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

Changing URL 3 hours ago 1
Option To Disable Video Thumbnails Before Publishing 2 weeks ago 0
black lines thumbs 3 weeks ago 3
Changing the Time That the Featured Image Is Set 1 month ago 2
Resolved ffmpeg call 1 month ago 2
Error: Unable to create directory uploads/2015/01. Is its parent directory writable by the server? 2 months ago 2
Thumbnails for specific categories only 3 months ago 1
Not all of my posts create a thumbnail 3 months ago 2
Need invoice of purchase 3 months ago 0
Issues with Thumbnails 4 months ago 1
Error message on save 4 months ago 2
Hello how to make youtube video thumbnail as featured image 5 months ago 0
Internal Server Error 5 months ago 1
SyntaxError: Unexpected token <… 5 months ago 1
Facebook Open Graph Debugger Error 5 months ago 1
Retina Support 5 months ago 1
Question???????? 6 months ago 1
Resolved problem with videos ID and field 6 months ago 5
Generated Thumbnails are all default gray images 6 months ago 2
No Thumbnail (from WordPress Forum) 6 months ago 4
Update not working 6 months ago 1
Resolved Video Thumbnails Pro 6 months ago 1
Video Thumbnails Google Drive 6 months ago 1
Thumbnail not showing up on WP Blog page 6 months ago 3
Request for Video Thumbnails Pro 6 months ago 2
Resolved Thumbnail comes through in debug section, not in post. 7 months ago 2
Stretch Thumbnail Size, Hook? 7 months ago 2
Usage with Focus Theme 7 months ago 3
Resolved Update 7 months ago 1
Resolved Why doesn’t the Pro version update automatically? 8 months ago 2
Resolved Undefined variable: new_width 8 months ago 1
USP Pro (User Submitted Posts) 9 months ago 4
Resolved Not updating / Licence Key Problem 9 months ago 3
How can i set a custom thumbail for my video posts 9 months ago 1
Resolved Fatal error: Using $this when not in object context 10 months ago 1
Resolved No video thumbnail for this post 10 months ago 1
Resolved Thumbnails from S3 hosted JWPlayer embeds 10 months ago 1
Resolved Upgraded to Pro Want to Rescan and Change Featured 10 months ago 1
Resolved Lost my license key for Pro 10 months ago 1
Resolved Cannot Edit Posts and Cannot see host 11 months ago 2
Resolved Video Thumbnails Pro You have version 1.0 installed. Update to 1.1. 11 months ago 3
Resolved Cannot update Video Thumbnails Pro 11 months ago 1
Resolved Media Library 11 months ago 1
Building biggest youtubechannel network for albanian audience/ need help 11 months ago 6
I purchased Pro Video Thumbnails because I thought it has a feature 12 months ago 2
Thumbnails Too Small 12 months ago 1
Resolved Minimum Image Size 1 year ago 11