Video Thumbnails

Video Thumbnails makes it easy to automatically display video thumbnails in your WordPress template. No more uploading screenshots every time you post a video.


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Automatic Video Discovery

Video Thumbnails doesn't require changing your workflow because it automatically detects your embedded videos. You might even forget it's there!

Extensive Support

With support for 21 video sources, you'll always be covered no matter where your videos are hosted.

Featured Image Integration

Video Thumbnails uses the standard WordPress featured image system and stores all files in the standard WordPress media library, so it's already compatible with your favorite themes.

Highly Rated

“This beats the heck out of taking screenshots to use as featured images for embedded video. Thanks for the very useful bit of plugin magic.”

Supported Sites

YouTube Vimeo
Facebook Vine
Dailymotion Twitch
TED Talks Metacafe
Blip Google Drive
Funny or Die CollegeHumor
MPORA Livestream
Yahoo Screen Rutube
Tudou VK
SAPO Wistia

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Video Thumbnails Pro is great for power users and professional bloggers. Upgrade today and get these great new features. Watch a demo »

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Free Pro
Completely Automatic
Supports 21 Sites
Save to Media Library
Set Featured Images
Scan Custom Fields
Scan Custom Post Types
Bulk Scan Existing Posts
Widescreen Crop Setting New!
Maximum Image Sizes
Custom Upload Folder
More Bulk Scan Options
Disable Providers
Provider-Specific Fields

Custom Upload Options Pro

Select an aspect ratio to always use for files, set maximum dimensions to save server space, and organize files in a custom subirectory of your uploads folder. The widescreen aspect ratio option helps prevent those annoying black bars on some videos.

Supercharged Bulk Scanning Pro

Save time when scanning your past posts by skipping posts with featured images and by limiting the search to specific tags or categories.

Disable Providers Pro

Lower overhead and prevent unintended thumbnails by disabling video sites you don't use.

Provider Custom Fields Pro

Some templates and developers only store a video ID in a custom field like “youtube_id” or “vimeo_id”. With advanced custom field settings you'll be able to set an individual field for each provider.

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Personal Support

Get friendly support directly from the plugin's developer and view other questions on our forums.

Browser Friendly

Guaranteed compatibility with the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.

Automatic Updates

Get all the latest features and bugfixes via automatic updates included with your purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions

No video thumbnail for this post

  1. Ensure you have saved any changes to your post.
  2. If you are using a a plugin or theme that stores videos in a special location other than the main post content area, be sure you’ve entered the correct custom field on the settings page. If you don’t know the name of the field your video is being saved in, please contact the developer of that theme or plugin.
  3. Copy and paste your embed code into the “Test Markup for Video” section of the Debugging page. If this doesn’t find the thumbnail, you’ll want to be sure to include the embed code you scanned when you request support. If it does find a thumbnail, please double check that you have the Custom Field set correctly in the settings page if you are using a a plugin or theme that stores videos in a special location.
  4. Go to the Debugging page and click “Test Image Downloading” to test your server’s ability to save an image from a video source.
  5. Try posting a video from other sources to help narrow down the problem.
  6. Check the WordPress support threads as well as our Pro support threads to see if anyone has had the same issue.
  7. If you are still unable to resolve the problem, start a thread with a good descriptive title (“Error” or “No thumbnails” is a bad title) and be sure to include the results of your testing as well. Also be sure to include the name of your theme, any video plugins you’re using, and any other details you can think of.

Can it get thumbnails for my self-hosted videos?

No, it will only fetch thumbnails for videos from the list of supported sites. Decoding local video files to create thumbnails requires server resources and packages unavailable to most users.

Support Topics

Video thumnail not automatically saved as featured image 2 weeks ago 0
Custom post type doesn’t show up 2 weeks ago 0
Cropping on “Save Draft” and upscaling to minimum image size 4 weeks ago 1
Thumb Post 1 month ago 0
Black Bars 2 months ago 0
Invoice for purchase 2 months ago 0
What do I do with the zip file after going Pro 2 months ago 0
Money back 2 months ago 0
Why Bulk Video Thumbnail Generator don’t generate thumbnails. 2 months ago 1
YouTube API plugin + Video Thumbnails 2 months ago 1
Pro version, some thumbs found, some not 3 months ago 0
Can I use Video Thumbnails Plugin with Easy Digital Downloads 3 months ago 0
Generating automatically theme thumbnail variations 3 months ago 0
Video Thumbnail generation from YouTube… 4 months ago 0
thumbnail not importing automatic from youtube 5 months ago 0
Custom Aspect Ratio 5 months ago 2
need to save thumbnail on cdn 6 months ago 1
Latest 1.3 version causing illegal functions of development site 6 months ago 1
Issues after installing Pro 6 months ago 1
Custom fields not working 6 months ago 6
Changing URL 6 months ago 1
Option To Disable Video Thumbnails Before Publishing 7 months ago 0
black lines thumbs 7 months ago 3
Changing the Time That the Featured Image Is Set 8 months ago 2
Resolved ffmpeg call 8 months ago 2
Error: Unable to create directory uploads/2015/01. Is its parent directory writable by the server? 8 months ago 2
Thumbnails for specific categories only 9 months ago 1
Not all of my posts create a thumbnail 9 months ago 2
Need invoice of purchase 10 months ago 0
Issues with Thumbnails 10 months ago 1
Error message on save 10 months ago 2
Hello how to make youtube video thumbnail as featured image 11 months ago 0
Internal Server Error 11 months ago 1
SyntaxError: Unexpected token <… 11 months ago 1
Facebook Open Graph Debugger Error 12 months ago 1
Retina Support 12 months ago 1
Question???????? 1 year ago 1
Resolved problem with videos ID and field 1 year ago 5
Generated Thumbnails are all default gray images 1 year ago 2
No Thumbnail (from WordPress Forum) 1 year ago 4
Update not working 1 year ago 1
Resolved Video Thumbnails Pro 1 year ago 1
Video Thumbnails Google Drive 1 year ago 1
Thumbnail not showing up on WP Blog page 1 year ago 3
Request for Video Thumbnails Pro 1 year ago 2
Resolved Thumbnail comes through in debug section, not in post. 1 year ago 2
Stretch Thumbnail Size, Hook? 1 year ago 2
Usage with Focus Theme 1 year ago 3
Resolved Update 1 year ago 1
Resolved Why doesn’t the Pro version update automatically? 1 year ago 2
Resolved Undefined variable: new_width 1 year ago 1
USP Pro (User Submitted Posts) 1 year ago 4
Resolved Not updating / Licence Key Problem 1 year ago 3
How can i set a custom thumbail for my video posts 1 year ago 1
Resolved Fatal error: Using $this when not in object context 1 year ago 1
Resolved No video thumbnail for this post 1 year ago 1
Resolved Thumbnails from S3 hosted JWPlayer embeds 1 year ago 1
Resolved Upgraded to Pro Want to Rescan and Change Featured 1 year ago 1
Resolved Lost my license key for Pro 1 year ago 1
Resolved Cannot Edit Posts and Cannot see host 1 year ago 2
Resolved Video Thumbnails Pro You have version 1.0 installed. Update to 1.1. 1 year ago 3
Resolved Cannot update Video Thumbnails Pro 1 year ago 1
Resolved Media Library 1 year ago 1
Building biggest youtubechannel network for albanian audience/ need help 1 year ago 6
I purchased Pro Video Thumbnails because I thought it has a feature 1 year ago 2
Thumbnails Too Small 1 year ago 1
Resolved Minimum Image Size 2 years ago 11