About the Analyze Movie Command

The Analyze Movie command is an extremely useful tool. With it, you can:

Using the Analyze Movie Command

The Analyze Movie command displays track and media properties of a QuickTime media file in a Movie Analysis window. For details, see Information Reported by the Analyze Movie Command. The contents of this window can’t be printed from Final Cut Pro, but you can copy and paste the contents into any text-based application, such as a word processor or SimpleText.

To analyze any QuickTime media file on your hard disk
  1. Choose Tools > Analyze Movie > File.

  2. Choose a QuickTime file on your disk that you want to analyze, then click Choose.

    Figure. Choose a File dialog.
To analyze a clip’s media file in your project
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Select one or more video or audio clips in the Browser.

    • Open a video clip in the Viewer.

  2. Choose Tools > Analyze Movie > Clip.

    A Movie Analysis window appears, showing video, audio, and timecode track information.

    If more than one clip is selected, multiple Movie Analysis windows are opened, one for each clip.

Information Reported by the Analyze Movie Command

The Analyze Movie command provides the following information.

Figure. Movie Analysis window showing file information, video track information, audio track information, and timecode track information.
Information for All QuickTime Files
  • Filename: The name of your QuickTime file on disk.
  • Duration: The total duration of the file.
  • Average Data Rate: The average data rate of all tracks in the file.
Information for Files with a Video Track
  • Track Number and Size: The track number of the video track (although uncommon, it is possible for a QuickTime file to have more than one video track) and its size.
  • Duration: The duration of the video track.
  • Frame Size: The frame size of the video track.
  • Color Depth: The color depth of the video track.
  • Codec: The compression codec used by the video track.
  • Frame Rate: The frame rate of the video track.
  • Average Data Rate: The average data rate of the video track alone.
Information for Files with an Audio Track
  • Track Number and Size: The track number of the audio track (multichannel QuickTime files may have more than one audio track) and its size on disk.
  • Duration: The duration of the audio track.
  • Average Data Rate: The average data rate of the audio track alone.
  • Format: The bit rate of the audio track and whether it’s stereo or mono.
  • Sample: The sampling rate of the audio track in kilohertz (kHz).
Information for Files with a Timecode Track
  • Track Name: The track name of the timecode track. (Some QuickTime files may have more than one timecode track.)
  • Timecode: The starting timecode value for this clip.
  • Reel: The reel name for this clip.