Setting the poster frame for a video file

Q: Can you change the preview frame of Music Videos? Some of the music videos I’ve encoded show a black screen (presumably taken from before the video starts). I can’t find this setting in Handbrake or iSquint… is this possible to do, or is it an iTunes Music Store-only feature?

– Aaron

A: We’ve covered this before, but the question is a popular one, and the solution is neat:

Although certain encoding programs can set the preview frame when the files are created, this isn’t required – iTunes can do this after the files have already been imported. Simply start the video playing (whether in the album art box, or in a separate window), scroll to the frame you’d like to highlight, and pause the video. Then, right-click on the video frame itself, and choose “Set Poster Frame.”

If you’d prefer the preview frame to not be an actual frame of video, you can change the preview picture exactly as you would for album art.

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