How can I get .avi files to show a picture preview

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by matt9013, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. matt9013 macrumors 6502

    matt9013

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    Right now I use VLC to play .avi files and my icon is a little orange cone. I'd like it to match my .mp4 files and show a picture of the video as my icon. Anyway to get this to happen or am I stuck with the orange cone?
     
  2. stooovie macrumors 6502a

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    Try installing Perian but I'm not sure you're going to get AVI thumbnails. Probably not.
     
  3. mikzn macrumors 6502

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    try "get info" and click on the icon to make it active - you can then paste another icon - you can use delete to clear it
     
  4. stooovie macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, the icon itself can be changed this way. Thumbnails for AVI and MKV files probably won't work.
     
  5. stooovie macrumors 6502a

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  6. foxlet macrumors regular

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    Mavericks and later use AVFoundation rather than QuickTime to make previews. There's a nice QuickLook Generator that does this.

    https://github.com/Marginal/QLVideo

    Additionally, there's also a way to enable older video support with LegacyMovie.
     
  7. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    Thank you foxlet and stooovie for the great idea. It works perfectly.
     
  8. matt9013 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the link. It's exactly what I wanted. All my vids have thumbnails now with a picture of the video.
     
  9. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Well ain't that a wonderful little program all these years since perian would not work now this does, thanks.
     
  10. stooovie macrumors 6502a

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  11. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    And I am glad you did it has been literally years I have wanted exactly something like that, thanks again.
     

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