How to Set or Change the Poster Frame for a Video

Choosing the right poster frame for your video will help you get more people to watch it by displaying an appealing image prior to a viewer pressing play or your broadcast going live. There are several different options for changing the poster frame for your video on the SproutVideo platform.

Changing the Poster Frame

To set the poster frame for a video or live stream, open the video you would like to edit by going to the ‘Videos’ tab and clicking on the video, or navigating to the Live tab and creating a new live stream or editing an existing one.

1. Pick a Generated Image for an On-Demand Video or Recorded Live Stream

Here, you can select one of four images generated for your video during the encoding process to use as a poster frame.

Change the poster frame for a video hosted on SproutVideo

2. Pick a Frame From Your On-Demand Video or Recorded Live Stream

When choosing a poster frame, you can enter the timestamp for the image you want to use, or scrub through the video to find the perfect shot. Click “Set as Poster Frame” when you are done.

Pick a poster frame

3. Upload a Custom Image for an On-Demand Video or Live Stream

If you designed an image you’d like to use as your poster frame, click the “Upload Custom” button (shown above). Be sure to match the aspect ratio of your video or live stream when creating the image. For instance, if your video is 16:9, your image should be as well.

4. Use Canva to Create a Custom Image for an On-Demand Video or Live Stream

Canva is an online design platform. You can access the Canva platform from your SproutVideo account by clicking “Upload Custom,” and then clicking the “Design on Canva” button.

Upload a custom poster frame or design one with Canva

Select an image from Canva’s stock library, or upload your own to Canva for further editing. When finished, click the “Publish” button to set it as the poster frame for your video or live stream.

Save Your Changes

No matter how you set the poster frame for your video, be sure to click the green Save button at the bottom of the page when finished. The new poster frame will automatically update wherever your video has been shared.

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