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Icaros can provide Windows Explorer thumbnails, for essentially any video media format supported by FFmpeg, this includes popular filetypes such as: Mkv, Flv, Avi, Mp4, Mov, Rmvb, M2ts, Ogm etc. Besides the FFmpeg supported filetypes, Icaros also contains custom parsers, which can produce Cover Art thumbnails for Mkv, Flac, Ape, and Mpc files. Icaros also provides Windows Explorer properties for the following popular filetypes: Mkv, Flv, Ogm, Ogv, Ogg, Flac, Ape, and Mpc. Requires .NET 4.0.

Version:3.0.2 / 3.0.3 Beta 2
Released:Oct 22,2017
File size:8.4MB
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3.0.2 / 3.0.3 Beta 2 (October 22, 2017)


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[Icaros v.3.0.3 Beta 2]

- Fixed decoding of H264 444 files (no more gray frames)
- Added some additional error checks to the Icaros Cache Indexer
- Updated default page colors
- Updated to VS 2017
- Updated FFmpeg

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Great software. Really easy to use and a fantastic UI. Thanks!

One suggestion - would be great if Icaros could flatten out VR video thumbnails instead of showing the double fisheye lens view.

Jan 7, 2018 Version: 3.0.3 Beta 2 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Just a big THANKS! Icaros gave me back the thumbnails in my Temp file from mp4.

Dec 24, 2017 Version: 3.0.2 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

No comments. Rating it only.

Aug 30, 2017 Version: 3.0.2 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Hi gaveitatry,

Please contact me directly with issues like these. I'm just one developer and I only have my spare time to work on Icaros,
but I'll gladly answer your questions and help you with problems, if you contact me via mail or through the dedicated Icaros subforum.
You can find links to both in the Icaros GUI on the About page, or here: Xanashi[at]gmail[dot]com.

Now as for your issue with the thumbnail adornments (movie reel borders):
These borders are added by Windows and not by the shell extensions themselves. Icaros only provides an image to Windows Explorer,
which is then post-processed by Windows, where it sometimes crops and adds borders to the thumbnails.

It is possible to enable/disable these borders/adornments via the Windows Registry. This affects all thumbnails instantly,
and can be applied to entire media genres (video/image/music files) or single filetypes (mp4, mkv, flv etc).

If you contact me, I can give you some more info on how to accomplish this using regedit.
The next version of Icaros will give the option to turn the video reel adornment on and off for video files.

To sum up, both bugs are not really related to Icaros, as it completely up to Windows how the adornments of every file
is handled.

I won't force you to continue troubleshooting this if you have everything working now, but you are more than
welcome to write to me if you wish to revisit these issues and find a solution.

Jun 11, 2016 Version: 3.0.0 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

UPDATE: Jun 10, 2016

Yeah there is definitely two bugs that I can see.

Bug #1 - Yesterday, when I had a MP4 video on my desktop, refreshing the desktop removed the reel decoration. For some reason, that is not happening today. However today, if I cleared my cache, it gave all my PNG images on my desktop a reel decoration. But if I refreshed my desktop, the reel decoration disappeared from two of my four PNG images. Wwhy half? why not all of them? Why won't the reel decorations stick? Why do they disappear on desktop refreshes? This inconsistency is so weird and frustrating.

Bug #2 - I have PNG excluded (by default), but I still get reel decorations on some of my PNG images. I don't remember if Icaros always put reel decorations over PNG images or not. But if I have PNG listed in Excluded, shouldn't that prevent PNG files from getting reel decorations? I associate reel decorations with movies not images. It would be nice to just see the images themselves without any reel decorations on them.

UPDATE: Jun 11, 2016

I reinstalled Media Preview and enabled Image Thumbnail Adornmenet with Border Style disabled and that got rid of the reel decorations on all my images. So that solved that problem. Media Preview has me interested now because I always thought that it was a bad program because it always showed a 123 on the bottom right corner in their screenshots and I didn't want numbers with my reel decorations. But I was wrong. There are no numbers. It's just like the reel decorations in Icaros. Now that I am getting more familiar with Media Preview, I might give it a chance some time. For now I will disable it and see if Icaros does what I need it to do. I've been using Icaros for years and I solved the problem with remembering window size and position and I solved the problem with reel decorations on PNG files. So I might be good now. Glad I got it all worked out... hopefully. Only time will tell.

UPDATE: Jun 11, 2016

I spoke too soon. Now I can't get those reel decorations to appear on my MP4 files using Icaros. I am starting to think that I need to use Media Preview instead. So I will install it once again. This time I will uninstall Icaros first an see if Media Preview will do what I need it to do.

UPDATE: Jun 11, 2016

I uninstalled Icaros. Insalled Media Preview. (By the way, I always do clean installs. I delete registry files and hidden AppData folders.) Media Preview seems to be working flawlessly. I get the reel decorations on MP4 files just like I wanted, and Desktop refreshes don't make the reel decorations disappear. Conclusion: Media Preview works just like I need it to and Icaros failed me. Making the switch now. No more Icaros for me. Thanks though. I am glad that Icaros is still around. Media Preview hasn't been updated since 2014 and if it ever quits working maybe you guys can carry the torch and get yours working and then there will still be a program out there for generating video thumbnails. But that's only if you get yours working. Keep at it. Hope you get it working perfectly one day.

Jun 11, 2016 Version: 3.0.0 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 4/10

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