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MovieScanner2 – Get an overview of Video File Details

MovieScanner2 – Get an overview of Video File Details

MovieScanner2, the successor of MovieScanner, is a small utility which analyzes your video file and stored the detected streams in a database.
The detected streams include all embedded video streams, audio streams, subtitle streams, and most common external subtitle files.

For each file details are being collected with ffProbe (from the ffMPEG project), like for example resolution, 3D, HDR, codec types, audio channels and layout, audio and subtitle languages, etc.

MovieScanner2 is completely free, and available for Windows, Linux (GTK and QT5) and MacOS X.

Quick intro to MovieScanner2

As with the original MovieScanner (released originally in 2013), this project is one of my experiments to build cross platform applications with Lazarus Pascal.
The application was developed on a Mac and the compiled under Windows and Linux to have it available under the most common platforms, and this work surprisingly well.

The purpose of MovieScanner2 is to basically keep track of your video files and the specifications of each video file, allowing you to sort by resolution, filter by language, etc.

Please be aware though that this tool only looks at the media aspects, and it not a replacement for tools that manage your movie library. There are other tools for this.


This application was developed with Lazarus Pascal, and depends on the following applications:


FFProbe is one of the very handy and powerful command-line tools by the FFMpeg organization. The included version of FFProbe is an unmodified, pre-compiled version.

Credit to the magnificent developers there for some very cool tools.


SQLite is a software library that implements a self-contained, server-less, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine. SQLite is the most widely deployed SQL database engine in the world. The source code for SQLite is in the public domain.

macOS X already comes with SQLite onboard, and the Windows version includes an unmodified DLL downloaded from the SQLite homepage.
Linux users will need to manually install SQLite3 on their system (which is typically already the case).

Respect to the developers of the SQLite team for such a great and powerful database engine …

Getting started with MovieScanner2

Getting started with MovieScanner2 is pretty straight forward, depending on the Operating System you’re running.

If you like MovieScanner2 … 

If you like MovieScanner, then please consider sending me a cup of coffee … (see on the left here, or in the “About” in MovieScanner2)
And don’t forget to vote for MovieScanner at

Version Info

  • Minor cosmetic bug fix in the about window (mostly for Linux)
  • Clean Database option (manual for the entire database, or optional when updating file/directory/all).
    Removes files from the database that no longer exist.
  • Fixed rounding bug for displaying filesize.
  • Added the option to disable warning message when emptying the database.
  • For Windows: minor bug fix added for situations where there was a SetFocus error on startup.
  • Bug fix for macOS only: fixes an SQLite error for older macOS (Mojave) versions.
  • Reduced minimum window size to accommodate smaller screens (or zoomed screens)
  • Added “About” to the popup window
  • Bug fix for Windows only – illegal floating point operation in very rare cases
  • Cosmetic fix for Windows 7 only – trying to prevent text overlap
  • Added new Rescan options (this used to be only one file at a time), which should make it easier to rescan you library.
    The options are:
    – Rescan All files in the database
    – Rescan All files in the directory of the selected file 1
    – Rescan All files in the parent directory of the directory of the selected file 2
    – Rescan All files in the directories of All the files in de database 1
    – Rescan All files in the parent directory of the directories of All the files in de database 2

1 – Where a directory can hold multiple videos/movies
2 – Where each video/movie has it’s own directory (typical for media-center like applications)

  • Updated:
    – Better notifications (Windows support for Toast notifications, etc)
    – More efficient update/rescan
    – MacOS: dialogs are now modal sheet dialogs (in Big Sur this will show as a modal dialog)
    – Cleaned up filter section (better sizing, slightly smaller than before)
    – Removed About button (can be found in the menu anyway)
  • Bug fixes:
    – sometimes and illegal filter would be constructed when a field remained empty – this has been fixed.
v2.0.4 build 15
  • Added:
    – detection of embedded pictures (allows filtering + list, reports and export)
    – Chapter detection (only if more than 1 chapter was found, allows filtering + list, reports and export)
    – File size display options to the main menu (Bytes, KB, MB, GB, precision 0, 1, or 2 digits)
    – Database version check on start up. If not the correct version, a new empty database will be created, optionally the original database can be renamed to a .BAK file
    – Aspect Ratio hint window now shows Traditional/Widescreen/etc
    – Export list of filenames (just the filename, or the full path) to text file
    – Display list/report/export audio and subtitle streams in original order OR in sorted order (audio: quality, language – subs: location, language)
    – Rescan option for a single file (right click in the list)
    – ffProbe output to clipboard for debugging (right click in the list)
    – Auto Apply filter – list changes right away when changing the filter. Useful for smaller lists. Not recommended for large lists
  • Bug fixes:
    – Fixed audio filter (“Up to” failed)
    – Display resolution (p-value, HD name) didn’t load properly at startup
    – Filtering language didn’t always work correctly (when no subtitles were available)
    – Optimized grid rebuilding (would rebuild grid twice when changing database)
    – Export data and short report, would width x width instead of width x height
    – On rare occasions Windows would report an invalid last modified date, catching that now.
  • Improvements:
    – Aspect Ratio calculation, to better match common aspect ratios
    – language filtering naming (less confusing)
    – Export text file prepopulates file name <databasename>.txt
    – Embedded picture listed in text export as “PIC (width x height)”
    – video sort order (best resolution first, or original stream order)
    – audio sort order (best quality first, and ordered by language – or by original stream order)
    – Export file: Subtitle on export text added subtitle codec
    – Export file: Added “Container” format
    – Export file: Field order changed: Directory, Name, Extension, File Size, Playback Time, Container, Pics, Video, Audio, Embedded Subtitles, External Subtitles, has Chapters
    – Clean up of very long subtitle codec names
    – MJPEG (framerate=0) pictures now listed as JPEG
    – Unknown profile no longer added as text to audio codec
    – DTS audio cleanup, shows DTS-HD, DTS-ES if reported
    – PCM audio cleanup – show bits (eg PCM-16b, PCM-24b)
    – MPEG2VIDEO video codec cleanup – displays MPEG2 now
v2.0.2 build 12
  • Added Aspect Ratio calculation for those video streams where ffProbe reports a missing Aspect Ratio (N/A).
v2.0.1 build 11
  • User can now select file size format (Bytes, KB, MB or GB) and precision (0, 1, or 2 decimals).
    These settings can be accessed through right clicking on the grid: View Display File size in ….
    These settings apply to the main list, export files, and printed reports.
  • Database can now be emptied quickly from the popup menu (right click grid).
  • Fixed a few typos.
  • Added 3D Anaglyph to filter.

