Simple VLC Snapshots with Timecodes

I have very few complaints about VLC, but one thing that irks me every time I install VLC I have to change the snapshot settings to something useful because the default settings are disappointing to say the least. (VLC developers if you are reading–please make the following the default!)


  • Save snapshots in the same folder as the video.
  • Save snapshots with a time code (timestamp of where in the video the snapshot can be found)


  1. Go to Tools > Preferences > All > Search > Snapshot > Video
  2. Set ‘Video snapshot directory’ to /$N-$T.png
  3. Set ‘Video snapshot file prefix’ to be EMPTY.


Taking a snapshot inside of lesson_08_ruby_on_rails_tutorial_3rd_edition.mp4 at 55 minutes and 55 seconds will result in a snapshot (in the same folder as the video) named lesson_08_ruby_on_rails_tutorial_3rd_edition.mp4-00_55_55.png.  Finally. Beautiful and useful snapshot names. This is simply brilliant and a simple solution to some obvious VLC design constraints.

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