modern toolkits have in common, it's much easier to do layout, high dpi, dark theme and advanced/custom controls. MediaMonkey was using Delphi, and then they gave up in favor of HTML, I complained ten years with dozens of posts in their forum about their shitty high dpi support, finally had to migrate to MusicBee which is also WinForms based and has many high dpi issues but at least the main window has properly working skins.

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Thanks Stax, Downloading MusicBee 3.3.7165, Released on August 15, 2019, For Win7/ Win8/ Win10.
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If you are new to this kind of player you can also try MediaMonkey 5 (HTML based) and Dopamine (WPF based but no extensions).
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Yeh, I got MediaMonkey a couple of weeks ago (the old ver$ I had was from about 200x),
I like current one best, out of about 10 I downloaded at the same time.
(I still kinda like QMP [Quintessential Music Player, old no longer developed], but its a bit buggy under W7+), still nothing
to touch Music Match Jukebox from long ago(about v7.0, before they messed it up).
Not tried MusicBee yet.
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