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How to find recording device info from media file (audio/video)

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Is it possible to take metadata from a video/audio and use that data to identify what phone model was used to record that video, like iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone 8+, Samsung, microphone etc.

I did some research on my own and I found two factors that might help, the first is vendor ID and the second is the encoder, i am not sure if different phones have different encoders in the hardware, i couldn't find any information on it.

Any help would be highly appreciated.



Posted : 05/01/2023 6:01 am
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Most video files I see (normally MP4) do have the camera name imbedded in the file.  Typically this is in the moov atom, eg in the  'uuid' tag.

Sometimes there may be an XML tag after the main moov section.

I suggest you look at a file with a hex viewer, starting with moov atom.  NB I mainly see cameras rather than phones.

Occasionally there may be small files on a memory chip with camera info, but in my experience, this is not very common.


Search for an expected name, eg HERO, Canon, Insta360, Apple etc

Posted : 05/01/2023 5:07 pm
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@mscotgrove thanks alot

Posted : 06/01/2023 5:25 am
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Most original video files have EXIF data just like picture files. However if it's been processed through a third party like a web site, just like picture files the EXIF is usually stripped away.

Posted : 27/01/2023 4:43 pm
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