Cover Art

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I just made my first video - so a newbie question here.  How do I chose the cover art for the video? By that I mean the image that shows before someone begins the video.  Thank you for any assistance you can provide. Sandy
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Hey Sandy, that's going to depend on the platform you upload to. For example, with YouTube, Vimeo & Wistia, you'll upload your video first, then upload a custom thumbnail that will be displayed first.

If you aren't using a video hosting platform, the only way to accomplish this is to actually put a splash screen (cover art) at the beginning of your video for at least 1 frame, before rendering/producing the video.
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Thank you!
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I thought your question was simpler than that.
Camtasia comes with "Assets" in its Library (2nd from the top on the left menu).
By cover art I thought you were referring to Intros and Outros of which Camtasia has several ready for you, as well as Music Tracks to make it grab the ear as soon as one starts.
Place an Intro onto your timeline on a different track than your video and then add the text or pictures you want. Then you can overlap the tracks so that your cover can fade, dissolve, rotate or whatever, into your presentation. The same goes for the outro. The music track can be truncated and faded using the Audio menu on the left.
In addition, you can play with Behaviors as well, to introduce your video.
Then, as KD says above, you go to Share on the top menu in order to render your Camtasia production into a complete clip.
If you get really interested, Camtasia has more Assets on its website, and a few are free.
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Hi - Thank you - I have used an intro & matching outro. I put the video on my Google Drive to share with co-workers for comments.  The image that shows before beginning the video is just a random part of the middle of the video.  I thought there would be a simple setting somewhere for a cover picture. I'm probably not describing this very well...sorry...
Sandy
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Perhaps the video below helps?

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ah videos do help explain things :) Thank you Rick and everyone who has responded to this question.