I need a thumbnail image of a video which i upload as an asset. Instead of uploading an image manually I'd prefer craft to generate a thumbnail for me.

Is there a plugin I didn't find or did someone find another workaround?

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    Are you hosting the videos or is YouTube/Vimeo?
    – Matt P
    Feb 18, 2016 at 14:40

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Not that I know of or can find, Marco.

It'd be interesting to see if anyone else knows of one. I guess one challenge would be to define which frame of the video should be used as a thumbnail.

I typically use YouTube or Vimeo for client videos - as you know, the 'cover images' are available for use, from both.

This might help: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12788287/how-to-get-hq-youtube-thumbnails

That said, often times, the client prefers to upload an image as they have more control and better quality images.

Good luck!

  • Thanks Matt, I can sure use your tipp for another project since I didn't know how to get a hq thumbnail from youtube. In my case embedding youtube or vimeo videos isn't an option since the videos need to be self-hosted. The client won't be able to connect to the internet, only to the server craft will be running on. Feb 22, 2016 at 15:48
  • I also like having control over a thumbnail but it would be nice to have a generated fallback image. This might be an idea for a plugin if the community sees the use for it. Good day sir. Feb 22, 2016 at 15:56

There is a plugin called 'Transcoder' But it's not free: https://github.com/nystudio107/craft-transcoder/blob/v1/README.md

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