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ffmpeg should be able to read from URLs as well. Just specify the offset in seconds or HH:MM:SS.msec format for the -ss option: ffmpeg -i http://example.com/video.mp4 -ss 5 -frames:v 1 thumbnail.png This works with other HTML5 containers as well. If you're on a Linux distro, make sure that you don't install ffmpeg via apt-get install ffmpeg, but compile ...

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