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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. – RobotHumans 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
Note that ffmpeg has been deprecated and the preferable alternative is avconv. The command is similar, avconv -i filename. – appas Jun 15 '15 at 8:17
ffmpeg is not deprecated, avconv came from a branch of ffmpeg and to avoid confusion for those using the ffmpeg alternative the fake branch was marked as deprecated to let those users know that the version they were using was changing. your comment is misleading and could cause users to waste time researching this – Chris Apr 20 at 14:07
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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This is probably the best answer in that it gives the EXACT frame rate (in the example 24000/1001 = 23.976023976) – ntg Jan 20 at 12:30

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 =[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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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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Here is a python function based on Steven Penny's answer using ffprobe that gives exact frame rate

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

import sys
import os
import subprocess
def get_frame_rate(filename):
    if not os.path.exists(filename):
        sys.stderr.write("ERROR: filename %r was not found!" % (filename,))
        return -1         
    out = subprocess.check_output(["ffprobe",filename,"-v","0","-select_streams","v","-print_format","flat","-show_entries","stream=r_frame_rate"])
    rate = out.split('=')[1].strip()[1:-1].split('/')
    if len(rate)==1:
        return float(rate[0])
    if len(rate)==2:
        return float(rate[0])/float(rate[1])
    return -1
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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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