Windows Explorer or File Explorer, the default file browser in Windows operating system, comes with thumbnail view so that users can quickly see preview of each file in the Explorer without having to open it.
Although this is a fantastic feature of Windows Explorer, the problem is that Windows Explorer doesn’t show thumbnails for all file formats. Only a handful number of formats are supported out of the box. Because of this, the beautiful thumbnail preview looks not so good at times. For instance, Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 doesn’t support thumbnails for MKV and FLV files out of the box (support has been added in Windows 10).
Media Preview is a free utility developed to show Windows Explorer thumbnails for most video, audio, and image file formats.
Show thumbnails for audio and video formats
Media Preview adds thumbnails support for close to 50 video formats, including .mkv, .3gp, .flv, .ogv, .move, and .rm. Likewise, you can enable thumbnails support over 25 audio formats. And finally, it’s useful to add support for a bunch of image file formats as well.
Installing and setting up the tool is fairly simple. After installing Media Preview, you just need to select the file formats for which you would like to add Explorer thumbnail support.
Media Preview comes with a handy Live Testing feature to test if the newly added formats are properly showing thumbnails. In addition to that, there is an option to clear the thumbnail cache, very useful if the thumbnails aren’t appearing as they should. We recommend you clear the cache once after enabling support for all file formats.
This tool lets you select a cool border style for video, audio, and picture files. The default border style can be changed by navigating to the Advanced tab of Media Preview.
All in all, it’s a fantastic utility to have, especially if you have loads of multimedia files on your PC.
The download size of Media Preview is about 15 MB. Media Preview is compatible with all recent versions of Windows operating system both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and the newest Windows 10.