Video File List


Video File ListUse Video File List to find out more about your movie files, detect poor quality content, and easily clean up your movie archive.


Video File List Main features

  • Detect poor quality content in your movie library
  • Sort and filter all your movie files based on many properties like runtime, resolution, video format etc.
  • Can identify and classify up to 500 movie files per minute on a fast Mac
  • Supports most common movie formats on Macs

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Available in English and German language for macOS 11 (El Capitan) or higher.


Help & Usage

Usage is very simple – just drag and drop a bunch of files and/or folders on the application icon or directly in the main window. Video File List will then search for valid movie files and display them in the list. If a search runs for more than 5 seconds, you will hear a short sound once the scan is finished.

A file from the list can then either be

  • deleted (see also below)
  • revealed in the Finder
  • played in an external video player like VLC (needs to be set once – can also be changed in the preferences)

Filter your files
Pick one or several filters from the left sidebar to limit the list to specific files/formats.

Sorting the list
You can sort the list by any of the columns e.g. to find duplicates.

Columns explained

  • Filename as visible in the Finder
  • Filesize on disk
  • Runtime of movie
  • Format: container format of movie
  • Codec: Compression format of the video part of the movie. Find out more on Wikipedia.
  • Resolution (screen size) of the movie
  • Compression Ratio: How effecient is the compression of the file. Value depends on resolution and codec. See below for explanation.
  • Audio channel(s) and format
  • Last modified date

Finally, you can also export the list (from the file menu) to a format compatible with Numbers, Excel etc.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the compression ratio?
This value gives an indication of how well/optimal the movie is encoded. You can use that value to decide whether to keep movies or convert them to more efficient formats. (E.g. using tools like Handbrake) Reasonable values for h264 encoded movies are 1:100 – 1:300, for h265 movies 1:200 up to 1:1000 for 4K movies. Movie files with higher resolution tend to have a higher compression ratio as well. Consider re-encoding movie files with a ratio of 1:50 or less!

How does trash / delete work?
On an internal or local connected drive, clicking trash will move to movie file to the trash folder, from where you can recover the file if needed. If you use Video File List on a server volume that does not support a trash folder, the file will be deleted immediately. You need to confirm the deletion every time, unless you choose to surpress the warning. (Reset the warning in the advanced preferences.)

Supported File Formats
Video File List supports most common movie files on the Mac: MPEG (mp4/m4v/mpg), Quicktime (mov), Matroska (mkv), Divx/Xvid (Avi), MJpeg, FLV. Currently, WMV files are added to the list, but no further meta data is displayed (see below).  Contact us if you have ideas/need for other formats!

F4V Format = MP4 Format
Recent flash video files use the ending f4v. This is actually just a mp4 container – so you can rename those safely to mp4 files and make them work properly with Video File List.

What about the Windows Media (WMV) Format?
Due to unclear licensing restrictions, we currently don’t support WMV format. In any case, we encourage you to convert any WMV files you have on the Mac to MP4 format. MP4 is much better supported on the Mac platform and can even be played back directly from the Finder.

The app crashes when adding files
This can happen if you try to add corrupt/broken movie files. If you provide us with the movie file, we can try to resolve the error for the next release.

Why can I scan 5000 files only?
This limit keeps the app useable – a list with more than 5000 entries would become unresponsive, especially on slower Macs.

Sort order for resolution seems broken
Resolution sort does work on the actual pixel count, i.e. width x height of movie frame.


Links and Reviews


Version History

V1.1.1 – 11 November 2017

  • Improved support for macOS 10.13
  • Bug fix for mp4/mov files containing HEVC/x265

V1.1 – 22 August 2017

  • Added support for FLV files
  • Search field for filtering filenames
  • Finder service integration: Add Movie(s) to Video File List
  • Rename files directly within the list
  • German translation
  • Local notification when search finished
  • Various bug fixes

V1.0 – 1 August 2017

  • Initial Release