Saturday, April 4, 2015

Get video thumbnails in OS X Finder for AVI, MKV, etc...

It bothered me a bit that thumbnails for some video files I had would not show up in Finder. Finder would only create thumbnails for video formats/containers that Quicktime supports by default (such as MPEG-4). But there is a way to get around that with the open-source application QLVideo found on GitHub. Once you install that and reboot, thumbnails will start showing up for your videos.

I have been using this with OS X Yosemite 10.10 successfully.


  1. Thank you for this post. It solved my problem immediately, much appreciated.

  2. I have been searching for a fix for this problem for months, and I am so glad I stumbled upon this because it actually works!! Thank you so much!

  3. You are a fucking genius. I had had this problem for years and now its gone. Serioulsly, if you ever need a kidney just call me.