A thumbnail gives viewers a quick impression of the content of your video before the video is played. The Blue Billywig player offers two types of thumbnails:
- Moving thumbnail
A moving thumbnail displays a loop containing a 5 second snippet of the video.
- Static thumbnail
A static thumbnail displays an image. This could be a static image from the video as well as an image uploaded to the OVP manually.
After uploading a new video, both a moving thumbnail is generated as well as several static thumbnails.
To change the thumbnail for a media clip:
- Navigate to the “Media Library”
- Select a video and open the “Thumbnail” tab:
1.0 | Moving thumbnails
A moving thumbnail displays a loop containing a 5 second snippet of the video and are generated automatically. The moving thumbnail skips the first two seconds of the video and then plays the following five seconds in a loop.
On desktop, the moving thumbnail is displayed when viewers hover their cursor over the video player. On mobile devices the thumbnail starts animating once the video is in view.
2.0 | Static thumbnails
A static thumbnail displays a static image before the content is being played. This could be a still from the video as well as an image uploaded to the OVP manually.
There are three ways to set a static thumbnail:
- Upload your own custom image;
- Select one of the automatically generated thumbnail images;
- Select a still from the video;
After selecting your thumbnail it’s possible to download the thumbnail.
2.1 | Upload an image
To upload a custom image, click ”Select files”. Use the drag & drop option to add your image or select from a folder on your computer. Both .jpg as well as .png files are supported.
When the image is uploaded, select it and click “Save” in the bottom right corner.
2.2 | Select a frame from the video
Select a frame from the video by clicking “Select thumbnail from video”:
As the media clip is displayed, take a snapshot of the preferred frame by clicking the screen or “Create thumbnail” on the top left:
The snapshots will be displayed beneath the video. To set one of these snapshots as your thumbnail, select a thumbnail, click “done” and save your progress.
2.3 | Download a thumbnail
In specific cases you might want to use your selected thumbnail for other purposes. To download a thumbnail:
- Hover over the thumbnail you’d like to download;
- Click the download icon;
- The source file will start downloading automatically
2.4 | Add a thumbnail set
Add a thumbnail set with a different dimensions when the player is embedded with an aspect ratio that’s different from the video content itself. The available thumbnail dimensions are:
- Widescreen (21:9)
- Landscape (16:9)
- Photo (3:2)
- Classic TV (4:3)
- Square (1:1)
- Poster (4:5)
- Portrait (9:16)