How to Remove Film Strip (Video Sprockets) From Video Thumbnails in Windows 7

Thumbnails for video files in Windows 7 contain a film strip overlay on the sides which consumes part of the thumbnail image. If you need to remove the video sprockets / film strip effect, there is a registry setting you need to change.

Click Start, type regedit.exe and press {ENTER}


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Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\video

In the right-pane, double-click Treatment and set its value data to 0.

Here are the possible values…

Data Effect
0 No Adornment
1 Drop Shadow
2 Photo Border
3 Video Sprockets

For more details, refer to section "Thumbnail Adornments" in this MSDN documentation.

Exit the Registry Editor.

Logoff and log back in to your account. Filmstrips are now gone!

3 thoughts on “How to Remove Film Strip (Video Sprockets) From Video Thumbnails in Windows 7

  1. This worked on windows vista too. I did not need to log out/in. The change happened as soon as I closed the popup dialogue double clicking treatment gave.

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