We have all been there – our favorite movies are stuck on optical discs, while we want to enjoy watching them on an iPad or any other handheld device. The good news is, there are plenty of DVD and Blu-ray ripping tools available for all major operating systems that can easily bring those movies right to your computer’s storage, but one issue that’s often encountered by people who want to rip their movies is when comparing or analyzing different versions of a ripped file for looking at information like codec, audio channel, video resolution, subtitles etc. Of course, one can easily view all this data by playing the video in a media player itself, but it’s rather redundant and quite time-wasting to open individual files just to look at such basic pieces of info. MovieScanner is Windows and Mac OS X application that assists you in analyzing such information for all your ripped media under one roof.
The purpose of this rather minimally designed app is solely to help you quickly view the aforementioned info for your video files. It can also come in handy if you want to catalog this information in one interface. The program is developed with Lazarus Pascal and relies on SQLite and FFProbe, though the developer has included the SQLite DLL file and a recompiled version of FFProbe to spare you the hassle of installing these.
After downloaded MovieScanner as a ZIP archive, you will just need to extract all its content to an easily accessible location. The application is portable, which is another plus. Its UI carries four buttons at the top: Add Movie, Add Folder, Referesh List and Empty Database.
You’re given two different options to add your movies collection into MovieScanner’s database – either add files individually, or if you have a bunch of movies in a folder, add them in one go via the Add Folder option. Once you add a movies, MovieScanner will display its aspect radio, resolution, size, format, video and audio decoders, audio channels and language, as well as available subtitle languages.
Another handy feature is that you can search for a specific title in your database via the Search field. Simply enter part of the name of your desired movie, and hit Enter to let MovieScanner find it for you.
During testing, I noticed that MovieScanner displays wrong information about a video’s total length, which is purportedly the only bug in this otherwise useful program. MovieScanner currently supports Windows and Mac. The Windows version works on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. Testing of the program was carried out on Windows 8 Pro, 64-bit.