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I am looking for a windows video player with the seek preview feature, like the one in the Hulu player described as follows: "Seek Preview displays a preview thumbnail when the mouse hovers over a spot in the timeline". Any ideas? I haven't noticed this feature in the major video apps like WMP and VLC.

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what version of windows video player do you currently have? – James Hopkins Nov 21 '11 at 9:40

You could use a video editor instead. A lightweight one. Say, something which is only meant for basic cutting and slicing. Absent a truly hardcore nonlinear video player (tm) it's what I am personally using. I would recommend Solveigmm Video Splitter, because it's relatively fast.

I suspect online services like Hulu or YouTube can be much faster about seek previews because they cache the previews. Solveigmm unfortunately does not do this. You'll have to wait for the previews to load everytime you load the video file, and everything you zoom in to a level further than you have been working at.

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I’m voting this up because I did something similar. I recently got a TV tuner for my desktop, but I cannot run the TV program because it requires .NET 4.5 which I don’t have/want installed. I use VirtualDub to watch TV with the tuner, but then I wrote an elaborate AutoHotkey script to turn GraphEdit of all things into a full-fledge, feature-rich TV-viewing program. ☺ – Synetech Dec 3 '12 at 0:53

New KMPlayer has this feature.

You can move the mouse cursor on the time bar to view a thumbnail of that position right away on the screen. The video itself plays on, and the main purpose of the feature is to provide you with better seeking options in the player as you can use it to preview the video position without jumping to it right away.

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Could you give a bit more detail to this answer. Have you used this application before? Thanks – Matthew Williams Apr 3 '14 at 12:47

MPC BE (Media Player Classic Black Edition) has that feature.

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