macOS (64 bit, Intel)

Download the DMG file, open the DMG and drag MovieScanner2 to your Applications.
The application is signed and notarized, and does support Dark Theme based on your system settings.
The macOS version relies on SQLite3 coming with macOS, and comes with a precompiled ffProbe version.

Download - MovieScanner2-v2.0.11-macOS-64bit.dmg 

Filename:  MovieScanner2-v2.0.11-macOS-64bit.dmg
Platform:  Apple macOS
Version:  2.0.11
File size:  25.4 MB
Date:  2021-08-28
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Windows (32 bit)

Download the Setup, run it, and follow the instructions.
Due to some Windows limitations (Win32 applications vs UWP), Dark Theme is not supported under Windows.
The Windows version comes with a precompiled SQLite DLL and ffProbe version.

I have chosen the 32 bit version, since this keeps MovieScanner2 the most compatible with most Windows version.

Download - MovieScanner2-2.0.11-Windows-32bit-setup.exe 

Filename:  MovieScanner2-2.0.11-Windows-32bit-setup.exe
Platform:  Microsoft Windows
Version:  2.0.11
File size:  18.4 MB
Date:  2021-08-28
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Windows Portable Application

MovieScanner2 can run as a portable application.

To use it as a portable application, just follow the install instructions and select the directory where you’d like to have MovieScanner2 (for example somewhere on your USB stick).
The database and preferences will be saved in the same directory as the application, when this directory is not located in the default Program Files location.
When running the application in portable mode, you will see in the window title “(Portable)”.

Linux (64 bit, Intel)

First off: I’m not a Linux expert, but I do believe that applications should not dictate what operating system you’re running.
So MovieScanner is available for Linux as well and I tested it on a few distros for GTK and QT5.
The Linux version comes with a precompiled version of ffProbe, some icons and a readme.txt with some details on how to create an application shortcut with icon.

As I’m no expert, so I have not created any “standard” package.
Any recommendations, tips or trick, to make a Linux install easier? Please let me know.


MovieScanner2 utilizes the SQLite3 library. Most systems have this installed by default, you can test this by executing this command in Terminal:

$ sqlite3

SQLite version 3.34.0 2020-12-01 16:14:00
Enter ".help" for usage hints.
Connected to a transient in-memory database.
Use ".open FILENAME" to reopen on a persistent database.

If you do not get output similar to this one, then you’ll need to install SQLite3 through the package manager of your Linux distro, or use the good old apt-get method (if available):

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sqlite3

MovieScanner2 for GTK

The GTK version does support a Dark Theme.
However, I have seen that with some theme managers, the GTK2 widget set is not “getting the message”.
This implies that Dark Theme may or may not work on your setup.

As for the setup: extract the archive and place the files in a directory of your choosing.
Make sure SQlite3 is available and run the executable.

Note: there is a known bug with the GTK version, which show the list black only at startup. Clicking the grid will redraw it correctly.

Download - MovieScanner2-2.0.11-Linux-GTK-64bits.tar.gz 

Filename:  MovieScanner2-2.0.11-Linux-GTK-64bits.tar.gz
Platform:  Linux
Version:  2.0.11
File size:  29.1 MB
Date:  2021-08-28
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MovieScanner2 for QT5

The QT5 version does support Dark Theme.
As with GTK, the functionality of Dark Theme depends on the Linux distro you’re running.
This implies that Dark Theme may or may not work on your setup, but it is more likely to work than with GTK.

The QT5 version has an additional dependency: it needs QT5Pas (which may be named libqt5pas or libqt5pas1), which handles the QT5 bindings.
Use your system’s package manager or (if available) apt-get:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install libqt5pas

Download - MovieScanner2-2.0.11-Linux-QT5-64bits.tar.gz 

Filename:  MovieScanner2-2.0.11-Linux-QT5-64bits.tar.gz
Platform:  Linux
Version:  2.0.11
File size:  29 MB
Date:  2021-08-28
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Running MovieScanner2

MovieScanner2 is a really simple program to use.

