There are two tools that I have on every computer that will run them; MediaInfo on all my Mac and Windows workstations, and Bitrate Viewer, which is Windows only and is installed on every Windows computer that I own. The first provides information about my files like data rate, resolution, codec, bits per pixel and encoding details like Profile and Level for H.264. The second shows a frame graph of the video file so I can diagnose problems like mid-stream interruptions.

In this video tutorial, you’ll learn why you need these programs and where to get them.