How to check a video’s bitrate in vlc

How to check a video’s bitrate in vlc

A video’s bitrate is a key piece of information in determining the quality of said video. Even if two videos have the same resolution, a lower bitrate is going to result in less detail and clarity. Here’s how to see the bitrate of any video you’re playing in real time with VLC.

VLC is a powerful, cross-platform app that can play virtually any video file and has a ton of hidden features. One handy little tool lets you see a video’s bitrate in real time. Higher bitrates mean more detail, but it also requires more processing power and bandwidth. Lower bitrates may be easier to stream or to play back on older hardware, but you’ll see a decrease in picture quality.

NOTE: Most videos use a variable bitrate that can change from moment to moment. VLC lets you see which scenes use a higher bitrate to identify areas that may cause playback problems or crush the quality of your video. If you just want to see a video’s overall bitrate, check out our guide on how to do that in Windows or macOS here.

To find your video’s bitrate information, open up a video in VLC and click on the Tools menu and select Media Information.

How to check a video’s bitrate in vlc

In the window that appears, click the Statistics tab.

How to check a video’s bitrate in vlc

On this screen, you’ll see a chart under Input/Read. This displays a live view of the bitrate of your video as you watch it. Play the video for a few seconds to get enough data for this chart to fill in. The entry next to “Content bitrate” will most accurately represent what bitrate a video is using at the current time in the video.

How to check a video’s bitrate in vlc

You’ll notice as you play the video that the bitrate will raise and lower depending on what’s on the screen and how much movement there is. The peak bitrates will give you an idea of how much bandwidth you’ll need if you want to stream the video over the internet without any degradation in quality or converting the video.

Sometimes, for a video file, you might need to view its video resolution and its frame rate. Video resolution is the dimension: width x height of a video file. The video resolution information allows you to confirm the quality of the video that you are watching. Frame rate tells us the number of frames per second the video is. Higher frame rates means smoother video quality.

To find out video resolution and frame rate of a video file, you can simply view its properties in modern Windows or any other OS. In Windows 7, the information is found out from the Properties > Details (tab) of a video. Video information like frame width and frame height is present there.

It should also be noted that this same information is viewable easily using VLC Media Player. You can quickly find out the resolution (frame width x frame height) and frames per second of any video that you are currently playing in VLC.

To find out video resolution using VLC Media Player :

  1. Make sure that you are using the default VLC Media Player skin. You shouldn’t be on the skinned mode of VLC.
  2. Make sure that your video is open in VLC Media Player.
  3. From the VLC menu, click on Tools > Codec Information [ Shortcut: CTRL + J ].
    How to check a video’s bitrate in vlc
  4. VLC will come up with something like this:
    How to check a video’s bitrate in vlc

You can normally see our video and audio stream information. Under video stream information which is “Stream 0” above, you can see your video file information. The video resolution in the above example is 1920×1080 (width x height) which makes it a 1080p video. Similarly, frame rate is 23.976024 which can be used to say that the video is 24 frames per second. Other information like video codec, audio information (sample rate, language and codec) can also be found out.

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33 thoughts to “Find out Video Resolution and Frame Rate using VLC”

Just for the record, Using Windows explorer to display files, right clicking on a video file and opening a properties window will only yield the resolution and other info if the encoder or encoding app included it. I have lots of video files where most of that stuff, sometimes all, is blank. I’ll try from within VLC

Best method: (Direct by calculating right parameters, confirmed by ffmpeg)

ffprobe.exe -v error -select_streams v:0 -show_entries stream=r_frame_rate,duration -of default=nw=1 “d:\movies\The.Matrix.1999.1080p.BrRip.x264.YIFY.dut.mp4”

Frames=24000/1001*8177.794625=196071 (exactly… ;P)

frame=196071 fps=331 q=-0.0 Lsize=N/A time=02:16:17.90 bitrate=N/A speed=13.8x


video:102631kB audio:1408772kB subtitle:0kB other streams:0kB global headers:0kB muxing overhead: unknown