Replace totem-video-thumbnailer with ffmpegthumbnailer - 15x Speed Increase

Onkar Shinde onkarshinde at
Sun May 30 18:29:10 UTC 2010

On Sun, May 30, 2010 at 11:24 PM, Rich Jones <rich at> wrote:
> Saw this recent post about switching from totem-video-thumbnailer to
> ffmpegthumbnailer and receiving a massive boost of speed:
> Though I should bring it to your attention here, perhaps this could be
> replaced as the default. I notice that thumbnailing is very slow in Ubuntu,
> and this is a massive improvement, so I think it's probably at least worth
> investigation.

Ubuntu doesn't ship ffmpeg on CDs. Also ffmpegthumbnailer is in
universe and not in main. Further, if you check the comment by Jillian
on the blog post you mentioned, you can see that ffmpegthumbnailer
does not understand the file names in the format in which nautilus
passes them.


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