Using the Photos app on macOS Big Sur, when I play a video in my library, I see this as the playback bar. screenshot

However, according to various guides I see on the web, the playback bar ought to look something like this.


What is the issue here? Is this a change in Big Sur? I am looking for the options that the gear menu usually provides like 'Trim' and 'Export Frame to Pictures'.

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    It looks like it has been removed in macOS Big Sur, I'am currently looking for Photos.app changelog so I can confirm (I only saw few people saying this on different forums). You still can Trim a video by clicking on the Edit button on the top right hand corner of the application's window and also on Quicktime.app with CMD⌘+T. Concerning the Export Frame to Pictures, a bit tricky but you can succeed by opening the video with Quicktime.app, pause the video at the desired timecode and copy/paste the current image to a new Preview.app file. You can also use iMovie.app to do it.
    – tama
    Commented Feb 18, 2021 at 19:58
  • @tama Ah, that's unfortunate... not so straightforward. I ended up using VLC to do it, in fact. Thanks for checking into this though.
    – Noldorin
    Commented Feb 18, 2021 at 20:24
  • This answer no longer works for Big Sur, as the gear icon is gone. Maddening... apple.stackexchange.com/questions/345713/…
    – pkamb
    Commented Nov 16, 2021 at 3:16


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