[Quick Tip] Get Video Thumbnails For MKV and FLV Files on Windows

Ashish Mundhra

Windows generates thumbnail previews for most of the common video files like AVI, MP4, WMV, etc. But in the recent times, formats like MKV and FLV have been getting popular and most of the online videos or HD movies you download are in these formats.

Windows, by default, does not provide a thumbnail preview for these video file types but here’s a way you can get it done to make your video and movie collection look cooler when you show it to your friends.

Setting Up Media Preview

Step 1: Download and install Media Preview on your computer. As both 32 and 64 bit versions are available, make sure you install the correct one.

Step 2: Launch the program and open the File Formats tab. Here, put a check against all the video file types you want to generate the thumbnails for and press the apply button. If an extension is not available, you can enter it manually using the User Defined section.

media preview

Note: It’s recommended that you don’t enable thumbnail preview for all the file types. Enable them for only a few that you use on regular basis to reduce the load on your explorer indexing service.

Step 3: Now restart your Windows Explorer using Task Manager.

thumbnail generated

That’s all, open the folder which contains your video to see the thumbnail view for all the video file types you enabled from the tool. If you want to add few more formats or change the settings back to Windows default, you can easily do that as well.

Do you have any other trick up your sleeves to perform the task? Tell us.

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Ashish Mundhra

Ashish is a staff writer and video editor at Guiding Tech. He loves all things tech and has a soft corner for Android. Apart from contributing articles here, he also takes care of our YouTube Channel.