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I have a video file and want to make a screenshot series like this one

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Which program can be used for that? Is there any command-line tool?

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Your example was done in Media Player Classic. While playing the video simply go to File -> Save Thumbnails.

FFmpeg can also do this.

ffmpeg -i <input_file> -f image2 -vcodec mjpeg img%d.jpg

this will make a series of images named img1.jpg, img2.jpg, etc.

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Damn, you edited your answer ;) – Gnoupi Nov 13 '09 at 14:22
Yeah I never checked his example his explanation sounded good enough. Then I checked it and saw Media Player Classic across it in giant letters. – John T Nov 13 '09 at 14:28

If you are using Linux then Video Contact Sheet *NIX is an excellent wrapper around a number of utilities to automate making thumbnail sheets with a decent set of options for customising the output. If you are using Windows/Max/BSD then you may have less luck with it, though the creator states that better support for other OSs is planned in later versions.

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+1 for a tool that just gets the job done. Thank you! – c089 May 14 '10 at 13:46

You can use montage command merge pictures,

and there is the useage:

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