New projects, the future of MediaInfo Mac and some other rants.

As you maybe noticed, i have announced some days ago about the discontinuation of MediaInfo Mac. The reasons behind this are a lot, being the most promiment one that the codebase is really dirty due to the fact that I was totally new to the Mac platform when i started writing the application, and due to a lot of “workarounds” that I have to do in order to keep compatibility with Mac OS X 10.4 aka “Tiger”.

MediaInfo Mac has been a really succesful app in terms of user adoption, at least based on those users who accept to send anonymous statistical data to my server (which are the minority), i can tell that there are around 50.000 users.

In any case, MediaInfo Mac is being rewritten from scratch under a different name, and I will be publishing a public beta really soon (click here for an early screenshot). The main differences when compared to the actual version are the possibility to compare and load several media files at the same time, possibility to print / share movie file reports, including stills every X seconds, complete archival grade report generation for the most popular high end formats and the possibility to automatically format and upload movie reports to the most popular pastebin services (I had a lot of request for this last feature).

There are going to be 2 versions of the new MediaInfo iteration: a freeware one which will have exactly the same features that MediaInfo Mac actually have, plus multiple file load and comparison and the new UI.
In parallel, I will be releasing a commercial version of MediaInfo Mac for that people or companies interested in the enhanced reporting and archival sheet capabilities (usually TV channels, video production studios, etc).

If you are interested in beta-testing the new MediaInfo Mac, feel free to leave a comment here or contact me directly at: diego (at sign here) massanti.com.

So in other words, MediaInfo Mac, is not dead, it is just changing shapes.


9 Responses to “New projects, the future of MediaInfo Mac and some other rants.”

  1. Hi, I use your HE-AAC encoder quite often and would like to know if you would be interested in developing an encoding app on Mac… I’m looking for a developer who would be familiar with encoding (H264 + HE-AAC v1 + ffmpeg)

    Please email me.

    Sylvain

    by Sylvain, August 19th, 2009 at 4:17 pm


  2. I would enjoy beta testing your new MediaInfo Mac! I can’t wait to see the final product.

    by Eli, August 31st, 2009 at 2:35 am


  3. I’d love to help beta test the new product. It’s invaluable to me and the multi-file view will be a greta addition.

    by Adrian, September 3rd, 2009 at 12:18 pm


  4. @everybody: due to popular demand i have released a “bugfix” version for MediaInfo Mac that fixes the Snow Leopard issues.
    You can get it here: http://mediainfo.massanti.com/releases/mediainfo_mac_0.7.17.4.dmg

    Cheers!

    by Diego Massanti, September 4th, 2009 at 2:50 pm


  5. I’d also be happy to beta test it. I’m both a heavy user—I’d certainly put it through its paces—& a (closet) developer, so I can be pretty helpful.

    by Spats, September 6th, 2009 at 8:25 pm


  6. Thanks very much Diego. Very much appreciated.

    Adrian

    by Adrian, September 7th, 2009 at 5:46 am


  7. I know I’m late to the party but I would love to help beta test – I do a lot of work with various kinds of video files and your tool is invaluable.

    by Aktariel, October 26th, 2009 at 11:43 am


  8. Hi – I’d like to help with beta-testing MediaInfo Mac’s replacement please?!

    by Martin Mayer, January 23rd, 2010 at 8:40 am


  9. Hello Diego,

    After trying several email addresses for you without success, I just discovered your blog page here.

    I am very interested in the new version of MediaInfo Mac which will allow me to display two or more information windows at the same time. Being able to compare the data for two video files will be great!

    Do you know how soon you might be releasing the new version? I am currently using 0.7.17.6.

    Thanks a lot!

    by Jeff S., April 3rd, 2010 at 3:02 pm