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Thumbnail problem

Discussion in 'WordPress' started by dlatua, Feb 15, 2011.

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    Is there any way to get thumbnails automatically from youtube videos?
    Currently I am using Video Thumbnails plugin, it creates an image of the video but not a thumbnail.
    The theme I am using requires a custom field "thumb" to insert a thumbnail to a post.
    So is there any way how can I create automatically thumbnails?
    SEMrush
    Thank you
     
    dlatua, Feb 15, 2011 IP
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    There are actually several thumbnails for YT videos. A main thumbnail, and four others (unsure about the total number) taken at different times during the video. In order to get the URIs of the thumbnails, you need to use a little scripting and the Gdata library that Google offers. The script just basically uses an API the queries the YT database and returns XML data about the video.
     
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    dlatua Well-Known Member

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    That is too complicated for me lol :eek:
    If I hire someone to do this, how much money should I offer?

    Thank you
     
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    That would depend on what you are trying to accomplish. Also, what theme are you using right now? You said the theme did not support thumbnails, and it would be helpful to know the theme to get a better idea of what you are up against.
     
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    I was just reading through some of that plugin, and it really does not make thumbnails as you might expect. It grabs what YouTube calls a thumbnail, which is quite large dimension-wise. The author cited using the timthumb script for shrinking the thumbnails. Another option is to kludge this by setting up a width for the image, without a height. You would set the width to the actual thumbnail size you want and the height will automatically scale on its own.
     
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    Yeah, I know that plug-in doesn't do what I want, firstly I used it just to grab the image that it creates and to manually add it as a thumbnail, but doing this manually is just a waste of time :eek:
    Thank you for your help!
     
    dlatua, Feb 15, 2011 IP