Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Changing the video thumbnail, part of Lightroom 4 Video Workshop.
When you're navigating among your video clips in Lightroom, you're not really seeing a video, per say, but rather a still image that represents that video. That still image is referred to as a Poster Frame, and by default will be the first frame in your video. Of course, the video can contain lots of frames, and the first frame isn't always indicative of the overall contents of a video clip. For example, here, I have a poster frame that contains just green water. I'll go ahead and click the play button. And we can see, of course, we have green water filling the frame.
But before too long the camera starts to pan upward, so we get a much better sense of the place where this video was captured. And so one of the frames somewhere in the middle of the video, or even toward the end of the video, might make a better poster frame. Well, Lightroom allows us to change that poster frame. So that we're able to change the thumbnail and the preview that we see whenever we're working with the video itself in Lightroom. Obviously, we can playback the video at any time, but it's very helpful to have a poster frame that better reflects the contents of the video.
So I'll go ahead and scrub through the video, I'll Click the handle and Drag over to the left and perhaps right about there represents a better poster frame for this video. So I'd like to use this frame as the thumbnail and the preview that I'll see whenever I work with this video. I'll go ahead and click the button over toward the right of the controls here. That will bring up a popup menu where I can choose the Set Poster Frame option. And when I do so, the frame that I'm currently looking at in the video will become the poster frame. So you can see in the navigator, for example, I have that frame as the representation for this video.
On the filmstrip we also have that frame as the thumbnail. And if I switch to a different video, and then back to my video, you'll see initially we have that poster frame visible. But then, of course, we go back to the first frame in the video, because that's where the video will start playing back. But when I'm working with my videos, in the grid view, for example, or using the film strip, then I'll be able to see that poster frame. So I'll have a better sense of what the contents are for any given video.
- Importing video
- Basic video playback
- Changing the video thumbnail
- Compare and Survey view limitations
- Organizing videos
- Finding videos
- Editing videos
- Sharing videos