How to produce video thumbnail previews inside a video

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I can see how Techsmith can produce thumbnails within their own tutorials, when the cursor hit the "timeline" (see attached image). How can this be created within either Snagit or Camtasia Studio? I can easily place videos on my website, but when users are watching them, it can be quite cumbersome for them to find the exact moment in the video they want to watch. Here those preview thumbnails will be a great addition (don't know the exact name for them ... YouTube have them as well ...). I hope someone can help. 

NB! I am NOT talking about the preview thumbnails people use when hovering over a closed video ... 

Regards,

Erik V.
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That would be a function of the player the videos are hosted on.

You Tube and many other Players/Websites provide the same functionality.
Heres You Tube....

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Hi Joe. Thanks for your answer, but could you please explain it in little more detail. Does it have to do with the special functionality YouTube or Techsmith have on their servers? And hpw to get it?

Erik
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Well, I won't pretend to know a lot about this.

How TechSmith does it???
If you reached out to them, they might tell you?
 
PLEX is a possibility. https://www.plex.tv/
This is how you generate thumbnails using their service.https://support.plex.tv/articles/202197528-video-preview-thumbnails/

On a side note,
there aren't many media players that support timeline thumbnails.Why???

PotPlayer is one that does.
As a test, I played back a 54GB video.
Thumbnails were available spanning the entire video/timeline immediately.
My Point?
This doesn't seem to require a lot of computer resources to generate them.
I'm not sure why so few players offer them?

 


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Thanks Joe. I appreciate your reply. I actually downloaded and installed PotPlayer. I have not heard about it earlier, but it has nice reviews.  I used PotPlayer to play a video. I didn't see any thumbnails on the timetime, when hovering over it, but maybe there is a setting, which will make them appear? It not at least it is possible to drag the timeline indicator and have a continuous display. This will help the viewer.  

Still though it would be nice to have things running in the webbrowser to avoid having to download the video. 

Erik
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Its a setting in PotPlayer that you must enable.

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Well now. That setting seems to be in the weeds. ;)
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Thanks Joe, works perfectly. And the thumbnails display very fast!

Erik
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My "all Camtasia" workaround/solution ...

Example-Thumbnails At Each Second For Video Navigation 2020-03-14
https://www.screencast.com/t/ZFUaKXN8LZ

quick and easy to do ... markers and captions at 1 second spacing; produce TOC w/thumbnails

with video full screened, can use Ctl-mouse wheel to zoom TOC/thumbnail size; Ctl-0 will return to default size [100%]

at large zoom, thumbnails get fuzzy, but this beats a blank ...

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Kayakman, I think you misunderstood what I was asking about. I want to have thumbnails displayed when hovering over the timeline when the video is opened - like it is possible  in YouTube .

Erik
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I did understand what you were looking for; I subscribe to Netflix and their player serves up thumbnails along the scrubber; I was just offering a crude Camtasia-based alternative

hope you find an acceptable solution
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Perhaps the item linked below helps?

Click here to view

Cheers... Rick :)
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Yes that's what I am talking about. Apparently PotPlayer and KMPlayer has it. I wonder if it is also possible when watching a video on a website in a browser ...

Erik
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My webpage is actually non-commercial, but still it would be nice to have the videos on my own site, but surely I have considered if I should use YouTube with limited access. 

Yes videos are great for many purposes. They complement the written word very good!

Erik
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LOL, you surely have heard the saying: A picture is worth a thousand words.

And the addendum to that is: And a video is worth a thousand pictures!

I don't have a dog in this fight, but it's also worth considering that videos consume a lot of space. And that directly translates to lots of bandwidth. Depending on how popular your videos are as well as what (if any) bandwidth limitations may exist for your hosting service, you may find that it suddenly becomes a really attractive feature to offload your video content to YouTube and allow them to handle the bandwidth so the transfer isn't counted against your own site. ;)
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That's true. Although I have limited my videos to 1280 x 720 pixels they certainly take up a lot of space. I may want to use YouTube for my videos in the near future.

When that's said I am now curious about how it can be done ... ;)

Erik 
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People embed You Tube videos in their websites all the time.
I've never done it, but the information is out there.

https://www.wikihow.com/Embed-a-YouTube-Video




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Looks very interesting. I will look into it! Thanks.

Erik
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Yes embedding videos on your site is not a big deal and as mentioned can save you alot of storage space and bandwidth usage of your hosting.

It can be done on static pages and many CMS platforms such as Wordpress.

Here are a couple static pages I coded that have Youtube videos embedded.

Single video page:

https://demotestsite.info/dubiesdemos/frame/

Multi-video parallax page:

https://demotestsite.info/templates/MP/

As a plus you would have the scrubber previews also as long as you include the Youtube player controls in the embedded iframe code.

Dubie:)

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Well I think I am about to get convinced :)

Erik