Create movie thumbnails from linux command line

Get Movie thumbnailer (mtn), extract and build it, or get a binary version.

wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/moviethumbnail/mtn-200808a-linux.tgz
tar xf mtn-200808a-linux.tgz


Get any suitable Truetype font, and extract it to a suitable directory.

wget http://blog.droidzone.in/files/2014/04/Walkway-rounded.ttf
mkdir ~/fonts
mv Walkway-rounded.ttf ~/fonts/

Add the following to ~/.bashrc:

alias mtnd='mtn -f ~/fonts/Walkway-rounded.ttf

Now run mtn:

#mtn -f ~/fonts/Walkway-rounded.ttf filename.avi

Or mtnd:

mtnd 
filename.avi

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