Add Poster Image to YouTube, Vimeo Videos in WordPress

By | May 19, 2014

Whenever we embed a YouTube, Vimeo or Self Hosted  video in our post/page, then by default it shows one of the frame of video as its poster image or the frame image. After embedding a chromeless YouTube video, now what if we want to replace the frame image with our own poster image? Well, with WordPress 3.9 its just a matter of few clicks and you can change the frame image of the video and put any image as poster image! This tutorial will guide you to Add or Change Place Holder Image for YouTube, Vimeo or Self Hosted Videos in WordPress.

Add Poster Image for YouTube Video

Step 1 : Suppose you have embedded a youtube video in your page or post using the shortcode :

Without a nice Poster Image

Step 2: Now, on the visual edit panel if you click on the link of that video, it will appear as shown below. Click on the Pencil icon.


Step 3: You will see the following window. Click on the Select Poster Image option. You can either browse the image from media library or upload an image. Select the image and click on Select Poster Image button. That’s it!


Step 4: Now, you have successfully added an image as poster to your post’s video.

I just added a nice poster image for the above embedded YouTube video and here you can see the same video is looking different,

With a nice Poster Image (same video)

If you want to change the poster image of the video, Follow all the steps mentioned above.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Now you have a simply Add or Change Poster Image for YouTube, Vimeo or Self Hosted Videos in WordPress. If you have any query or suggestion regarding the same, do share with us.


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