[FFmpeg-user] FFprobe vs FFmpeg

William C Bonner wimbonner at gmail.com
Wed Sep 18 22:52:48 CEST 2013

I've got a server application that I wrote that spawns FFMPEG to stream
video files to my TiVo. I originally wrote it linked with the libraries to
also be able to read stream details and metadata from the video files
before transferring them, but I've changed so that I'm now spawning FFPROBE
and generating XML output that I parse to get the details I wanted. (I did
this to simplify my program maintenance, not having to deal with DLLS)

Is the functionality of FFPROBE included in FFMPEG, just with a simpler

I'm using a command line of "ffprobe.exe  -show_streams -show_format
-print_format xml  INPUT" and capturing and parsing standard output.

Thanks. Wim.

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