Sunday November 27, 2022

How to set the Preview Image for a Microsoft PowerPoint Video

The first frame of a video that you add to your Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow will display by default until it is played. If this is not the thumbnail you want, we’ll show how to change it.
Use an image as the preview for a video

Reset the Preview Image to a Video

Use a Specific Frame as the Preview image for a VideoOpen your PowerPoint presentation and navigate to the slide that contains the clip. Click the Play button to play the video. Click the Pause button to see the preview image. Next, go to the Video Format tab. Select the Poster Frame drop down arrow. Select “Current frame” to see the image that will display for the video in the slide update to the frame you selected. This is a nicer thumbnail than the one shown below. Click the video and go to the slide that contains the clip.

Browse for the image you want to use, then click “Insert.” Select the image you wish to use, then click “Insert.” Now you will see the preview image for your video. The preview image will now appear instead of the first frame when you play your video during the presentation. Click the Poster Frame drop down arrow and choose “Reset.” The preview image will then return to the default first frame.

The content of your slideshow should speak for itself when you present a video. The content of a slideshow is usually the most important thing.
With her B.S. in Information Technology, Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, Department Manager, and PMO Lead. She learned how technology can enrich both professional and personal lives by using the right tools. And, she has shared those suggestions and how-tos on many websites over time. With thousands of articles under her belt, Sandy strives to help others use technology to their advantage.
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