Does anyone know of a program, or feature in VLC, that allows you to skip smoothly from frame to frame when dragging the progress bar? Right now, when I drag it in VLC, it jumps several frames.

  • Question slightly unclear? Are you looking for an incremental step through the frames. Usually that would mean using the keyboard to go to the next frame. Does it have to be a progress bar?
    – eLouai
    Feb 16, 2015 at 17:57
  • This isn't really on-topic here, you have a better chance if you ask this at Software Recommendations
    – MoritzLost
    Feb 16, 2015 at 17:59
  • @Gin-San Really? Don't think so, because people who interessted creating video also have to know how to playback.
    – p2or
    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:26
  • Hmm ... I guess you're right.
    – MoritzLost
    Mar 25, 2015 at 12:01

1 Answer 1


mpv has very good real-time scrubbing using the mouse on the on-screen controls.

It also has seek-while-paused, and accurate-seek (decode-from-prev-keyframe) for seeking backward by 1sec. Also frame-step backward and forward. (controls: , and .).

It also has an A/B loop keybind, where you can easily get it looping over a part of the video.

So basically it has a lot of features that are great for reviewing a video frame-by-frame looking for problems, or stuff like that.

It's still in active development, make sure you get an up-to-date version for the most features and bugfixes. I've only used it on GNU/Linux, but I understand it works on Windows and OS X, too.

  • Never heard of it, thanks peter - looks promissing. Do you using it for daily work?
    – p2or
    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:24
  • Video is just a hobby for me (unless anyone would like to pay me to wrestle ffmpeg into doing what they need, or something...). But yeah, I use it for all my video-watching, after switching from mplayer. (I've always been a command line guy, but using it from file-associations in a graphical shell works too. I do that occasionally when I have a directory of annoying-to-tab-complete filenames.) I also use it for some of my audio-playback needs, when I just want to play a file, and don't need a playlist manager. Mar 25, 2015 at 8:29
  • Makes sense, Thanks Peter - will try it. BTW: Who can I ask to pay you? :)
    – p2or
    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:34
  • I'm open to freelance contracts. I don't have a regular job ATM. Mar 25, 2015 at 8:41
  • Hehe, sorry just a joke - thought we could write tons of spam mails to the ffmpeg crew, so they pay you :)
    – p2or
    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:49

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.