Well, apparently you can’t. Very annoying.
Obviously I’m just getting into making my own videos for YouTube, and it was pretty surprising to me that you can’t choose the thumbnail of the video that you post.
I guess they had to cut down on people putting big boob cleavage shots in the thumbnail all the time even when their video was about dry cleaning or something.
When I would watch videos on there, I’d always shake my head at the poorly chosen thumbnails in the related video section. Now I know it’s not the fault of the authors. Crap.
Come on, YouTube! Your thumbnail choosing algorithm SUCKS. It sucks big-time donkey-dick. It pisses me off.
I have some videos with some pretty dynamic frames that could be used as a thumbnail, but YouTube insists on choosing the most boring and nondescript frames possible. It’s really a damn shame.
Of course I know that the thumbnail spammers are really to blame, but this is a real inconvenience to me and others I’m sure.
I’ve read so many half-ass tricks and workarounds and “foolproof” methods to get YouTube to pick the frame you want -except most, if not all of them don’t work anymore. The one where you use the mathematical formula to place an image at the exact frame where YouTube will be looking doesn’t work anymore. I’m bad at math anyway but I would have given it a shot.
Some said if you had a really vivid, contrasty frame then that frame will be picked. NO. No, it’s not picked. It’s always the most dull, least-iconic, least-representative-of-the-video frames that get picked. GAH.
Anyway, I don’t want to have to put some image in the video at whatever point YouTube will be looking for it, especially if it breaks up the flow of the video.
There’s apparently nothing to be done about this, since I haven’t found any method out there that’s a bulletproof, repeatable process. Even if there was, I doubt it would take Google long to figure out how to defeat it.
Oh well, I guess it could be worse. Still, I wish Google’s thumbnail program was a little better at choosing a decent thumbnail. So far it looks like YouTube just doesn’t want anyone to click on these videos.
If anyone has any tips, then let me know.