Do you want to attract more viewers to your videos? Use thumbnails, which are the key to getting clicks and views on multiple platforms. A thumbnail is a reduced-size version of an image or video. Video thumbnails are the face of a video; most users choose the videos with catchy thumbnails. 

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Here’s how you can select various thumbnails to your video with Hippo Video Library:

Selecting a thumbnail for existing videos:

  1. Login to Hippo Video with your credentials.

  2. Click on Library icon from the left navbar and select the video to choose the thumbnail

  3. In the video preview page, click on Customize Video from the tab on the right.

  4. You will have four various thumbnails to set for your video on the right.

Note: The default frame and GIF preview are created automatically by the Hippo Video after the video creation.

    1. Default frame - Usually, the Static image, i.e., the Default frame, will be selected.

    1. GIF Preview - Always recommended to choose a GIF preview.


  • GIF preview (animated) - First and Last few portions of your video will be merged and shown as a thumbnail (endless loop/loop continuously). Your customer will get to know that it is a video attached and not an image (static).

  • You can also check Set GIF as default for all new videos box, to make the GIF Preview thumbnail as a default for all videos.

    1. Upload a new frame - You can upload the image from your local drive to set as a thumbnail.

        Step 1: Click on Upload. 

Step 2: Click on click here to add image and select the image you want to upload as a thumbnail.

Note: It supports all image formats.

Step 3: Click on Save.

Step 4: Now, you will notice that the thumbnail is set based on the selected frame.

    1. Selected frame from video - You can also choose the frame of your video to set as a thumbnail.

    Step 1: Click on Choose Frame. 

Step 2: You will notice the Set This Frame over the video. Play the video and select the frame of your choice to set as a thumbnail. 

Step 3: Now, you will notice that the thumbnail is set based on the selected frame.