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Old November 3rd, 2016, 10:14 AM   #1
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Forgive me if I've posted this before, it's a solution I've been seeking for a long time and never find quite what I want, and always think "it can't be this hard!".

I go out and shoot for a client. We shoot 100 clips in a day. B-roll, interviews, whatever. I put that in a folder. We shoot again the next week, again, 100 clips, I put that in a different folder. Fast forward a few years and we have 100 folders each with a bunch of clips. They are sort of vaguely organized (by when we shot them and what the subject was). But if you're not me (or this particular client) you'll never be able to find a shot of the library in the rain, unless you were there when we shot it and you can say "yeah, just pull one from the Thanksgiving shoot in 2014, it rained that day and we shot it outside the library".

I'd like to be able to deliver a contact sheet to the client of all their footage (or whatever subset I choose). Multiple folders. Because my camera records every image as 00001.mxf, somewhere, somehow I need to see folder structure. Either on every clip or every page.

After I shoot for a client again next month, I'd like to be able to generate the whole thing again (with the new shots).

In the old days, quicktime files held a poster frame, and you could find a way to steal them and batch them using photo tools (namely photoshop).

MXF files aren't nearly that friendly.

Anyone else running into this desire/problem, and what are you using?
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Old November 3rd, 2016, 04:53 PM   #2
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Re: Video Thumbnails / Contact Sheets

Hi Mike -

I think it was several years ago that I posted about my MovieGrid tool on DV Info. At the time it was very well received. It may do just what you're looking for. Give it a try. It's free, and works well with most codecs. I might even be able to customize it for you if it doesn't give you the results you're looking for.
I need to mention that it is for Windows only.

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