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Select Thumbnail from video

For a few lectures, I've had to manually replace thumbnails since the professor's laptop wasn't connected at the start of the recording, so I got a black imagine or "no signal" for the class thumbnail. It would be nice to go to the timeline and pick a thumbnail or even have a selection of thumbnails to choose. Right now, what I've been doing was to play the video, grab a screen capture of the first instance of the PC screen, save that locally and then upload the thumbnail, which seems a bit unnecessary when it would be better to just pick a thumbnail that can be used by the system.

Hopefully this is something that can be considered for a future release.



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    God yes.

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    KathrynKathryn Administrator

    @Elaine Mello Hi Elaine! I'm happy to report that this is already possible. You can choose a thumbnail from the timeline. Just place the red line in timeline at the place that you want to use as the thumbnail. Then, click the 3 dots icon at the top of the timeline and choose to use the primary or secondary source for the image. Once you hit apply, the thumbnail should update to the image that you chose! Full instructions in this video: https://howtovideos.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=72ccfb49-28a5-4a11-9f3d-abc30141e19f

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    Wow Kathryn - Thanks for this! I searched all over the site for Thumbnails, but would never have thought to search for that as set secondary as preview. Thumbnails is such a ubiquitous term that it might be good to use that in the future as the standard.

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    KathrynKathryn Administrator

    @Elaine Mello That's great feedback - I'll submit a ticket to have this article/video updated so it comes up with the "thumbnail" search term.

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