Generate thumbnails of media files in Windows Explorer
Windows Explorer supports five main modes of display contents of a directory: icons, tiles, content, list, and table, and in the first three Conductor also generates thumbnails for images and video. Sorry, previews are not for all these files. Files less common formats are displayed as simple icons, and to be able to see their thumbnails, you will need the help of third-party programs, which, in fact, will be discussed.
As the first Explorer extensions can be offered SageThumbs is a small free application that allows you to view and generate thumbnails for more than 160 image formats.
In addition, the program provides an opportunity for convenient conversion formats in JPG, GIF, PNG and BMP, as well as send images by e-mail.
After installation you need to configure – enable display of all possible formats, and if you want to add custom.
To generate thumbnails of the videos you can use Icaros or Media Preview. The first program has a more simple interface and allows you to generate thumbnails for formats mkv, mk3d, webm, ogm, ogv, flv, xvid, nodivx, flac and some others. Activating a new configuration, with one click. By the way, Icaros also able to display covers for some types of audio files.
More versatility has free Media Preview. It also allows you to generate thumbnails for multimedia files with a single click, but it supports much more formats than Icaros, in addition, its interface is completely Russified, whereas in Icaros there is only English.
In addition to the video Media Preview supports audio and image files, although their correct display of thumbnails is still not guaranteed. Have this tool and their chips, for example, the creation on the basis of videos and images images in PNG format with a size from 64 to 256 pixels in width, recursively scan folders to add to the list of new extensions, and making sketches.
All three programs are free, they have no problem to find and download on the Internet. However, the absolute guarantee that the program can create thumbnails for all supported formats can be given. For example, in our case, neither SageThumb nor the Media Preview was not able to create thumbnails for PSD and PDF formats, although these formats are both supported.