When started the first time, a default database will be created and is located in these locations.
The default database file is called “MovieScanner.db” and preferences are stored in “MovieScanner.ini“.

Database and INI locations
Operating System  Database and Preferences location
Windows Portable
macOS (MacOS X)
~/Library/Application Support/MovieScanner2/
Linux (GTK and QT5)

Adding Files or Directories to MovieScanner2

At first start, obviously the list will be empty.
Adding files is easy; simply drag and drop a file or a directory on MovieScanner, and if valid files have been found, they will be scanned and added.
You can also use the “Add File” or “Add Directory” option from the File menu, or the popup menu by right clicking the grid.

When adding a directory, all files in this directory and its subdirectories will be scanned.

MovieScanner2 - Added a few files

MovieScanner2 – Added a few files

Updating files already in the Database

When a file already exists in the database (same size, same last modified date and same amount of subtitles), it will automatically be skipped.
If at least one of these criteria have changed, the file and its external subtitles will be scanned again.
This was implemented with the idea to make updating a video library faster.
In the Database menu you can disable this, so that files will always be scanned.

Available Data

As you can see in the example screenshot, quite a few details are listed:

Field Hovering Optional
(without extension)
– Full Filename
– Path
– File ID
– Last Modified
Year, resolution, and/or 3D tags optionally stripped
Aspect Ratio
Resolution (p-value)  – Common name display/hide
Resolution (common) – Resolution p-value display/hide
HDR display/hide
Resolution (Width x Height) – Framerate
– Bitrate (if available)
– Resolution p-value
– Resolution common
– Effective resolution
File size – Size in bytes
File Extension – Full name of container type
Video Codec – Full name of video codec
– If available: codec specifics
Audio Codec – Full name of audio codec
– Sample rate
Audio Channels and Language  – Channel count
– Audio Layout
– If available: Track title
Video Codec – Full name of Subtitle codec
– External
Video Language – Filename if external subtitle
Duration Note:
Purple C = This file has Chapters
Red Number = Number of embedded pictures

Note : a video container (file) can contain multiple streams. For example multiple audio tracks or subtitles, but even multiple video streams.

MovieScanner2 - Details

MovieScanner2 – Details

Supported Formats

Video File Formats

The following file extensions are supported and recognized as a video file:
.3GP, .ASF, .AVI, .DIVX, .DVB, .FLV, .M2TS, .M4V, .MJPEG, .MK3D, .MKV, .MOV, .MP2, .MP4, .MPG, .MTS, .OGG, .OGM, .OGV, .QT, .RAW, .RMVB, .TS, .VOB, .WMA, .WMV, .XVID.

External Subtitle Formats

External subtitles will be scanned as well, and an attempt will be done to recognize them correctly.
Currently the following external subtitle formats are detected:

  • ASS (Advanced SSA) Alpha (.ASS)
  • Compressed VOBSUB Subtitle (.RAR)
  • DVD Subtitle (.IDX and .SUB file)
  • MicroDVD Subtitle (.SUB)
  • PowerDivX Subtitle (.PSB)
  • Structured Subtitle Format (.SSF)
  • Sub Station Alpha Subtitle (.SSA)
  • Subrip Subtitle (.SRT)
  • Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange (.SMI)
  • Universal Subtitle Format (.USF)

Resolutions Formats

Naturally, MovieScanner will detect and support all resolutions. However, resolutions are often named bij their p-value or common name, and MovieScanner2 will do an attempt to find a match.

Some standard p-values:
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2000p, 2160p, 4000p, 2540p, 5320p.

Additionally MovieScanner2 tries to map the resolution to common names:
SD, HD, FHD, 2K, 4K, 5K, 8K.

Different colors are used for the different main resolutions, to easier identify which ones are low or high resolution.

Sorting files in MovieScanner2

As you may have noticed, there is a option to sort by Title, Resolution, File Size, Video Codec, and Duration.
By default files are sorted alphabetically by title.

When selecting another sort order, for example Resolution, title sorting will remain a secondary sort.
At least one and at most 2 sort orders can be used at the same time, where a second criteria always will be the title.
This is done to make sure the sort order priority remains clear to the end user.

Filtering files in MovieScanner2

Compared to the previous version of MovieScanner, this version allows for a wider range of options to filter the list.
To avoid confusion: the content of the list will match the set filter options. So when the user sets “titles” to be “like” a certain text, then all titles in the list will match that criteria.

Tip: in the lower right corner of the window you will see a count of the number of files in the database. When a filter is activated, then this count will show how many files of the total number of files are displayed due to the filter.

After setting your filter criteria, you will need to click the “Apply” button for it to become active.

