[Support request] Poster Image for Home Page Video

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  • #950541
    Linda

    Hi Support,

    Can you give me a little more specific direction on how to make a poster image for our home page video? I’ve read a post and response from Tom about it, but found the information a bit too technical to follow: shortcodes or HTML code.

    Apparently, if I don’t set a specific image, the first screen will function as the poster image. That’s what I’m trying to do.

    I can handle HTML and/or shortcodes as long as the “how to” and “where to put it” are explained.

    Thanks for your guidance, as always!

    Linda

    #950617
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Hi there,

    What do you mean by “Poster image on home page”?

    Let me know 🙂

    #950750
    Linda

    Hi Leo,

    Thanks for getting back to me.

    What I mean relates to the video on the draft site home page.

    The poster image is the screen that shows while the site is loading. Right now, it’s just a black screen with the video arrow in it. I’d like to have the first screen show instead since it is the title of the video: Selling is Simple.

    Apparently this first screen will show if I don’t select a poster image (at bottom of image block on right side of edit screen). BUT it involves HTML code and that’s where I get uncertain.

    Hope this makes sense. I’m closing down shortly until tomorrow so don’t worry about getting back to me in your usual super responsive manner!! 😉

    Linda

    #950835
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Apparently this first screen will show if I don’t select a poster image (at bottom of image block on right side of edit screen). BUT it involves HTML code and that’s where I get uncertain.

    I’m not sure where you are reading this but this would be more of a question for WordPress’ support.

    Wouldn’t be simpler to take a screenshot of that first screen and upload it as the poster image?

    #951822
    Linda

    Hi again, Leo,

    Thanks for your suggestion. If I did I screenshot, wouldn’t it cover the video so a user couldn’t play it? Or maybe I’m misunderstanding the “how” of this.

    Here’s what I read in a forum reply from Tom (#642517), which is what I was referring to:
    Have you tried using the video shortcode?:
    https://codex.wordpress.org/Video_Shortcode

    It allows you to set a poster.

    Otherwise you’ll need to set the poster inside the actual <video> HTML: https://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_video_poster.asp

    When you set a post format other than “Standard”, the post will show the full content (in order to display HTML).

    I wasn’t sure how to do what Tom suggested or where to put it, which is why I contacted you.

    Does this help? Or is this all better handled in a WordPress forum?

    Thanks for your help, as always,

    Linda

    #951830
    David
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Hi there,

    if you’re using the video shortcode then you would include the poster image within the shortcode parameters eg. poster="image-url" this would be added after the src parameter in the shortcode.

    #951857
    Linda

    Hi David,

    Thanks, but you’ve lost me, sorry.:(

    I uploaded our video using Gutenberg video block. How/where would I put in the shortcode? Usually don’t they go on a blank page or post? Or at least that’s the only ways I’ve used them before.

    Linda

    #951872
    David
    Staff
    Customer Support

    If you’re using a local video file ( ie. not YouTube / Vimeo or other served videos ) to a gutenberg Video Block then there is an option to add a Post Image in the Settings Sidebar when you have the video block selected.

    #952210
    Linda

    Yes, David, that’s exactly what I’m trying to do! Apologies for not being clearer.

    That’s where I got stuck. I now realize I made something complicated out of something very simple! When I saw “poster image” in that block, I immediately went to your forum and searched, resulting in Tom’s post, which got me flying down the wrong track!

    Thanks for getting me back on the right – and simple! – track. I’ve created an image, uploaded it and just like that, the poster image fronts the video. Double DUH.

    Gratefully,

    Linda

    #952220
    David
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Glad we could be of help

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