ffmpeg seek

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ffmpeg seek

Post by gorhawk »


I've recently began using XnView because my windows 10 does not generate thumbnails for symlinks to video files.
I had no thumbnails first, but then I installed the ffmpeg addon. Then I realized it will only seek to the first second (00:00:01), and I cannot change that, and it does not respect my percentage settings in MP either (I hame mostly mp4 and other files, but not avi).

Then I wrote a small proxy program for the ffmpeg addon, which transforms the arguments to the ffmpeg executable and uses my personal settings for the seek.
Then I realized that for thumbnails it's better to use input seeking because ffmpeg output seeking is slow depending on the seek position.

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ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -ss 00:00:20 (...) 
is slow because it needs to seek and decode 20 secs into the input file.


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ffmpeg -ss 00:00:20 -i input.mp4 (...) 
Is fast and perfect for generating thumbnails.

Could you incorporate that to the addon? Or perhaps this was your intention at the first place then why didn't it work out? :D

Thanks in advance for the answer, and thank you for the great software!
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Re: ffmpeg seek

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gorhawk wrote:

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ffmpeg -ss 00:00:20 -i input.mp4 -vframes 1 -an -f rawvideo 
i use that for MP version