How to set Video Poster Frame

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by LV426, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. LV426 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2013
    (Mountain Lion, MacBook Pro)

    In Finder, I have a bunch of movies that are shown as thumbnails. MOV files, 3GP, various formats, you name it...

    However, most of the thumbnails do not represent the corresponding movie very well. Is there any way in Finder / QuickTime that I can set the poster frame of a particular movie? Doing a Google search, it seems that an option to "Set Poster Frame" existed at one time in QuickTime, but I don't see this option anywhere in the version that I'm using.
  2. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    You can still buy Quicktime 7 Pro, which will allow you to set the poster frame.
    Search for "Quicktime 7 Pro" on the Apple website.
  3. LV426 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2013
    Thanks, talmy. But that sounds like a yukky solution IMHO! Installing the prerequisite Quicktime 7 player (the current inbuilt player is up to version 10.2), then paying for a version 7 product which doesn't even feature on the App store sounds a little extreme! Sigh. Life really shouldn't be this difficult :eek:
  4. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    Easy, but manually-intensive.
    Open the movie in QT and navigate to the desired thumbnail image (or poster frame).
    Copy (command C)
    In Finder, Get info on the movie. At the top of the pop-up window, upper left, is a small QT image. Click on it, then command-V (paste).
  5. LV426 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2013
    Hey, it works! Thanks very much :)
  6. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    As an aside, don't like the higher number fool you as QT 7 is still a more feature laden tool than QT 10 (although Apple is slowly building QT 10 back up)
  7. Shakadula macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2016
    Harpers Ferry, WV
    Seems the frames I set only work on videos i record from TV. Pre recorded movies on discs do not work. Major oversight, laziness or Apple screwing over users again. I will continue to work on this but right now only pre recorded movie discs are a problem when trying to set a poster frame with the title of the movie.
  8. Gwendolini macrumors 6502


    Feb 5, 2015
    That is because pre-recorded video DVDs don't have write capabilities, thus such a thumbnail as icon can not be written to the file.
  9. Shakadula macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2016
    Harpers Ferry, WV
    G, duh. I should have figured that out as a possibility. Never gave it a thought. Thanks for taking the time to reply as now I can let it go.
  10. Steveheroldmedia macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2016
    I've done this and it works on my computer. But I've found when I've uploaded this video to say Dropbox for someone else to download the thumbnail I've changed it to doesn't carry over.

    Anyone know a way to make this thumbnail change permanent so anyone getting this file will see the updated thumbnail on their end as well?

  11. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    I think the thumbnail is a meta file, and not part of the container file, and therefore does not ascend to Dropbox with the upload. I would try a zip utility that also grabs any associated meta data.
  12. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Doesn't Subler embed the poster art in the video file itself?
  13. gwied, Jan 8, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2018

    gwied macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2017
    The first part of this technique is also useful for grabbing a custom poster frame for a Youtube video in your account (i.e., one for which you have editing rights).
    With the PRE-UPLOADED movie open in QT X, set playhead to the frame you want. Command-C to copy. Switch to an image editor (I use Graphic Converter). Command-V to paste. Save-As appropriately named jpg.
    In the editing page of your Youtube video, click "Custom thumbnail" beneath the three offered by Youtube. Navigate to and choose your saved image, and voila!

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