The following filtering options are available:

Filter Options Notes
Title – All
– Like
– Not Like
Resolutions – All
– Equal to
– Better than
– Less than
– Not equal to
File Size – All
– Bigger than
– Small than
Size can be in kB, MB, GB
Video Codec – All
– Only
– All but
Selection based on all found codecs
HDR – All
– Not HDR
3D – All
– 3D
– 3D SBS
– 3D TAB
– 3D Anaglyph
– Not 3D
Audio – All
– Equal
– At least
– Up to
– Not Equal
Selection based on number of channels
Languages – All
– Audio
– Audio NOT
– Subs
– Subs NOT
– Audio OR Subs
– Audio OR Subs NOT
– Audio AND Subs
– Audio AND Subs NOT
Selection based on all found languages
Pictures – All
– Has pictures
– Does not have Pictures
(embedded pictures)
Chapters – All
– Has at least 2 Chapters
– Does not have Chapters
(defined chapters)
Duration – All
– At least
– Up to
Selection based on hours:minutes


Databases Functions

MovieScanner comes with a few additional database features, which not everybody may need.

  • Database backup/restore
  • Creating additional databases
  • Empty Database
  • Optimize Database

Most of these functions are pretty obvious, but for some the ability to use multiple databases can be useful for those working with multiple libraries or locations.

Exporting Lists

For those interested, the data can be directory accessed through the database file by using one or the other SQLite3 database browser or an ODBC connection.
For example Valentina Studio (there is a free version for Windows, Linux and macOS) or DB Browser for SQLite (free, available for Windows, Linux and macOS).

However, this is not for everybody, so a simple TAB separated export is optionals well, thought for export to Excel, which uses the following format (first line is the header);


TAB separated Text Export
Directory Directory
Name Filename
Extension File Extension (.XYZ)
File Size File Size
Playback Time Time in HH:MM:SS
Container File extension
Pics  Embedded picture count
Video Codec, WxH, Aspect Ratio, 3D, HDR
Audio Language, Codec, Channels
Embedded Subs  Language
External Subs Language
Has Chapters Yes/No

Printing Lists

I’ve included two formats for printing a list: a compact list  (lanscape mode) and a more extensive list (portrait mode).
Note the actual printout may look a little different due to added features.

Here an partial example of both:

MovieScanner2 - Printing an more compact list

MovieScanner2 – Printing an more compact list

MovieScanner2 - Printing an Extended list

MovieScanner2 – Printing an Extended list


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  • Feb 2, 2021 - 4:04 PM - Pedro Comment Link

    First post, Thank you very much for the new fresh MovieScanner2.It looks awesome.
    Please, could you consider:
    In the tab Compact List.- Add the Full Name of Container Type (like the older version)- Display the file size in MB or GB
    In the interface:- add the Empty Database button (like the older version)  (it was much easier to clear the lists with the button than now going to the database menu)
    best regards,Pedro



    • Feb 3, 2021 - 5:01 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Pedro!

      Thank you for the compliment!

      I’ll add these suggestions to the To-Do list – maybe I get a chance to implement this today.

      Compact List; Maybe I’ll add a general setting, where the user can select Bytes, Mb, Gb, and this to then be used in the list, reports, etc. 

      As for the “Empty Database”, I’d like to keep the main window as clean as possible, but I can most certainly add it the the popup menu (right click the list).

      Thanks again! 



    • Feb 4, 2021 - 8:29 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Pedro,

      Just added some of your feature requests … enjoy! 



      • Feb 4, 2021 - 12:32 PM - Pedro Comment Link


        Thank you very much, Hans.

        In one of my videos the aspect ratio shows as N/A.

        But the older version shows the correct one.

        I enclosed a picture in the below link:



        • Feb 4, 2021 - 3:06 PM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

          Thanks Pedro!

          And Thanks for the coffee ☕️ 

          I had notice a ‘N/A’ with one of my files, but since it was only one, I didn’t think much of it.
          I’ll investigate! 



        • Feb 5, 2021 - 4:07 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

          I did find the culprit!

          So what happens is that ffProbe actually returns “N/A” for the aspect ratio for some files.
          In the previous MovieScanner, I actually applied some math for those cases to calculate the aspect ration.
          I’ll bring that back to MovieScanner2 



        • Feb 5, 2021 - 7:03 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

          Fixed! Just release v2.0.2 



          • Feb 5, 2021 - 11:19 AM - Pedro Comment Link

            Thank you, Hans.

            As you said looks like ffprobe is not returning some data.

            I tried with other videos and gives different info between the 2 versions.

            Below, I enclose 4 pictures for your information.

            Also, the old version was showing more data like some images or subtitles attached to the video. This was very helpful to identify which videos has some “garbage” metadata to clean it when remuxing.






          • Feb 6, 2021 - 6:51 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

            Hi Pedro,

            I’ll take a look and see what I can do. Nice catch though and thank you for the images to clarify – this is very helpful.
            I’ll add the container name, and will check why the subtitle was not detected (this could be an ffProbe issue).

            Since some of these issue may require some testing and such: would you mind if I contact you by email?


  • Feb 4, 2021 - 8:30 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link


    Just posted v2.0.1 for Linux/Windows/macOS.

    • User can now select file size format (Bytes, KB, MB or GB) and precision (0, 1, or 2 decimals).
    • Database can now be emptied quickly from the popup menu (right click grid).
    • Fixed a few typos.
    • Added 3D Anaglyph to filter.


  • Feb 5, 2021 - 7:04 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link


    Just released v2.0.2 which adds aspect ratio calculation for those video streams where ffProbe reports “N/A”.



