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Set Thumbnail

When uploading videos to VIUTube, VIUTube will automatically generate and select an image (called a thumbnail) to be displayed next to the title of your video. This thumbnail will usually be a screenshot from the first 5 seconds of your video. 

If you do not like the thumbnail that VIUTube has automatically generated and selected, you can choose to capture your own thumbnail, select another automatically generated thumbnail from a list of available options, or you can upload an image file to VIUTube that VIUTube will use as the thumbnail for your video.

Change the Thumbnail on a VIUTube Video

  1. Go to My Media by clicking on Guest or your name in the upper right and selecting My Media
  2. Click the pencil icon to the right of the VIUTube video you wish to edit.

  3. Click the Thumbnails tab.

  4. Choose one of the following options:
    • Upload Thumbnail: Click this button to find and select the image file you wish to use as the thumbnail for your video.

    • Capture: Click the play button in the video player above to play your video. Click the pause button once you have found a still frame in your video you wish to use as your thumbnail. Click the Capture button to capture and use this as your thumbnail. 

    • Auto-Generate: Click this button and another popup window will appear with a list of 10 automatically generated thumbnails to choose from. Click on your preferred thumbnail from this available list. 

  5. Your change will be saved automatically.