THE POWER OF THE THUMBNAIL - xanthe berkeley
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If you’ve made the effort to shoot and edit an amazing film and you want to share it with people… Why not display it as best you can on your blog?.

Especially when choosing the thumbnail.

The thumbnail to your film can be the invitation to press play. It’s like the book cover… The first scene the viewer is seeing… You’d like them to press play, right?. So don’t let the site hosting your film choose what’s displayed… Vimeo seems particularly bad at picking the right moment. It chooses some random frozen frame in the middle of the film. I’m not sure how YouTube does it… but most people I watch on YouTube import their own thumbnails.

Personally I like the thumbnail to be the start of the film or the title. So I will edit my film with that intention and pick a striking image to begin the story. But you can also add a jpeg or png image to create titles, if for example your film is a tutorial.

Here’s a little tutorial talking you through the process of choosing your thumbnail on Vimeo, plus instructions of how to grab the html code and personalise how your film is viewed in your blog. Especially adjusting the size so your viewing screen fits nicely alongside your photos – Just like this…

Let me know if you find this useful and if got any tips about displaying your films on your blog? – I’d love to hear them.


During November, I’m taking part in a month long blogging challenge – leaving a few words or photos or films here everyday – #NaPhoPoMo

Some of my friends are taking part – Kim :: Karen :: Andrea :: Jeanine :: Barb :: Kelly :: Bella :: – If you’re joining in, please leave your URL so I can add you to my list – Thanks! :: Cassandra :: Mascaraandmud


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