  • Feb 11, 2021 - 12:23 PM - Hans - Author: Comment Link


    For Windows, Linux and macOS users;
    I have released v2.0.4 with a ton of improvements. See this list for the details.



  • Feb 12, 2021 - 6:36 AM - John Wick Comment Link

    Oh wow! Thank you for the update.
    It seems much more responsive and comes with some new features I have been waiting for.


    John Wick

  • Feb 19, 2021 - 2:18 PM - Philip Lewis Comment Link

    The program is not working for me.

    Error saving preferences on launch.



    Philip Lewis

    • Feb 20, 2021 - 4:50 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Philip,

      I’m sorry to hear you’re running into issue.

      What version of MovieScanner are you using, and what operating system are you running?
      Did you install MovieScanner in a specific location?



      • Feb 20, 2021 - 1:32 PM - Philip Lewis Comment Link

        Hello Hans,

        I downloaded MovieScanner2-2.0.4-Windows-32bit-setup.exe

        I have not downloaded or installed the original MovieScanner.

        The operating system is Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS, Build 19041.804 installed on C: Drive

        Intel I7-8700 3.20GHz 

        16GB of Ram

        Installed on D: drive and I was presented with the error reported

        I uninstalled and reinstalled on C: drive where the OS is installed and it works.

        Thank you,



        Philip Lewis

        • Feb 20, 2021 - 1:42 PM - Philip Comment Link

          Hello Hans,

          Also, can you confirm your program is only displaying the file details and not changing the file in anyway?

          Under Duration, some files show the time and a C in a purple box’s whats this mean?

          Is there a manual/help file or youtube video the explains aspect of the program features?




        • Feb 20, 2021 - 3:06 PM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

          Hi Philip,

          Sounds like you did everything right. I ran a few tests here (installing it to D:\MovieScanner2 for example) and the application ran just fine. 
          So I was not able to reproduce the issue. Did you install it on an internal disk or an external disk (USB stick or USB harddisk)?
          Seems your Windows is up to date, are there any particular access rights settings on your D drive?

          I can confirm that the application will not do anything with the files, so the files will remain untouched, unless you explicitly tell MovieScanner2 to delete the video or video directory (you’ll get a warning). So no codec changes, no meta data changes, no changes to the subtitles or any other file.

          I’ll try to add some more info – the purple C is actually a feature I added after writing this article.
          It indicates that this video file has Chapters defined, a red block with a number means there are embedded pictures.

          I’ll try to make a screenshot and add it to this article. 



          • Feb 25, 2021 - 12:05 PM - Philip Comment Link

            Thank you for the follow-up. The program is working well. for me.


        • Feb 20, 2021 - 5:06 PM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

          Hi Philip,

          I’ve added a screenshot to show the meaning of certain fields in the list.
          Note: Hovering over items can reveal even more details (bitrate, type of 3D, etc – see documentation above).
          I’ve also updated some of the tables to list the new features.



          • Feb 25, 2021 - 12:06 PM - Philip Comment Link

            Thank you for the additional detailed information and your responsiveness. 


          • Feb 25, 2021 - 1:39 PM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

            Thanks Philip, and … you’re welcome 


  • Feb 25, 2021 - 8:05 AM - Ted Comment Link

    Sprechen Sie deutsch?

    Vielen Dank für Ihr gutes Programm.

    Ich hätte noch folgende Ideen:

    1. Auswahl des Fonts und dessen Größe. Bei mir werden die GUI-Texte abgeschnitten, weil ich für Dialoge große Fonts eingestellt habe.

    2. Es wäre schön, wenn man beliebig viele Ordner fest definieren könnte. Aus diesen liest der MS2 dann alle Videos. Dann dazu ein neuer MS2-Befehl: gesamte Liste aktuallisieren. MS2 kennt dann all die Ordner, wo sich die Videos befinden und scannt alle geänderten Files. Da reicht es, die Filesize und alle 3 Filedaten (“Datume”) zu vergleichen. Extra die Datei zu öffnen und auf geänderte Subtitles zu kontrollieren (wie es wohl jetzt ist, wenn ich richtig gelesen habe), würde zu lange dauern, denke ich. Wenn einer der eingestellten Ordner nicht gefunden wird, weil er sich z.B. auf einem externen USB-Laufwerk befindet, wird er beim Updatein einfach ignoriert. Problem gäbe es bei umbenannten Ordnern, da müsste es wohl Möglichkeit geben, den zugehörigen Ordner in MS2 einfach ebenfalls umzubenennen (manuell durch User). Wenn kein Rename erfolgt, wird der neue Ordner eben vollständig neu gescannt.

    3. Eine kompaktere Darstellungs-Option der Movie-Liste in MS2 mit all den Infos wäre prima, aber erst mal nicht so wichtig.

    Wie hören sich meine 3 Ideen an?





    • Feb 25, 2021 - 8:18 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hallo Ted,

      also mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut when es um Rechtschreibung geht 
      Ich werde deshalb antworten auf English, damit ander Leuten dan auch verstehen was wir hier besprechen.

      I’m always open to suggestions, so thank you for sharing your ideas!   

      1. Font Size

      Unfortunately, I do not quite understand what you’re referring to. Apologies for that.
      Did you mean the text with the different controls and such? (like the filters, buttons, etc)

      On that note: are you running under Windows?

