Looking for a video player like YouTube's.

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skyglider Veteran Member • Posts: 6,355
Looking for a video player like YouTube's.

I've been using the VLC video player which is great but it doesn't show stills while hovering over the progress bar. For example, when playing a video on YouTube, if I hover over the progress bar, thumbnails will display which allows quickly scanning the video to see what it contains.

When I shoot video to be edited later, I will shoot more clips than I need for the actual video. I want to find a video player that will show thumbnails while hovering over the progress bar. That would allow quickly scanning the clips and allow discarding the clips that will not be used in the final production.

Anyone know of a video player for Windows that will display thumbnails while hovering over the progress bar?

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NickZ2016 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,629
Re: Looking for a video player like YouTube's.

Doesn't your NLE give you something like that? With Resolve on the media page if you move your mouse the video moves with the mouse. Not stills but super fast viewing.

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foot Veteran Member • Posts: 4,753
emby media player will do it

skyglider wrote:

I've been using the VLC video player which is great but it doesn't show stills while hovering over the progress bar. For example, when playing a video on YouTube, if I hover over the progress bar, thumbnails will display which allows quickly scanning the video to see what it contains.

When I shoot video to be edited later, I will shoot more clips than I need for the actual video. I want to find a video player that will show thumbnails while hovering over the progress bar. That would allow quickly scanning the clips and allow discarding the clips that will not be used in the final production.

Anyone know of a video player for Windows that will display thumbnails while hovering over the progress bar?

emby media player will do it, but I'm sure if it's what you want

on my laptop, running from the microsoft "edge" browser, it also allows the user to select video playback speed (both faster or slower).The audio will also play faster or slower with the video

the navagation with thumbnails is pretty fast, nice and smooth...

there would be startup learning curve to figure out the workflow...you'd have to save a copy of the video in a specific folder and then run the emby program to index it so Emby knows about it...

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OP skyglider Veteran Member • Posts: 6,355
Re: Looking for a video player like YouTube's.

NickZ2016 wrote:

Doesn't your NLE give you something like that? With Resolve on the media page if you move your mouse the video moves with the mouse. Not stills but super fast viewing.

My goal is to eliminate video clips before importing into the video editor since I always have a "lot" more clips than I will use in the final production.  But I've been meaning to switch to D.Resolve so I will give it a try for screening out unwanted clips.  Thanks.

OP skyglider Veteran Member • Posts: 6,355
Re: emby media player will do it

foot wrote:

skyglider wrote:

I've been using the VLC video player which is great but it doesn't show stills while hovering over the progress bar. For example, when playing a video on YouTube, if I hover over the progress bar, thumbnails will display which allows quickly scanning the video to see what it contains.

When I shoot video to be edited later, I will shoot more clips than I need for the actual video. I want to find a video player that will show thumbnails while hovering over the progress bar. That would allow quickly scanning the clips and allow discarding the clips that will not be used in the final production.

Anyone know of a video player for Windows that will display thumbnails while hovering over the progress bar?

emby media player will do it, but I'm sure if it's what you want

on my laptop, running from the microsoft "edge" browser, it also allows the user to select video playback speed (both faster or slower).The audio will also play faster or slower with the video

the navagation with thumbnails is pretty fast, nice and smooth...

there would be startup learning curve to figure out the workflow...you'd have to save a copy of the video in a specific folder and then run the emby program to index it so Emby knows about it...

Thanks for the Emby suggestion.  However, judging from your last paragraph, I don't think it will work for me since I don't want to run a program to index before scanning.  Thanks though for your response.

Sean Nelson
Sean Nelson Forum Pro • Posts: 15,933
Re: Looking for a video player like YouTube's.

skyglider wrote:

NickZ2016 wrote:

Doesn't your NLE give you something like that? With Resolve on the media page if you move your mouse the video moves with the mouse. Not stills but super fast viewing.

My goal is to eliminate video clips before importing into the video editor since I always have a "lot" more clips than I will use in the final production. But I've been meaning to switch to D.Resolve so I will give it a try for screening out unwanted clips. Thanks.

I've found Resolve to work pretty nicely for vetting clips, especially if you have the Speed Editor keyboard with its jog/shuttle dial.  The latest Resolve versions have a "Cut Page" that's specifically designed to be used with the Speed Editor to rapidly cut and assemble clips.

One of it's features is a "Source Tape" mode that virtually stitches all of your clips together as if you had recorded them all on a long videotape one after another.   You can then use the jog/shuttle dial to rapidly move within and between clips, using the Metadata panel to mark which ones you want to keep using the "Good Take" property.

There are options to organize the order and grouping of clips within this virtual "source tape" by date/time, by camera, by name, or other attributes, and once you've marked all the clips you can sort them by their "Good Take" property to group all of the rejects together and easily delete them from your project, or perhaps move into a separate "Rejects" bin.

If you don't have a Speed Editor, there's a virtual jog/shuttle dial that you can use by clicking the mouse on it, holding the mouse button down, and then using the mouse to repeatedly drag / liftback / drag / liftback.  Not quite as nice as the dial, but serviceable and, IMHO, smoother for review purposes than trying to just grab the viewer playhead and scrub it back and forth.

OP skyglider Veteran Member • Posts: 6,355
Re: Looking for a video player like YouTube's.

Sean Nelson wrote:

skyglider wrote:

NickZ2016 wrote:

Doesn't your NLE give you something like that? With Resolve on the media page if you move your mouse the video moves with the mouse. Not stills but super fast viewing.

My goal is to eliminate video clips before importing into the video editor since I always have a "lot" more clips than I will use in the final production. But I've been meaning to switch to D.Resolve so I will give it a try for screening out unwanted clips. Thanks.

I've found Resolve to work pretty nicely for vetting clips, especially if you have the Speed Editor keyboard with its jog/shuttle dial. The latest Resolve versions have a "Cut Page" that's specifically designed to be used with the Speed Editor to rapidly cut and assemble clips.

One of it's features is a "Source Tape" mode that virtually stitches all of your clips together as if you had recorded them all on a long videotape one after another. You can then use the jog/shuttle dial to rapidly move within and between clips, using the Metadata panel to mark which ones you want to keep using the "Good Take" property.

There are options to organize the order and grouping of clips within this virtual "source tape" by date/time, by camera, by name, or other attributes, and once you've marked all the clips you can sort them by their "Good Take" property to group all of the rejects together and easily delete them from your project, or perhaps move into a separate "Rejects" bin.

If you don't have a Speed Editor, there's a virtual jog/shuttle dial that you can use by clicking the mouse on it, holding the mouse button down, and then using the mouse to repeatedly drag / liftback / drag / liftback. Not quite as nice as the dial, but serviceable and, IMHO, smoother for review purposes than trying to just grab the viewer playhead and scrub it back and forth.

Thanks Sean.  I'll refer back to your post as I try D.Resolve to vet my clips.

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