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!)

Goals

  • 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)

Implementation

  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.

Result

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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