* Establishes what codecs (audio and video) are required to play an media file.
* Determines whether these codecs are installed on your system.
* Isolates problems associated with these codecs.
* Isolates problems associated with media files
* Shows framerate, duration, aspect ratio, bitrates, "hidden" info, and more.
* Drag and Drop and "Send To" support, multi-file (batch) processing support
* Copy/Paste or text export GSpot information - format is user configurable.
* Advanced UI including "dual-mode" and hyperlinked "persistent" tool tips
* Supports VFW, ACM, DirectShow and DMO codec types (audio and video)
* Processes MPEG1/2/4, DV1/2, MP4, MP3, H263, H264, FLV, AAC, AC3, DTS & more.
* AVI: Identifies 719 Video and 245 Audio compression formats.
* Basic ID of over 60 other file formats not mentioned above.
* Extended MP4 support including ftyp identification
* Added MOV and WMV support
* Codec "Property Sheet" support
How to use GSpot (Installation Guide)
1) Download the latest GSpot zip file, and extract the four files inside of it. If you don't know what a "zip file" is, ask a friend.
2) There is no "install". Simply double click on "gspot.exe" (one of the four extracted files) to run GSpot
3) Use the "File > Open" menu item (or just drag and drop) the unplayable file so that GSpot will be able to examine it.
4) If you see a message like the one at the right, you need to install a "codec" so that Windows Media Player can understand the file and play it. Codec downloads are not available at this site, but a simple Google search (e.g. "mjpg codec" or "Motion JPEG codec" for the example at right) should do the trick.
5) Download the appropriate codec and run its "install" or otherwise follow the instructions provided.
6) This will "upgrade" your system so that Windows Media Player (and/or other players you may have) will now play the file correctly.