Way, way back in the day, back when photographs required film, processing, and printing, photographers would use contact sheets or contact prints to view all the photos on a roll of film after processing but before printing each photo (both costly and time consuming). Digital photography has all but ended the contact sheet steps, unless you’re a videographer and want to see video clips all in one place.
Enter MovieIndex, a clever Mac app that blends contact sheets from yesteryear with digital video clips. That’s right. Contact sheets from video clips. And the way it works is pure Mac. Grab a video file, a number of video files, or a folder of video clips onto MovieIndex and it spits out a contact sheet from the videos.
MovieIndex handles video file formats including those which run in QuickTime Player and a few others (MTS, MKV, AVI, OGV, Google’s WebM). the contact sheet adjust the image size to match the aspect ratio of the video clip so images are not stretched.
Plus, you have options to choose the number of video clip images in the contact sheet, two modes of image quality, the size of the clip images, page number and background color. You can even print the contact sheet of video clips.
MovieIndex doesn’t cost much, works quickly to convert even up to dozens of video clips at a time, but the real question you have to ask is ‘Why have a contact sheet of video clips?” Once you try it, you’ll see (there is a trial version available) that there’s value in viewing many clips or scenes on a single image vs. scanning back and forth in iMovie or Final Cut Pro X. Think of it as a visual catalog of video clips (and much faster than importing and cataloging all clips into FCPX).