How to make snapshot & thumbnails from video?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by leekbi, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. leekbi macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2009
    I just tested mkv file on vlc and they work fine with vlc and quick time player.
    But does anyone know how to make snapshot and create thumbnails from the video?
    In windows, I use media player classic to do it.
  2. mike80 macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2009

    I would need that too. Snapshots can be taken with vlc, but I can find no way to make sequential thumbnails of a video.
  3. madagi macrumors member

    May 6, 2005
    Hanover, PA
    I would also be interested in any software to do this. I'm looking for something that will output to a single JPG/PNG like THIS.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  4. johnhammonds macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2009
    Any update on this? I really need a program to accomplish this task. I found "VideoCut" for Linux KDE and "QFrameCatcher" as well, but I need something for Mac.

    I found Xilisoft Video Snapshot, but it just puts out images, a animated gif or an HTML file. It does not put the images into one image file.

    HELP Please!
  5. johnhammonds macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2009
    I found that "SimpleMovieX" will make a "contactsheet", but it outputs it as a RTF file with attachments. It gives you no choice to save it as another format. Plus it's so small it's worthless.

    I found a OSS app called "Contact Sheet From Video v1.1, but it is designed for Win2000,XP and even thought it will run on Mac because it is a java based app, it just says "processing" when you try to get it to ouput anything.

    Still trying to find a solution to this problem.

    I have the X11 Developer tools installed. Can anyone tell me how or if it is possible to install "qframecatcher" or "VideoCut KDE"?

    I'm not to swooft on the whole "Compile, Make and Install" thing.

    Surely someone accomplishes this task on a Mac and doesn't do it manually. There had to be a quick simple way via an application.

  6. johnhammonds macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2009

    I asked for help in another location and got a link to what I was looking for!!!

    It's called Screen Grabber v2.0.2

    Here's a link to the Author's site for download:

    It's freeware too!

    I have apparently just not been searching the right key words. :-(
  7. Cevapi macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2009
    Wow. I've been looking for an app like this for a LONG time TYVM!
  8. interfuse macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2006
    Screen Grabber, no OS X 10.6 & WMV support


    I've been using Screen Grabber for a while now, great little app that does exactly what I need.

    How ever, Screen Grabber does not seem to work with WMV files under OS X 10.6, the jpeg file is just black.

    Anyone else have a fix, or know of an alternative app with better 10.6 support? I have Flip4Mac installed, and WMV files play in Quicktime X.


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  9. djjuice204 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2007
    I had the same problem.

    Did anybody find an answer???
  10. PeyloW macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2008
    I am late to the party, but I do have an answer.

    The problem is that in Mac OS X 10.6 WMV-files are prescanned. You have probably seen this in the Quicktime player as well, how the time-line gets filled up as a progress bar. Any part of the movie that has not yet been scanned, is not playable.

    The current workaround for this is to let Screen Grabber finish the pre-scan before you hit capture. This unfortunately also means that WMV-files can not be batch-processed.

    I hope to have a working solution in a future update. Please support continued development by purchasing the app from Mac App Store: (It is also still freely available as source code from github
  11. thundermuppet macrumors newbie


    Apr 6, 2010
    NEW info

    While screen-grabber if probably ok too, its not free anymore.

    Free alternative screen grabbers or thumbnail makers:


    Good luck!

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