Choosing a Thumbnail in Camtasia v 8

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I have searched and searched and I cannot find any adequate answer to how I can change the thumbnail on a video. Camtasia is choosing some random, crappy pic and it looks terrible. Surely there is a solution to this? It seems that a lot of other people have had this question and not even the TechSmith employees have a very good answer. Can anyone help me? I just can't bring myself to embed videos with such a terrible thumbnail.
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Where are you posting it? Often, when you post a video you have an option to also upload and use a thumbnail of your choosing.

Another thing I've noticed is that many sites will use a frame in the first four or five seconds of the video. So I will typically insert what I want as a poster frame and have it at the very beginning for that duration of time.

Cheers... Rick :)
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When you look at your output files you should see a file named identically to your saved name. So if you published using say... FooFoo as the name, it would say FooFoo_First_Frame.png

You might try exporting a frame that you want to see and save it to that location using the same file name and see if it changes things.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Maybe this might be of help.

Do a custom production and in the smart player options under the controller tab

check the "Pause at start" box and chose your image file for the start thumbnail.



Not sure if this will make difference when uploaded to like Youtube or such.

As Rick said, they usually have a option to set your thumbnail once uploaded.

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LOL, before I replied I went through the settings. Somehow missed that one! Sweet!

Too bad that it doesn't allow scrolling and choosing a specific frame from there!
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UPDATE: To my post above.

Setting the thumbnail as shown in my post above only works when viewing your video by way of the smart player (using the html file).

It will not embed your thumbnail image into the video (mp4)  :(

Rick's suggestion to add a image to the first few seconds of your video on the timelime would be the better way to go.

Still do not know if that will make a diffence when upload to a video site ie; Youtube.
I myself just set the thumbnail in Youtube when I upload a vid.

If I am self hosting my video,  I create a html5 page and the css file  and add the thumbnail code to the video code. Pretty easy to do.

I you want to self host your vid and want my basic html5 page with video code and the css file, let me know

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Hi Heather,

Both Rick & Dubie offer great ideas.

For me personally, it depends where I am uploading my video to that determines how I create the thumbnail. When self-hosting I add a chosen .png to the 1st second of my video, this could either be a frame from the timeline or any .png you want to import. To use a frame from the Timeline in C8: Place playhead on the desired frame, go to File>Produce as Special>Export Frame as.....

For Youtube, I add a thumbnail during the upload process in YouTube.

I hope this helps,

Jayne
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It seems Camtasia Studio can't embed a selected frame from the timeline nor an image as 'windows explorer' thumbnail (to embed in the mp4 file), but it is possible to do it using iTunes for example.
Here is how:  imported the video into iTunes, selected 'Get Info' with right mouse click, 'Artwort Tab', clicked 'Add Artwork', selected the image file (created with 'CS9\Share\Export Frame as' and 'OK'.  Now the mp4 file shows the right thumbnail in windows explorer. It would be nice, if we could do it directly from Camtasia.
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Hi all

I'm not sure if anyone is still watching this thread, but in case any are, here goes!

I just found a small piece of software that allows configuring the Thumbnail/Poster Frame for the operating system when the file container type is MP4. The software name is Mp3tag and you can get it from the link below:

http://www.mp3tag.de/en/

The software is free to download, install, and use, although they do happily accept donations. Seems to work a treat. I had a sample file I was using to test with.  Below is a before and after shot of the file I tested with. The shots were taken from the way the video appeared in the Windows 10 File System.



Note that the image of the blocks was not used and does not appear anywhere inside the video file. It was just a separate image I had used elsewhere and was sitting in a folder of my Windows system.

I think I'll create a new post asking TechSmith to allow configuring this from within Camtasia. If the Mp3tag software is capable of making it happen, Camtasia really should be able to do it too.

However, it's worth noting that I took the same file after modifying the Poster Frame and uploaded it to YouTube as well as Vimeo. Even though the Windows 10 operating system now presents the desired Poster Frame, YouTube and Vimeo DID NOT recognize it. So if I wanted the same Poster Frame on those services, I'd need to upload the desired image file there.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I've created a post to ask for this feature. If you want, please go vote for it!

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/configure-thumbnail-image-for-operating-system

Cheers... Rick :)

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