How to Change the Thumbnail Preview of a Video File

A funny thing happened to me when I started creating videos for our YouTube Channel. The thumbnail preview was taken from my introduction slide. (1-2 minutes from the start)

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I thought it was strange that it would arbitrarily pick a time to use as the thumbnail. I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason to do this, but that’s for another time.

SNAGHTML16daf1cMany, many years ago, I bought an application called Tag&Rename that I used to re-tag my MP3 collection. Well it just so happens that it allows for re-tagging other media types, like video such as .mp4,
.wmv, .m4p.

If you haven’t seen Tag&Rename, click on the link and download it for a test drive.  After you’ve finished trying it out, you’ll gladly pay the $29.95 like I did. Smile

How To Do Change the Thumbnail:

1. So while I’m in Windows Explorer, I right click the media file and click Open in Tag&Rename. This will launch the Tag&Rename application.

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2. In the Tag&Rename application, right click on the media file and click Edit File Tag.

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3. In the Tag Editor window, click the Add button.

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4. In the Find art file window, navigate and select where your graphic image is located and click Open.
NOTE: only .bmp, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, and .gif image formats are accepted.

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5. In the Tag Editor window, click Save and close Tag&Rename.

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6. Which back to Windows Explorer and press F5 to fresh. Your custom video thumbnail is no displayed.

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Good Luck!!

Author: Rolly Perreaux

Rolly Perreaux, PMP, MCSE, MCT is a Senior Consultant / Architect / Instructor for PMO Logistics Inc.

You can view his bio at:

Rolly Perreaux

Author: Rolly Perreaux

Rolly Perreaux, PMP, MCSE, MCT is a Senior Consultant / Architect / Instructor for PMO Logistics Inc. You can view his bio at: http://www.learnmsproject.ca/author/rolly-perreaux/