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Is there any simple way to find the fps of a video in ubuntu? In windows I use Gspot to find out all the information about a video file. But in ubuntu I find it very difficult to find out this basic information. Any help is appreciated.

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This will tell you the framerate if it's not variable framerate:

ffmpeg -i filename

Sample output with filename obscured:

Input #0, matroska,webm, from 'somerandom.mkv':
  Duration: 01:16:10.90, start: 0.000000, bitrate: N/A
    Stream #0.0: Video: h264 (High), yuv420p, 720x344 [PAR 1:1 DAR 90:43], 25 fps, 25 tbr, 1k tbn, 50 tbc (default)
    Stream #0.1: Audio: aac, 48000 Hz, stereo, s16 (default)
ffmpeg -i filename 2>&1 | sed -n "s/.*, \(.*\) fp.*/\1/p"

Someone edited with one that didn't quite work the way I wanted. It's referenced here
Additional edit...If you want the tbr value this sed line works

sed -n "s/.*, \(.*\) tbr.*/\1/p"
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I needed to use tb instead of fp in the one-liner. Seems not all video files report fps but all autput something like tbr tbc which has the same value. –  sup Mar 11 '12 at 17:28
valid, but the one-liner from the edit output-ed the tbc value not the tbr value in this particular set of output. something to consider on why i changed it...I'ld rather it fail in a really noticeable way than a way that isn't noticed at all. –  hbdgaf Mar 11 '12 at 20:10
I think sed -n "s/.*, \(.*\) tbr.*/\1/p misses " in the end, no? –  sup Mar 12 '12 at 19:24

This is a python script to do this using mplayer, in case anyone is interested. It is used path/to/script path/to/movie_name1 path/to/movie/name2 etc

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import subprocess
import re
import sys

pattern = re.compile(r'(\d{2}.\d{3}) fps')
for moviePath in sys.argv[1:]:
    mplayerOutput = subprocess.Popen(("mplayer", "-identify", "-frames", "0", "o-ao", "null", moviePath), stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.PIPE).communicate()[0]
    fps = pattern.search(mplayerOutput).groups()[0]
    print fps
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The alternative to command line, is looking at the properties of your file via context menu in Nautilus (graphical file manager). For audio/video files you get an additional tab there with extra informations.

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ffprobe 'Upstream Color 2013 1080p x264.mkv' -v 0 -select_streams v \
  -print_format flat -show_entries stream=r_frame_rate



How could I get fps number of the video only?

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You can right click the target file, Properties, Audio/Video but you will not get the exact framerate. To get a precise framerate you can install MediaInfo.

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ffprobe <media> 2>&1| grep ",* fps" | cut -d "," -f 5 | cut -d " " -f 2
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explain what it will do ? –  Raja Aug 16 '13 at 12:56

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