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1\input texinfo @c -*- texinfo -*-
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3@settitle FFprobe Documentation
4@titlepage
5@sp 7
6@center @titlefont{FFprobe Documentation}
7@sp 3
8@end titlepage
9
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10@chapter Synopsis
11
12The generic syntax is:
13
14@example
15@c man begin SYNOPSIS
16ffprobe [options] [@file{input_file}]
17@c man end
18@end example
19
016ea628 20@chapter Description
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21@c man begin DESCRIPTION
22
23FFprobe gathers information from multimedia streams and prints it in
24human- and machine-readable fashion.
25
26For example it can be used to check the format of the container used
27by a multimedia stream and the format and type of each media stream
28contained in it.
29
30If a filename is specified in input, ffprobe will try to open and
31probe the file content. If the file cannot be opened or recognized as
32a multimedia file, a positive exit code is returned.
33
34FFprobe may be employed both as a standalone application or in
35combination with a textual filter, which may perform more
36sophisticated processing, e.g. statistical processing or plotting.
37
38Options are used to list some of the formats supported by ffprobe or
39for specifying which information to display, and for setting how
40ffprobe will show it.
41
42FFprobe output is designed to be easily parsable by a textual filter,
43and consists of one or more sections of the form:
44@example
45[SECTION]
46key1=val1
47...
48keyN=valN
49[/SECTION]
50@end example
51
52Metadata tags stored in the container or in the streams are recognized
53and printed in the corresponding ``FORMAT'' or ``STREAM'' section, and
54are prefixed by the string ``TAG:''.
55
56@c man end
57
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59@c man begin OPTIONS
60
61@include fftools-common-opts.texi
62
63@section Main options
64
65@table @option
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67@item -convert_tags
68Convert the tag names in the format container to the generic FFmpeg tag names.
69
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70@item -f @var{format}
71Force format to use.
72
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73@item -unit
74Show the unit of the displayed values.
75
76@item -prefix
77Show a SI prefixes of the displayed values.
78Unless ``-byte_binary_prefix'' option is used all the prefix
79are decimal.
80
81@item -byte_binary_prefix
82Force the use of binary prefixes for byte values.
83
84@item -sexagesimal
85Use sexagesimal format HH:MM:SS.MICROSECONDS for time values.
86
87@item -pretty
88Prettify the format of the displayed values, it corresponds to the
89options ``-unit -prefix -byte_binary_prefix -sexagesimal''.
90
91@item -show_format
92Show information about the container format of the input multimedia
93stream.
94
95All the container format information is printed within a section with
96name ``FORMAT''.
97
98@item -show_streams
99Show information about each media stream contained in the input
100multimedia stream.
101
102Each media stream information is printed within a dedicated section
103with name ``STREAM''.
104
105@end table
106@c man end
107
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108@include indevs.texi
109
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110@ignore
111
112@setfilename ffprobe
113@settitle FFprobe media prober
114
115@c man begin SEEALSO
b26247ed 116ffmpeg(1), ffplay(1), ffserver(1) and the FFmpeg HTML documentation
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117@c man end
118
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119@c man begin AUTHORS
120The FFmpeg developers
121@c man end
122
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123@end ignore
124
125@bye