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Since 1.7.0, ranger supports video previews. More generally, you can define rules in the scope.sh configuration file to convert any file type into an image and display that image as a preview with w3mimgdisplay.
Video previews are disabled by default. To turn them on:
- install w3mimgdisplay. It's used to draw images into the terminal. On archlinux, the package is called "w3m", on debian it's "w3m-img"
- install ffmpegthumbnailer. It's used to generate a thumbnail of a video
- get a recent scope.sh config file, e.g. by typing
- Uncomment the rule in the scope.sh below the line "Image preview for videos, disabled by default:"