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I am running VLC 2.0.5 on Mac OS X 10.6.8. At this moment, I have a *.mpg video paused, and I would like to know the frame number for this moment in the video. Is there a way to reveal that in VLC?


P.S. I scrubbed back and forth through the video to reach the point it is currently paused at.

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Apple's Quicktime Player 7 (free download @ has a dead-easy way to view frames; all you have to do is click the time in the bottom left corner and select "frames". (It also supports frame-by-frame stepping with the arrow keys.) Such a pity the feature was removed in QTX, the one that ships with OSX 10.6.8. Dont worry, though, you can install then both and they won't interfere with each other.

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just great thanks! works as described on 10.8.4 – marsei Aug 22 '13 at 20:12
I was reluctant to install QT7 on Mavericks, but it's indeed the best solution here. Quick and painless. – May 21 '14 at 16:25

I don't have an OS X version, but it should be similar to the other versions. On Windows select Tools->Media Information. From the window that opens select the "Statistics" tab. Under the video section you'll see the statistics for displayed and lost frames. The frame # should be those two numbers added together.

VLC Screenshot

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That assumes you've played the video from the beginning – Marcus Chan Jan 28 '13 at 17:35
Yes, that is true, but I don't think there is any way to get an absolute frame number. AFAIK that information is not typically embedded in video streams. – heavyd Jan 28 '13 at 17:37
I tried this with a nonstandard frame rate in OSX, and it didn't work at all (by the way, command-I to open it in OSX). I don't think VLC has this feature. – Marcus Chan Jan 28 '13 at 17:42
@heavyd Thanks for the quick reply! I did find the Media Information window, but unfortunately I scrubbed back and forth through the video, so the frame count would not be accurate... – hpy Jan 28 '13 at 18:35
From user Blauhirn: Concerning Tools->Media Information->Statistics: If I compare the frames counter before and after pressing e, the number doesn't increase by 1. (but, instead, randomly by up to 300). Not knowing of another way also, I think it's simply not possible using VLC. – fixer1234 Jul 15 at 3:52

With VLC 2.2 on OS X, one can estimate the frame number as follows:

A. ADDON: Install "Jump to time Previous Frame" via the VLC > Addons Manager. Restart VLC. Use VLC > Extensions > Jump to time (Previous frame) [Get time >>] button to show the HH:MM:SS,mmm lapse time.

B. CALCULATE/ESTIMATE: Convert HH:MM:SS,mmm to total lapsed seconds SS.mmm. Then total_lapsed_seconds * frame_rate_per_second = frame number.

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