Thumbnails


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:

thumbnail settings

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 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.

Disable moving thumbnails

Moving thumbnails can be switched off in the Playout ‘start screen’ settings by ticking the box “Disable moving thumbnail”. Learn more about the Playout start screen settings

2.0 | Static thumbnails

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.

Static vs moving thumbnails on mobile

When the playout is set to display a moving thumbnail, a static thumbnail will only be visible on desktop when the cursor is not hovering over the player. On mobile a static thumbnail will not be visible when moving thumbnail are enabled.

You can either select one of the automatically generated thumbnail images, upload your own image, or choose a frame from the video:

2.1 | Upload an image

To upload a custom image, click ”Select files” and either drag & drop your image 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”:

The media clip will begin to play. To take a snapshot of the preferred frame, click the screen or click “Create thumbnail” on the top left:

The snapshots will be displayed beneath the video. Select a thumbnail, click “done” and save your progress.

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