Default video thumbnail extractor of Microsoft generally does a lousy job at getting useful previews of your media files, mostly due to performance considerations. Nevertheless, computers have become powerful enough not to let the matter rest, and Media Preview can help them to provide you the best.
Features of Media Preview 1.3
• Supports The Key Media Formats:
By default, Windows only supports the media file formats developped by Microsoft or for Quicktime, and ignores other popular media formats. Third-party media players fill the gap in terms of playback but usually let the preview functionality on the side-road.
Media Preview is here to bring to your computer the full preview capabilities for all of your media files.
Explorer displays the default media icons for unsupported formats Using Media Preview Explorer eventually displays thumbnails
• Redefines The Uniqueness Of Your Media Files:
While browsing TV series folders, you probably already got sets of identical thumbnails, where the default thumbnail extractor get stuck with the same title sequence.
Media Preview get over this by seeking another sequence of your media files to let you get more information out of them.
Explorer displays the same thumbnail for several related media files Using Media Preview Explorer displays different thumbnails
• Works Everywhere:
Windows comes in 2 different flavors, 32-bit and 64-bit versions, the later not being entirely backward compatible. And one of the main problems with third-party thumbnail extractors is that most only work on the 32-bit version.
Media Preview caters to every versions of Windows so that you won't feel cheated even if you opted for the more performing 64-bit version. Obviously, it also works seamlessly with your local and remote media files.
• Avoids The Monochrome Symptom:
The default video thumbnail extractor usually grabs the first frame of your media files, possibly leading to only display a collection of black thumbnails.
Media Preview is smart enough to detect image relevance using related metrics. If the extracted image is part of a shot transition, Media Preview will go seek the following scene to get a meaningful thumbnail.
• Gets You Free Of System Constraints:
While browsing, you probably encountered some issues like not being able to rename or move a file anymore, because the thumbnail extractor was still running in the background.
Media Preview won't ever remind you of its presence as you'll be able to do what you want with your files.
Explorer gives the error 'File In Use' Using Media Preview Explorer lets you manage your files without error.
• Designed For System Stability And Performance:
Third-party thumbnail extractors use directly the video rendering pipelines of your system and so impose upon you the media solution it's tied to, sometimes invoking a full-blown framework to do the job.
Media Preview remains out of the regular rendering pipeline, lets your delicate playback setup stable and out of harm, doesn't clutter your system with more than needed, but still performs efficiently.
Changes in Media Preview 126.96.36.1993
- Fixed regressions due to the missing C runtime. It should henceforth really be unneeded now...
- x64 OS only: fixed the desktop shortcut link
* Media Preview 188.8.131.521
- Full support of Windows 8
- Support of *.swf file format
* Media Preview 184.108.40.2064
• Rock-solid release:
- Improved the robustness of the core to handle more edge cases without reporting any error to the shell
- Modified the advanced options of the config tool as followed:
* Improved thumbnail adornment overlay management in order to avoid any side-effects on Media Center-like applications
* Added the option to disable file type overlay on thumbnails
Media Preview 220.127.116.111
on 16 March 2013, reviewed by: Rick
Not having thumbnails to preview my video files is an annoyance I've lived with for 6 months. Media Preview solved this problem in less than 6 minutes.
All video files (with all codecs) are now displaying thumbnails on all 3 of my drives.
Media Preview 18.104.22.1684
on 23 July 2012, reviewed by: ENRIQUE
Este plugin es excelente. Funciona de maravilla en mi windows 7 home premium 64 bits !!!. No se si habrĂ¡ otro mejor pero este es excepcional !!
gracias FREE-CODECS !!!
Media Preview 22.214.171.124
on 19 May 2012, reviewed by: djb247365
For me, this is a smaller, yet more effective alternative to K-Lite Codec Pack, simply because of the fact it does a better job at thumbnailing media files than the Icaros Thumbnailer that is now bundled with K-Lite, which is still relatively buggy.
The software is clean, no adware, no virus, a quick install, and is pretty simple to use. Very happy I found this.
I hope it continues to stay updated! Thanks Free-Codecs!