Update: 2017-05-16 The latest version of VLC player (3.0+ I think) may have made this trick no longer possible. However, it is possible that the VLC team may in the future make another change to fix it.
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)
- Go to Tools > Preferences > All > Search > Snapshot > Video
- Set ‘Video snapshot directory’ to /$N-$T.png
- 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.