      2. Update Folders

      Defining individual folders may be a little bit much work.

      However … something I could do, is make a function that checks all files that have been listed in the database.
      Or … make a function that scans all directories of all used files. For example if the file C:\path\to\my\videos\video1.mp4 is the database, scan all files in C:\path\to\my\videos\ and add/remove if anything changed?

      3. Compact view

      There are already quite a few options you can choose from to minimize the view. For example, hiding the attached pictures.
      I’m not sure how compact the view should become?

      Let me know what you think 



    • Feb 25, 2021 - 11:38 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Ted,

      I’ve already taken the liberty to add (for a next release) the option to 

      – rescan the directory of a selected video (where a dir can have multiple videos)
      – rescan the parent directory of the directory of a selected video (where each video has it’s own directory)
      – rescan all video files in the database

      I’m debating how to check all directories for new videos, but this may take a little tinkering to make it efficient.

      As for you font question; feel free to email me a screenshot (you can write in German) to illustrate the issue.
      You can email me at webmaster at tweaking4all dot com.



      • Feb 25, 2021 - 9:40 PM - Ted Comment Link

        (google translator) 

        1. Selection of the font and its size. The GUI texts are cut off for me because I have set large fonts for dialogues.

        “I’ve already taken the liberty to add (for a next release) the option to 

        – rescan the directory of a selected video (where a dir can have multiple videos)
        – rescan the parent directory of the directory of a selected video (where each video has it’s own directory)
        – rescan all video files in the database”

        I think these are very good ideas and hopefully the realization is not very complex.

        There are already quite a few options you can choose from to minimize the view. For example, hiding the attached pictures.”

        I’ve already done that. I don’t know: maybe all graphic elements for the video data could be switched off and only plain text displayed? The line spacing a little smaller? Choose a smaller font? Show all video information in 1-2 lines for every Movie? All just spontaneous ideas from me.



        • Feb 26, 2021 - 5:25 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

          (google translator) 


          For my testing, is there any info you can give for me to reproduce the text problem?
          For example: what OS are you running? Windows/MacOS/Linux? Any particular settings I need to do to see this on my computer?


          Rescan options: These 3 I have already implemented. There are 2 more I’d like to add;

          – Rescan All directories that hold a video file in the database
          – Rescan All parent directories that hold directories with a video file in the database

          That last on remains a challenge to describe. The general idea is that one would have a directory (for example “movies”) which holds a directory for each video – rather common in media center like setups. This will take a little to do, but I’m confident I can (the issue is to not scan the same directory over and over again).

          Making the list smaller

          Right now this would take quite a lot of work, due to the way I designed the list.
          Let me think about that for a bit. It comes with a ton of changes and challenges.



        • Feb 27, 2021 - 9:36 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

          Hi Ted,

          I’ve posted a new version which should help with your update/folder question 



  • Feb 27, 2021 - 9:34 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

    UPDATE 2.0.5

    Checkout the change log for details.

    The update involves a few cosmetic changes and improved update/rescan functionality.



  • Mar 2, 2021 - 10:56 PM - Ted Comment Link

    Hi Hans,

    where can I find your email-address?

    Because the Font thing.

    And I found an error “Invalid floating point operation” with a WMV-File.



    • Mar 3, 2021 - 4:12 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Ted,

      feel free to email me at webmaster at tweaking4all dot com … 



    • Mar 3, 2021 - 4:13 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Please, if possible, email me details on the “Invalid floating point operation” error.
      Any way you can share that WMV file for testing? (I understand if that is not an option)



  • Mar 3, 2021 - 10:47 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

    UPDATE for WINDOWS USERS (2.0.6)

    This update is only relevant for Windows users and affects a division by zero (illegal floating point operation) is very rare cases when a secondary framerate is being reported as zero.
    Additionally, for Windows 7 users, the space for the filter text for HDR/3D and Pics/Chapters has been extended a little to avoid overlap.

    Feedback is appreciated.



  • Mar 8, 2021 - 6:42 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

    UPDATE 2.0.7

    This is only a tiny update and most users will not have a use for it.
    In this version I have reduced the minimum window width to accommodate smaller screens (or zoomed in screen).



  • Apr 23, 2021 - 3:24 PM - memet Comment Link


    I’ve faced two problems with the Linux version (2.0.7, tried both QT5 and GTK versions). One of them is that the program cannot find sqlite3. The sqlite3 library is in


    but the program’s still complaining about missing; so I symlinked it to /usr/lib/ and it stopped complaining. But this time it gave the following error:

    DBConnection : near "", printf("": syntax error.

    If you ignore the message and continue, the program shows nothing, selecting a specific folder o a single file doesn’t change anything.



    • Apr 24, 2021 - 4:42 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Memet,

      I’m not the most experienced Linux user, in fact my experience is limited to what I need to cross compile for Linux 

      As I cannot reproduce the issue, I’m guessing you may need the SQLite-dev install …

      sudo apt-get install sqlite3 libsqlite3-dev

      Hope this helps!



      • Apr 24, 2021 - 4:24 PM - memet Comment Link

        Unfortunately I’m still getting the same error after installing libsqlite3-dev. However, I noticed that there is older version of moviescanner on your website (v1.4), I downloaded it and it worked without any problems. 

