|It isn't clear to me what that program ("Icaros") does.|
The post calls it "a collection of lightweight, high quality,
Windows Shell Extensions". I interpret that to mean a
separate shell extension is installed in Windows for each
filetype (coincidentally identified by filename "extension")
selected within the program. I recognize about half of the
filetypes listed as either audio or video formats. I don't
recall seeing the other half before. Why one might want
to replace the image of a video with a "thumbnail" isn't
apparent to me.
I don't see any indication in the two screenshots that a
different thumbnail can be associated with each different
filetype. Nor do I see any way to select an image to use.
I surmise that the image of the spherical planet-like bodies
in space is used, and the portion of that image used is
determined by the "offset" adjustment visible in the first
These thumbnails appear to be used in a media player
named "FFmpeg", which I never heard of before. As far as
I can see, no other media player is mentioned. If Icaros
works with any media player, the post doesn't say so.
I'm wildly guessing that Icaros will replace the icon for
any filetype with a selected image or portion of an image,
so that if a media player displays the filetype icon of a
file which has no embedded or associated cover art, it
will display the selected image instead. And this same
image will show up beside the filename in Windows
So, since you are suggesting this as a way to replace the
ugly traffic cone in VLC, I surmise that VLC can be set to
display the filetype icon when cover art isn't found. I don't
recall seeing that option. But it is well over a year now
since I last had my hands on my Windows 7 computer.
What I do recall is that way back in Windows 98 SE, WMP
would squish down to a thin rectangle when there was no
video signal, just audio. For me, that was perfect. I might
want some details about the audio during playback, but
unless I was doing some kind of testing or making some
kind of adjustments, rather than just listening, I would
never want that information animated in any way. That
is, I wouldn't want the name of the selection and the name
of the artist constantly scrolling by or replacing each other
at intervals. With a full-size monitor and a media player
window that isn't completely squished down to nothing,
there is plenty of room to display a title, date, composer,
and whatever without distracting text animations. Which
I complained about in WMP several years ago.
Come to think of it, I used VLC in Ubuntu, but I don't
recall just now if I also installed it in Windows. Hmmm.
-- Jeff, in Minneapolis
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