A thumbnail gives viewers a quick impression of the content of your video. When uploading a new video, a moving thumbnail is generated by default. You can also choose to use a static thumbnail image.

1.0 | Moving thumbnails

Moving thumbnails 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 thumbnail animates when viewers hover their cursor over the video player, and on mobile devices the thumbnail animates once the video is in view.


Moving thumbnails can be switched off in the Playouts settings by ticking the box “Disable moving thumbnail”.

2.0 | Static thumbnails

To use a static thumbnail, remember to disable moving thumbnails in Playout settings. On the Thumbnail tab of the media clip, you can choose an auto-generated thumbnail image, upload your own image, or choose a frame from the video.

2.1 | Upload an image

In the Thumbnail tab, you’ll see some preselected images as well as the option ”Select files” to upload your own image. Either drag & drop your image here or select from a folder on your computer. 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 by clicking “Select thumbnail from video” in the top left corner. The media clip will begin to play. To take a snapshot of the frame that you like, simply click the screen or click “Create thumbnail” on the top left. The snapshots will be displayed beneath the video. Choose one and click Save in the bottom right corner.

Creating a thumbnail

Updated on December 30, 2020

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