use imdb-thumbnailer as movie thumbnailer

Bug #269803 reported by David Prieto
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nautilus (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: nautilus

This is more a request than a bug report, and maybe not specific to nautilus because it requires an additional package to be installed.

I would like Nautilus to use imdb-thumbnailer to create video thumbnails. According to this forum thread (, it searches imdb for covers based on the file names and if no cover is found the default thumbnailer is used.

An example of the results can be seen in this screenshot:

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Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

thank you for your bug report. is this tool available in ubuntu yet? could you argue on why you think it would be better than showing video frames? that's something that should be discussed on the ubuntu-desktop mailing list and not on a bug

Changed in nautilus:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Invalid
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David Prieto (frandavid100-gmail) wrote :

The package is not available in the repositories, but a deb is available at

About why, it's mostly a matter of personal opinion but I believe that the cover is more representative of a movie than a video frame. After all it's the cover (or the poster) you see when you go to the cinema to watch the movie or to the videoclub to rent it. So it's probably easier to recognize it visually through the cover, than through a video file.

Files whose cover is not found still use video frames anyway, so there isn't really a downside to it.

Should I send a message to the mailing list, then?

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Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

you can send a mail to the mailing lists to discuss the idea, you will get an higher number of users comments there

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