Video thumbnails with VLC

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by beosound3200, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. beosound3200 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2010
    is there any way to make vlc display thumbnails of video files in finder?

    thank you
  2. gumblecosby macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
    Install Perian. It will generate thumbnails in Finder for non-native video containers such as AVI or MKV regardless of what your default video player is.

    Some people, including me, have issues in Mountain Lion with it relating to sandboxing (a security process) when generating thumbnails for large video files.
    Shown here:

    Try it anyway. It can be uninstalled easily from it's preference pane in System Preferences if you are not happy but it should generate thumbnails for you in Finder.

    The developers have stated that there should be one last update for Mountain Lion but that was stated last year. They have been developing Perian in their spare time for years so there can be no complaints from anyone if it doesn't materialise.

    Of course if you have Perian already installed ignore everything I just said. :)
  3. beosound3200 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2010
  4. umzyi macrumors regular


    Apr 21, 2011
    I have tried everything but i am unable to get thumbnails for my mkv files. I have perian installed but no luck. Any further suggestions?
  5. beosound3200 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2010
    i was unable to find a solution. the only way is to install perian, which is no longer supported, so im not counting that as a solution.

    mind-blowing, the way os x handles thumbnails of popular video files - it doesn't!

    hope the fix is on its way with 10.9... also the retarded acceleration curve - smoothmouse app resolves that
  6. Quotenfrau macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    have the same problem. No thumnails for *.flv videos :mad:
    Perian installed.
  7. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    This is news to me. So in 10.9 with no perian support does this mean no thumbnails?
  8. gumblecosby macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
    The Perian creators could release the source code in the future for other developers to pick up the slack. Hopefully 10.9 doesn't make it completely obsolete. It's a testament to how good the program was in that there are no other all in one codec solutions for Mac that enable quicktime (and therefore finder video thumbnails) to recognise video files.

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