Creating video thumbnails using ffmpeg

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From: Creating video thumbnails using ffmpeg – Prashanth Ellina.

Creating video thumbnails using ffmpeg

Generating thumbnails/screenshots of a video is useful in many ways. Youtube and many other video sites use this to show a preview of the video as a small thumbnail. Google video captures a series of thumbnails from a video at various time intervals to show a better video preview.

There is a simple way to generate thumbnails in Linux using ffmpeg, a very very useful tool for processing videos. Let us generate a thumbnail for this video. Download the video and rename it to test.avi.

Then, run this command,

This command generates a 320×240 sized PNG thumbnail at the 4th second in the video. The output looks like this.
video thumbnail

If you do not have ffmpeg installed and are using Debian/Ubuntu, do,

A series of thumbnails, at 4, 8, 12 and 16 seconds.
video thumbnail
video thumbnail
video thumbnail
video thumbnail

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