CS8 - start screen thumbnail - use specific timeline frame

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CS8 - is it possible to select a specific point in my video to use as the start-screen thumbnail (when producing using an HTML wrapper w/ contoller interface)?

I like to often use fade-ins at the very start of my videos, but this leads to a blank HTML start-screen thumbnail by default. I do know I can select a specific image file to use too... but this would require me to screen-capture a video frame to a still-image file, and then use that file... a bit kludgy!

A great feature would be to allow one to select a particular video frame (selected by timeline position) to use as the start-screen thumbnail in the HTML wrapper view.

If this is possible, and I'm just missing this feature, please let me know how to use it. But if it isn't currently in CS8, then this might be a useful feature to consider for a future update or new version.

Thanks. Doug W.
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Josh Holnagel, Employee

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Hi Douglas,

Thanks for the feature request. If I understand correctly, you would like the option to put the playhead somewhere in the video and then choose an option to "Use Frame as Thumbnail". Right?

I did also want to point out that you can export any frame as an image automatically, by choosing File>Produce Special>Export Frame As... (the hotkey for this is Ctrl+F). This might help you if you have been using Snagit to grab the shot of the canvas or something similar.

Thanks for posting,
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Sorry, currently you would need to use 'Export frame as..' under 'File -> Produce special' and then at production time, choose that image file as your start-screen. I agree though, it would be convenient to be able to select a timeline time. Thanks for posting!
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Thanks, Josh and Kevin, for your replies!

I follow what you are suggesting, and have wound up doing that anyway. Good to know that I am not missing a feature here.

It sure would be a good little feature to include. I don't know how hard it would be to work that into the code, but it would solve the frame-grab workaround issues that you all and I have been discussing in order to use a non-black thumbnail image if I have started my video itself with a fade-in from black.

Hope to see it in a future release... ???

Thanks again,
Doug W.
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I am experience a similar problem. When I produce my video, it seems to pull a random frame (or possibly the first frame of the 2nd clip on the timeline), instead of the first frame from the video, which is a title clip that I created and inserted in the timeline in front of the video/audio segment.

How can I make it take the first frame of the title clip?
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I concur with the request to be able to select a specific frame from the video (at the time of production) to be the thumbnail/frame to be used to create a link on a web page, rather than letting Camtasia make the selection on its own.

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