Set Thumbnails on All Types of Video Files

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Setting thumbnails on video files should be done by everyone on windows. They are beautiful and gives us an idea about the movie and specially, video songs. Today, we are going to discuss about setting thumbnails on video files. Most of computer geeks don’t care about this but this is a good thing to do in windows.

What is thumbnail?

Thumbnails let people see a quick snapshot of your video. These are the images which are set on the images, videos to previews their snapshots without actually opening them. In this tutorial, we are discussing about setting thumbnails on video files only. Image files don’t require them as all types of format are easily known by windows. Hence, windows shows their previews by default without any tool or utility.

Why you need to set thumbnails on video but not on images.

As explained above, all formats of images introduced till now are supported by windows. Windows has in-built functionality to preview them.

But, several formats of videos are so new. Windows supports mp4 type only. Video formats like .mkv, .3gp, .mk3d, .ogm, .ogv, .flv, .flac, .ape, .mpc, .mka, .avi, .wmv, etc. are not supported by windows. So you need to install additional software to play them like VLC Media Player. Winamp Player, K-Lite Player, AL Player etc. In the same way, you need to install an addition software to set the thumbnail on them.

How to set thumbnails on all types of video files:

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Icaros is a free, small utility that will make Windows display thumbnails for every known video format. Icaros provides this functionality with just one-click. You can activate and deactivate it any time you want. This is very easy to configure. Features of Icaros are:-

  • Can set thumnails nearly on all Media file types.
  • Activate and deactivate it at any time with one click.
  • Put the extensions of files types which are missing or are new.

Download Link : Download Icaros

How to install and configure Icaros:

Download Icaros tool, install and run the program. Put the file type extensions in the menu by writing “;” followed by “.” and then file type. Click activate. All done!


If you lose the thumbnail preview functionality for video formats that were previously available but no longer showing now, go back and check them again.

Now, open the windows explorer and check the video files and enjoy.

Feel free to ask.

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