YouTube Stills

They seem randomly chosen, those 3 images YouTube plucks from your video to use as the display image when your show is just sitting there, but they aren’t at all random. They come from the 1/3, 1/2, and 2/3’s points in the show. Is this helpful to you? Not very.

At first it sounds like the answer to life itself, but consider a typical show: its length is something oddball like 5.819 minutes. Dividing it by three isn’t going to happen. (Try it if you don’t believe me.) You can round it up to 5.82, which when divided by three comes to 1.94. The stills will be at 1.94, 2.91 (halfway point) and 3.88  seconds. You now know precisely where the images are, but your chances of gaining a good image haven’t improved.

More likely than not, the slides from which the still images come will have something going on in them. (I believe this follows a subset of Murphy’s Law.) Using the example show length, if you manually move the slider to the 1.94 mark, you’ll find almost anything but what you want. Maybe it’s in the middle of a transition or maybe just a sliver of a panned-in photo peeks out from the left edge.

If you’re absolutely determined to get one blessedly decent YouTube choice, you can play with the blank slides you probably have at both ends of the show, making them a little longer or shorter so the 1.94 mark is moved in one direction or the other, perhaps just enough to provide a good image.

Frankly, I wouldn’t bother.

Published in: on March 31, 2010 at 2:01 pm  Comments Off on YouTube Stills