Many of our clients are involved in television production, or in the case of PlaySportsTV, are a complete online video network. When it comes to putting video on the web, you've got a ton of options to choose from: YouTube, Vimeo, premium video services, and then locally on your site.
Sometimes, however, the thumbnail created by most video services may sometimes not always be the one you want - or in the case of the "local" solution, you need to generate a thumbnail yourself anyway.
So you need to make your own screenshot. In most cases your video will be a Quicktime movie, or mp4 (as this has become very popular - particularly since many mp4 files can be played on the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad).
Here are some simple instructions on how to grab the right screenshot from your Quicktime movie in three easy steps:
Once the video has been opened. just click-and-drag the arrow on the timeline to the desired spot. You may also want to play the video until you find the right moment and stop it then. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to shift back and forth in the timeline, frame by frame. Find the right image and move on to step 2.
Simply go to your menu and select Edit > Copy. Move on to step 3.
Open your favorite image editing program (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, etc), create a new document and then save the image as a JPG file. Note for Photoshop users: Save for Web and Devices is a great way to assure the image you're saving is safe to use on a website.
Don't have an image editing program? Windows users: open your image in MS Paint (go to the start menu's run command and type "mspaint"). Mac users: open Preview and click on File > New from Clipboard.
It's that simple! Now, once you're in those editing programs you can resize the image, tweak the colors, etc. But this gets you through the basics.
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