Well Ripper, YouTube has made it hard for me to analyze this process completely by not allowing duplicate video uploads, but I did learn a good bit. And, I did find a way to increase the odds that you get a nice YouTube Thumbnail or Poster Frame using some common sense.
Tricks that Don’t Allow you to Pick YouTube Thumbnails
Many website’s are reporting that you just need to perform some simple math. Neither of these techniques work!
Take the length of your video (LOV) and then:
This doesn’t work! Others have stated that there is always a thumbnail at the exact midpoint of the video. This is also not true. Others have stated, the thumbnails are picked based off of:
Analyzing My Video and YouTube Thumbnails
Some Odd Things I Found
If the web address of your video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNNI_ErlAko for example. Your thumbnails can be found at:
Also, oddly enough the second thumbnail chosen from this video upload contained a photo of a dog that was picked previously as a thumbnail. This is why I think a dramatic change in color may effect the thumbnail chosen by You Tube?
Are Thumbnails Chosen at Random?
I think this is likely. The first reason I believe this, is because YouTube has stated they pick the Thumbnails pretty much randomly. Also I ran the times through some math programs and they:
How Come Some People Seem to Be Able to Pick their Thumbnails
If you become a YouTube Partner, you gain the ability to pick your own thumbnail’s. To become a YouTube partner you need to get at least 10,000 views per day. Good luck with that. If you want to increase your odds watch How to Video Blog.
Common Sense Way to Get Nice YouTube Thumbnails
Follow the techniques used by Ze Frank one of the greatest video bloggers ever. You can see him in the How to Video Blog article. Use a bunch of cool looking images in your video. If you use enough, chances are one will show up to be used as a thumbnail.
That’s All Folk’s
I hope that helped you get some nice thumbnails in your YouTube video’s. If you have a question on any other subject, leave it in the comment section below this article.
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