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Joined: 02 May 2020, 20:01

24 Apr 2021, 18:05

I'm using VTM since years and think it's an excellent tool.

1. There is no option to save environmental settings (ES).
2. There is no option to select ES on command line.

I normally do the following:
0. prepare a folder with new video files (e. g. change names, remove unwanted characters or words etc.)
1. start VTM, import my "Settings_Thumbs,vtm" (which e. g. sets a 5*4 matrix)
2. switch to ES and change "Add custom suffix" to "_thumbs"
3. start VTM to process my files
4. import "Settings_Single.vtm" (which selects a single matrix)
5. switch to ES and change "Add custom suffix" to "_scene"
6. start VTM to process my files

That means, ES are dependant on the matrix type i use and should be integrated to "Options"!

I am developing my personal video database with Access, similar to VTX but closer to my needs...
After importing a folder with new videos (see step 0. above) I would like to start VTM from my app to create both thumnails (steps 1 to 3) and sceneshots (steps 4 to 6) (or even to create sceneshots e. g. every 20secs. or 30 shots per video, numbered starting with _s00001 suffix to video file name or _shh-mm-ss).

Now I need to do that manually or within my program. Would be much nicer to do it with VTM automatically.

BTW: With my 1-to-6 schema above is need to process a new folder twice. What abóut doing it in one run of VTM (because VTM openes the video files two times now)?

Thanks in advanve for your answer!
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27 Apr 2021, 13:10


Thank you for your feedback.

1) Environment settings are stored in the Windows registry branch:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\SUU Design\Video Thumbnails Maker\Environment
As a workaround you can create a simple windows bat file to change values before running the VTM.
Not the best solution, so please have a look into point 2).

2) Please check your private messages ;)
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Joined: 02 May 2020, 20:01

27 Apr 2021, 15:02

Thanks a lot !
Bit complicated, but I think it's possible to do it...
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Joined: 14 Dec 2018, 19:55

18 Jul 2021, 21:32

Probably my request will be similar, so I would like to bump this topic.

Is there an option (or plans to implement) to add keys to program software to load preset automatically.
So in result we could create two shortcuts that will automatically apply templates for current task.
DragNDrop on first shortcut > creates images with template1, do same on second - another template used.

Could improve workflows for sure.
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Joined: 26 May 2022, 04:29

26 May 2022, 04:32

I agree that the ability to save the filename suffix to a settings file would be very convenient. I sometimes do a jpeg summary, a matching vtm summary, and a more extensive screenlist per file and give each a different suffix. More than once I've had to re-create a folder's vtm content because I forgot to go change the suffix after loading the Settings.
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Joined: 20 Nov 2019, 02:16

14 Sep 2022, 15:47

As much as I figure from reading this topic, basic request here is to make sure that all the jpgs have the right suffixes.

If saving environment presets seems like an overkill, simpler solution would be to add flag to define specific suffix for the filename.

Example: automation script ot BAT file sends commands to VTM to create multiple images of the same video/s using different presets (ex.cover+sheet), but all the images are named by same filename and the first gets created, but others just get skipped, because VTM thinks that they already exist.

This can be solved by renaming jpg after creation, before moving to the next. But makes what should of been 2 lines BAT file into much more complicated script and it turns out that however I write it, errors ocurre during renaming process. I think that renaming every file after creation makes little sense. Instead the files should be named by VTM exactly as specified.
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