        Thank you!



      • Apr 25, 2021 - 5:52 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

        Unfortunately, I cannot reproduce the problem … 

        Which Linux distro are you using, so that worse case I can setup a virtual machine to do some testing?

        Which SQLite version is installed – in a shell just type “sqlite” and it should show a version, something like “SQLite version 3.35.4 2021-04-02 15:20:15”.

        I recall one of the distro’s I used to use (I think it may have been Mint Linux) refused updating SQLite to a more recent version (which may no longer be the case of course). That is why I switched to Manjaro Linux.

        Keep in mind; I'm not a Linux expert, but what are you getting when you try this (includes the output on my Linux machine):
        $ ldconfig -p | grep sql
       (libc6,x86-64) => /usr/lib/
       (libc6) => /usr/lib32/
       (libc6,x86-64) => /usr/lib/
       (libc6) => /usr/lib32/



        • Apr 27, 2021 - 6:56 AM - memet Comment Link

          My sqlite3 version is:

          ~$ sqlite3
          SQLite version 3.27.2 2019-02-25 16:06:06

          and I use Debian stable (Debian 10.9, Buster).  Its packages tends to be even older than Linux Mint.

          /sbin/ldconfig -p | grep sql gives:

         (libc6,x86-64) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
         (libc6,x86-64) => /lib/
         (libc6,x86-64) => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
         (libc6,x86-64) => /lib/



        • Apr 27, 2021 - 9:14 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

          Looks quite a bit older indeed …. and I’m pretty sure you cannot easily override it either (that was my experience in Mint) 
          Older version tend to miss a few QSL statements/query formats, or fix certain bugs.
          So for me to switch to an older version (which I will keep in mind with next releases) would mean that I’d have to change the SQL queries I’m using.
          Sometimes this is easy, but more often I will have to work around the limitations in my own code.

          I did some tests in the past, to have a specific library for my application(s), but was unsuccessful to get to work.
          The general idea being: having a specific library version distributed with the application (as can be done under Windows for example).
          Again, this may have failed due to my lack of Linux experience.

          Forgive my ignorance if I’m reading this wrong (my lack of Linux experience), but does this state that 3.34 should be available for Debian? I’d assume 3.34 should do the trick.
          But like I said before; I ran into upgrade issues as well (be it under Mint), so it would not surprise me if this comes with challenges and/or trouble.



  • Jun 2, 2021 - 8:25 AM - ukmoose Comment Link

    Hi I’m trying to use Moviescanner2 v2.0.7 on MacOS Mojave and I’m getting the following error message when the app starts

    “Can not load SQLite client library “libsqlite.dylib” 

    Check your installation”

    If I type sqlite3 into a terminal is see

    SQLite version 3.24.0 2018-06-04 14:10:15



    • Jun 2, 2021 - 9:41 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi UKMoose,

      Oh boy … that is an interesting one.
      I found a super slow virtual machine running Mojave and it produces the same error, even though the file is right where it should be (/usr/lib/libsqlite3.dylib).

      I’ll try and see if I can do something about this. 



    • Jun 2, 2021 - 9:57 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi UKMoose,

      managed to find a fix. I’ve uploaded a new release to resolve this issue. I’ve tested it under Mojave and it works. 
      You can find it here.



  • Jun 2, 2021 - 9:58 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link


    Due to a slightly different technique in more recent macOS versions, MovieScanner would fail under older MacOS X versions (Mojave),
    This version should resolve the SQLite database error.



  • Jun 7, 2021 - 3:41 AM - David Comment Link

    MovieScanner2 is a huge improvement on the original app, thank you!

    Please can you make the warning you get when you clear the database optional as that gets annoying after a while. Also, maybe a toolbar button to clear the database?



    • Jun 7, 2021 - 4:42 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi David,

      nice to hear that you like the improvements.

      I can make the warning when clearing the database optional indeed. I’ll add it to my to-do list, as an option the user can enable/disable.

      As for adding a button: I’d rather not do this, since there barely is any space in the GUI to place a button without significantly impacting the available space for the list.
      However: Did you know there is a button in the lower right corner of the windows labelled “Select DB”, where you can right away select “Empty Database”?



      • Jun 7, 2021 - 5:23 AM - David Comment Link

        Ooh, thank you, I hadn’t noticed the Select DB button.  

        But, yes, please make the warning optional as it quickly gets very annoying!



      • Jun 7, 2021 - 5:48 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

        OK, just uploaded a new version for Windows, Linux and macOS which allows you to disable the warning when emptying the database.

        I hope this is what you’re looking for 



        • Jun 7, 2021 - 5:58 AM - David Comment Link

          I tried to show screenshot of a popup error I get on every launch of v2.0.9 which says “[TCustomForm.SetFocus] AboutForm:TAboutForm can not focus”



          • Jun 7, 2021 - 7:19 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

            I’ve tested under Windows 10 Home x64 (20H2 19042.985) and Windows 10 Enterprise x64 (20H2 19042.804), and cannot reproduce the error. 

