uStudio's thumbnail selector feature allows customers to scrub through a video (even frame-by-frame) capture a compelling image to use as the video thumbnail and even download the image to apply overlay content.
When uStudio first ingests a video, the system automatically grabs a frame from about the 10% mark as the thumbnail image. Users have the option to replace the automatically generated thumbnail with a thumbnail of their choosing, either by capturing an image from the video or by uploading a jpeg.
To capture an image from the video to use as the thumbnail, follow these steps:
- From the video gallery, hover over the video and click the gear icon to edit the video's metadata.
- On the right-hand sidebar, click the CAPTURE button underneath the current thumbnail.
- A lightbox will appear with your video, allowing you to seek through the video to find a still you would like to use as the thumbnail. IMPORTANT: when you get close to a moment of footage that you like, you can use your LEFT and RIGHT ARROW KEYS to precisely pinpoint the best frame for your purpose.
- Click the CAPTURE button. This will capture the frame using the highest resolution available, pulled from the original video file uploaded to uStudio.
- The right-hand sidebar now includes a rendering of the thumbnail you've selected.
At this point, you can also DOWNLOAD the captured thumbnail image - for instance if you'd like to add titles or branding. Then simply UPLOAD your now-customized thumbnail image.
You can also upload any jpeg file to use as the thumbnail image by clicking the upload button and selecting the desired image from your computer. Recommended specs for the thumbnail image can be found here.
NOTE: Should you have the need to replace the original video asset file at a later date, uStudio will NOT auto-generate a thumbnail again. This means that any thumbnail you selected or customized will remain in effect. If you need to replace the thumbnail again, follow the steps above.