Any way to control which frame YouTube uses for representative still?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Doc, May 6, 2008.

  1. Doc

    Doc Guest

    I'm having an issue with some videos in that the still that comes up
    in the YouTube gallery is some kind of green noise, while others come
    up with just a black frame.

    Any way to control or predict which frame gets used?

    Doc, May 6, 2008
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    Chip Gallo Guest

    You can go into the details about the video and choose from several
    still pictures. Vimeo (another video hosting service) gives you more
    choices including the ability to upload your own art. You can also
    change the video later, if for example you re-edit the piece, and keep
    the statistics. Youtube doesn't support this.

    Chip Gallo, May 6, 2008
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  3. If I had to guess (that's a sort of joke - I know nothing about this,
    so *of course* I have to guess!) I'd say that YT chooses the first
    frame in the video. So you should make sure your video starts with a
    decent frame (by careful editing with a tool that facilitates doing

    Anyone around willing to corroborate or contradict this guess?
    Gene E. Bloch, May 6, 2008
  4. Doc

    Doc Guest

    Yeah, I got that but all three in the various vids are either the
    green noise or black.

    I just took a look, looks pretty cool. I see it also supports stereo.
    I'll have to investigate further.

    Doc, May 6, 2008
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    davesvideo Guest

    Sure. I'll contradict that. I just went and looked at the choices of
    one of my YouTube videos. The clip is 8:43 long. The first choice is
    about 1:30 from the first frame of the clip, and the 3rd choice is
    about 1:30 from the last frame. The 2nd choice appears to be right in
    the middle. So, I suppose that there is some sort of formulae, but it
    does not use the first frame.

    davesvideo, May 7, 2008
  6. Thanks, that's definitely informative for me.

    It also seems to me to imply that the OP is just out of luck.
    Gene E. Bloch, May 7, 2008
  7. Doc

    Doc Guest

    Since posting this I've found out that it uses frames from 25 - 50 -
    75%. So, the way to manipulate it if you're using the short high res
    video with a long black tail trick is to wrangle things so that the
    frame you want is at one of those points.

    I made a file with the frame I wanted a couple of seconds on either
    side of the mark just to be sure since I've noticed converting to .flv
    stretches the duration a tad.
    Doc, May 13, 2008
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