            I’ll try to do some more test to see what I can do to reproduce this …


          • Jun 7, 2021 - 7:40 AM - David Comment Link

            If it helps – I clean installed it as a portable in a separate folder from where my v2.0.7 currently resides


          • Jun 7, 2021 - 7:42 AM - David Comment Link



          • Jun 7, 2021 - 7:50 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

            OK, I just tried that as well, and … still no error.
            I even did dig through the code, and couldn’t find an obvious reason why that error would appear.
            For some reason the About window wants to get focus, I just cannot find anything in the code that would want or try that.
            Especially since 2.0.7 worked fine, since I only changed the menu item to enable/disable warnings for emptying databases.

            I’ll do a full update of my dev environment and recompile it.
            When done, I’ll post a beta link for you to test.


          • Jun 7, 2021 - 8:25 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

            I have no idea if this fixes anything, but I have made a special build for testing; please try this version (2.0.9 build 20).

            I’ve completely reinstalled my dev environment under Windows (to make sure everything is up to date).
            I’ve looked at everything related to that form and what may be calling for this form, but couldn’t find any obvious reason why the form would even try to setFocus before clicking the about-option in the Help menu.

            Please let me know if this helped.


          • Jun 7, 2021 - 8:30 AM - David Comment Link

            Sorry, exactly the same popup error every time. I tried both as standard install and as portable, but no difference…


          • Jun 7, 2021 - 9:49 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

            It’s not easy fixing a bug when I cannot reproduce it .

            Alright, please try this version.
            Changes I have made: anything “SetFocus” removed from my code (this does not include what the widget developers do in their code of course), and with the function that shows the about window (which you really aren’t using, since it crashes right away at startup) has been modified as well to do an attempt (without errors).

            Question: do you get the option to continue after the error?
            (I think it will say “OK” or “Abort”, where “OK” continues with the program).


          • Jun 7, 2021 - 9:52 AM - David Comment Link

            Hoorah!   That works perfectly, thank you for your persistance!


          • Jun 7, 2021 - 9:57 AM - David Comment Link

            Regarding your question, “Question: do you get the option to continue after the error?
            (I think it will say “OK” or “Abort”, where “OK” continues with the program)”

            Yes, I got those buttons and the program continues after clicking OK. However, every relaunch of the program had the same error popup…


          • Jun 7, 2021 - 10:10 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

            Awesome! That is great news! 

            Hey, this way I learn something new every day as well, and make at least one person happy. 


        • Jun 7, 2021 - 6:57 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

          Hi David,

          would you mind posting info on your operating system?
          What are you running? Windows/Linux GTK/Linux QT5/macOS? and what version.



        • Jun 7, 2021 - 6:58 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

          p.s. screenshots cannot be posted here (thanks to all the spammers posting inappropriate pictures).
          However, you can post screenshots in the forum if you’d like to post any. You’d need to sign up for that though.



  • Jun 7, 2021 - 5:48 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

    UPDATE 2.0.9

    Small update, which adds the option to disable the warning when emptying the database.



  • Jul 9, 2021 - 6:33 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

    UPDATE 2.0.10

    Fixed minor bug with reported (and rounded) filesizes.
    Thanks Pedro for reporting! 



  • Aug 4, 2021 - 1:32 AM - Comment Link

    Hi, For Windows, you said: “The database and preferences will be
    saved in the same directory if the directory is the default Program
    Files location”. I think you actually meant to say: “… is not the
    default …”


    • Aug 4, 2021 - 4:14 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Nice catch and you’re absolutely right!
      I’ll correct that right away.




  • Aug 26, 2021 - 8:58 PM - Jake Davis Comment Link

    I recently came across this application and it works incredibly well to scan a larger library of videos. The re-scan of parent folder also works amazingly well to quickly add new video files, however, it does not remove videos which have been deleted. With a large library there are always files being deleted and so without this deletion the re-scan is not really that useful and it seems I need to empty the database and re-scan everything.

    I understand that this may not always be desired but certainly in some cases a video file is replace with another of a different name and it would be great if the scan removed those files which no longer exist. In Kodi for example there is a separate function “Clean Library” but I’m not seeing anything similar to that here. Not sure if I’m missing something obvious or if this is not yet supported – if so please consider adding such an option.

    Thanks for considering


    Jake Davis

    • Aug 28, 2021 - 6:39 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Jake!

      Nice to hear you like the application 

      Good idea to include the option to remove the videos that no longer exist. I’ll add this to my to-do list for sure.
      Making this like Kodi would be an option, or add it as an option when re-scanning the files.

      I’ll try to get back at ya as soon as possible 



    • Aug 28, 2021 - 9:13 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Jake,

      I’ve implemented this – seemed like a good feature to have.

      You have 2 options:

      1. Manual update for the entire database

      This will remove all files that cannot be found from the database (Clean Database like in Kodi). Caution though: if an external drive or share is not connected or mounted, then these files will be removed as well!

      2. Automatically update when updating a directory

      Let me know what you think, I hope this is what you had in mind, and I hope this is working well haha … 



  • Aug 28, 2021 - 9:18 AM - Hans - Author: Comment Link

    UPDATE 2.0.11

    • Minor cosmetic bug fix in the about window (mostly for Linux)
    • Clean Database option (manual for the entire database, or optional when updating file/directory/all). Removes files from the database that no longer exist.



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