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Spin-off projects - MPEGstill
Using ImageMagick to extract a still image from an MPG movie is painfully slow.
Turns out that ImageMagick uses mpeg2decode, that decodes the complete MPG file into separate frames, one file for each frame. Upon completion, ImageMagick throws them all away except for the first...
So I wrote a small program mpegstill, based on libmpeg2 and libmpeg2convert that terminates after the first image.
Now, generating a still image from an MPG movie is blindingly fast.