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}

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…

DataEffect
0No Adornment
1Drop Shadow
2Photo Border
3Video 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!


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3 Comments

  1. Lance
    said this on Tuesday, July 2nd 2013 3:52 am

    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.

  2. xpclient
    said this on Saturday, September 1st 2012 11:10 am

    Cool. Wish there was a way to change the horrible angled folder thumbnails back to the XP style flat previews.

  3. Fleet Command
    said this on Friday, August 31st 2012 9:24 pm

    Thanks for this bit of information. Now I know how to put them back.

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