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Video Thumbnails Maker

The latest version of the program is available in the Downloads section of the site.

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8+ is required to run the appliaction.

Video Thumbnails Maker allows you to create thumbnail sheets (caps, previews, screenlists), animations and screenshots of video files. The utility can be used for home-video cataloging and for network video sharing support.

You can even create animated thumbnail sheets!
Here is a demonstration page with examples.

And here is a scaled example (you can use video controls to see it fullscreen, the filesize is small, the duration is 4 seconds):

You can learn more about animated thumbnail sheets in these videos:

The latest animation features

Animation basics

Video Thumbnails Maker consists of:

Video Thumbnails Maker itself = MAKER
Pictures Thumbnails Viewer = VIEWER

The main advantage of the VIEWER is the ability to start related video-file right from a thumbnail sheet.
Moreover, you can start the video from the moment from which the thumbnail shot was taken!
VTX picture files are required to be generated.

VTX Feature Demonstration

Start The Scene in a Single Touch


Main window
Options window (F2)
Environment window (F3)
Animation interface
Choose shots manually

Clickable Examples:

Preset #1

Preset #2

Preset #3

Preset #4

Preset #5

More clickable Examples:

Example #1

Example #2

Key features of the program:

Support of multi-core CPU, please find the difference on the chart.
Support of the batch processing of video files.
Support of practically any video file format. HDR 10-bit support, AV1, 4:2:0, 4:2:2, etc.
4 rendering engines, 2 of them use built-in (embedded) codecs.
Light speed fast Ultimate engine does not require any codecs from your side.
30 Special matrices. Special matrix is a matrix where large and small frames are mixed.
"Construction set" feature allows you to arrange big/small/empty tiles in any way.
Codec-independent Choose shots manually interface.
You can pause/continue or stop an active job at any moment.
You can create continuous animations (with or w/o a sound) in MP4 (H.264 / H.265), WebP, WebM, OGV (Theora) and GIF formats. All formats are supported by popular browsers and by the VIEWER.
You can even create Animated thumbnail sheets in those formats. Here is the difference between formats.
You can use the "Choose shots manually" interface to manually select which scenes to animate and set duration for each scene separately.
Maximum animation length is 2 minutes, you can create animations from different parts of your video.
The VIEWER allows you to start related video-file right from the thumbnail sheet.
Moreover, you can start the video from the moment from which the thumbnail shot was taken!
You can use VTM right from Videonizer to create Screenlists in a batch.
Momentary rendering (preview) for your settings right in the Options window! Maximum freedom for your creativity.
"Timeline Flow" control. You can choose between "Row by Row", "Column by Column" and even "Shuffle times" options.
You can import/export VTM Options (*.vtm). Double click on Options file in your file manager to open VTM with the imported Options.
You can create Screenlists for remote video files without downloading them (HTTP URLs).
You can save tiles to separate files.
You can combine several thumbnail sheets into a single picture "packs".
You can choose your own image as a background.
Watermarks (alpha-channels and transparency are supported). Make your own style.
"Fit screen" option (auto adjustment of the shots to fit your screen resolution).
VTM can automatically adjust your Simple Matrix for Vertical Videos to fit the screen.
Special effects (drop shadow, gray scale, cut edges, tile outlines).
Customizable fonts, colors, contours, shadows, frames, background, text.
"Stamp time in shots" option (5 different locations, transparency, contour).
Audio/Video information stamp option (4 different locations and customizable configurations).
Export of Audio/Video technical details to CSV, XML and VTT (WebVTT) file formats is supported.
Information about Subtitles.
"Try to substitute black frames" option.
"Custom comment" option.
You can create GIF slideshows and animations.
9 interface languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Slavic, Turkish, Chinese).
Command Line Interface support.
Hot keys, hints in tooltips.
and much more...

Command Line Interface

VideoThumbnailsMaker.exe [flags] [preset.vtm] video1|folder1 [video2|folder2] ...

If optional [preset.vtm] file is not specified, the program will use your latest GUI options.
Environment settings are taken from the main program.


Video Thumbnails Maker can be used to generate thumbnail sheets (Screenlists) for Videonizer items. Interaction between VTM and Videonizer is demonstrated below:

Quick screenlists in Videonizer

You can even generate animated screenlists right in Videonizer using Video Thumbnails Maker:

Introduction of Multimedia view in Videonizer 4

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