A Way to show thumbnail Previews for WMV files?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MagnusVonMagnum, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. MagnusVonMagnum macrumors 601


    Jun 18, 2007
    I was wondering if anyone knows of a way to get OS X to show thumbnail previews of WMV video files. I know, it's a Windows format, but let's just say I have several gigabytes of videos from entertaining sites that use that format (ok they're adult sites) and both Windows (at least via XnView, which I can't seem to find a working OS X version of) and Linux (via the Konqueror browser once I've added the relevant library options) will show me single frame pics for the files, making it easy to recognize which video is which (because many are just named things like Video101,Video102, etc. by the sites) and so if I try to view them on my Mac, I have to guess which one is which because OS X only shows a generic thumbnail for them until I run one (I have both Microsoft's viewer and Flip4Mac to show them).

    Needless to say, that's a bit frustrating and so I end up having to boot up my PC into Windows or Linux to view them, but seeing as my Mac runs 24/7, it would be preferable to have a way to show those thumbnails in OS X, either directly or through a viewing program similar to XnView (which promises and OS X update at some point in the future, but after over a year, I kind of doubt it, really). I have tried the Finder's show preview option, which does show me nice JPEG and other image format previews in a similar fashion, but it doesn't work with WMV, even with Flip4Mac installed. Are there any options? This is on a PPC Mac so Parallels/Fusion isn't really an option.

    In Linux, I just had to add some thumbnail art library packages and the WMV libraries and Konqueror takes care of it. I somehow doubt there's any option like that for OS X given Steve's iron grip on customizing it. And of course WMV is Microsoft's baby, so it's no surprise there'd be viewer options for Windows to show them like that.
  2. itickings macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    I'm reasonably sure I get previews for virtually every video file I have. Flip4Mac combined with Perian handle most codecs.
  3. MagnusVonMagnum thread starter macrumors 601


    Jun 18, 2007
    I just installed Perian and already had Flip4Mac installed. I still don't get preview thumbnails in the Finder for these WMV files. I can try rebooting, but I don't think that will matter. I'll see what Leopard does to compare as well.

    Edit: Ok, I installed Perian in Leopard (before I tried Finder; I guess I should have looked before I installed it to be sure that made the difference), but in either case, Leopard IS showing previews for the WMV files now. I'll try Tiger again now (reboot). In any case, thanks for the tip.

    Edit2: Tiger still won't display thumbnails for WMV files, even though Leopard will (albeit very slowly).

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