How can I get thumbnail images of .mov video files to show in the 'my videos' library in windows 7?

My digital camera only takes .MOV video files.

I can upload them to my Windows 7 PC no problem, but when I'm in the 'my videos' library, all my old .AVI video files (from a previous camera) show as thumbnails of the actual video (which is really handy for quickly identifying what the video is about), but all my new .MOV files only show as an icon of a hot air balloon on a film strip behind a muscial note (which I guess is just the symbol for a multi-media file).

I'd like to be able to view thumbnails for .MOV video files as well... PLEASE CAN YOU HELP!!!???


I found a solution for this issue on windows 7 64 bits !

I changed and added a few key to the registry to fix this preview thing:


_ HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mov\shellex\
where I only had 2 key inside the shellex.

_I looked inside the mpeg shellex ( because mpeg would generate good thumbnails:
where it had 3 keys

_SO what I tried was to copy those 3 key and replace my .mov shellex 3 key with those.

this is what you can do:

-open regedit
-right click on:   HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mov\shellex\
then export it ( it will be your backup in case it doesn't work or you mess up something you will just have to click on it to instal it again.

- remove the "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mov\shellex\ "KEY

-open notepad

-paste the following in your notepad file:

-----------------------don't paste this line-------------------------

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00





-----------------------don't paste this line-------------------------

-save it under whatevername.reg ( be sure to use "all file" kind of type file.)

-double click on the reg file you just saves you just saved , it will reinstal the shellex inside the .mov key here:
with the right keys and stuff.

-close regedit

-open a folder containing your .MOV, refresh the files several times to be sure, it should be working.

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Last updated September 18, 2020 Views 37,039 Applies to: