You may not like the thumbnail YouTube generates for your YouTube Virtual Tour. This tutorial will show you how to adjust the thumbnail.
What is a thumbnail?
A thumbnail is a "preview" of the video. It's a still image that shows up before you press play.
Things to consider
First and foremost, YouTube randomly selects three still "frames" from the video as possible thumbnails. This is not something the team at Elm Street Technology has control over! Of these three frames, one is automatically selected by default.
With the exception of verified YouTube accounts (something we do not assist with), YouTube does not let users choose their own thumbnail or "custom thumbnails".
With this in mind, let us see how to change our thumbnail!
Note: This article assumes you are already logged into YouTube and at the page of the video you wish to update.
Access the Video Editor
As shown below, the video page will have a blue, square button saying "Edit Video". Left click this to access the video editor.
Choose one of the thumbnails
As shown below, you will be directed to a page with a variety of options to change.
For our purposes, we should be looking at the three images to the right of the video. These are the available thumbnails.
The thumbnail currently being used will have a dark border around it. To change the thumbnail simply click the image you'd rather use. After this, look to the upper right-hand corner. Click "Save changes". You're all set!
That's all there is to it! If you still have more questions, be sure to peruse our other articles and videos. If you still don't find an answer don't hesitate to reach out to our support team. We're here to help!