Greetings, Vimeo denizens. Here’s a quick thumbnail update for those of you with opposable thumbs:

We just introduced a new feature that enables you to take any frame from your video and turn it into a thumbnail (i.e., your video’s preview image, visible before your vid starts playing). Our new thumbnail chooser allows you to scroll through the entire length of your video to find its sweet spot.

This means you are no longer at the mercy of our auto-generated thumbnails, and your video need not be represented by someone’s face in mid-expression, eyes half-closed and mouth half-open like a narcoleptic’s driver’s license photo.

To turn any video frame into a thumbnail, all you need to do is:

1. Visit your video’s Settings page.
2. In the Thumbnails section, click the “Choose” icon
3. Find the chillest frame in your video and click “Use This Frame.”


And now you’re thumbnailin’.

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28 Comments

Norman Crossfield

Norman Crossfield Plus

Very nice. It's been up for a few days now and immediately I singled out the thumb I wanted. Thanks.

SuccessFactors

SuccessFactors

Love this! Next lets get customizable Album thumbs. You guys rock

Remyyy

Remyyy Plus

As we say in (bad) french : "Ca le fait grave ! "

IPSOvideo

IPSOvideo PRO

This is really really useful, one of the features I've been waiting for. Thanks very much!

Kathaperumal Parimanan

Kathaperumal Parimanan

A fantastic feature. Can we showcase all of our thumbnails created by this method in Vimeo? Thank you in advance

Exhibit-it

Exhibit-it Plus

When will there be an API for setting the thumbnail (ie. vimeo.videos.setThumbnailframe)? Developers need some way to set a specific time / frame for the thumbnail…

This new feature caused the default thumbnail to no longer be the starting frame. There really really really needs to be Advanced API method for developers to set the thumbnail. :)

Can you please pass this feature API request on to the powers to be?

Thanks in advance

Narrate

Narrate PRO

This would be *extremely* useful. API support for setting thumbnails please!

Simon Ellis

Simon Ellis Plus

I don't know if it's just me but I don't seem able to capture a specific frame accurately. Whatever I select, it seems to choose a different frame. Depending on the file, sometimes it chooses one very close to what I have paused on, but sometimes it chooses one up to four seconds later in the film.

I have tried switching between SD and HD in the preview window, tried waiting for the buffering to complete, tried capturing the frame as it plays rather than pausing it, but nothing changes.

I would also like to know, as somebody else asked, if the selected thumbnail is HD or not, because how some users get incredibly sharp thumbnails is still a mystery to me. Bespoke HD jpegs uploaded at the same size as the video are either crunched into lower resolution, flanked by black pillarboxing on the left and right sides, or both.

As bloody brilliant as Vimeo is, thumbnailing is the only apsect that has never been an exact science :(

Lester Gantan

Lester Gantan

I changed my thumbnail successfully around 6 hours ago but when I want to post a video link to Facebook, the old thumbnail still appears. How long does it take for new thumbnails to appear in links to other sites?

Ron Spencer

Ron Spencer PRO

Could someone from Vimeo please comment on the fact that this feature does not work properly? See Mike's and Simon's comments.
Is it a fixed offset from the frame you are trying to choose or is it just a random thing? In my opinion it would be a sign of respect if you would at least address the issue.

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