Add Video Preview Image in HTML

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In HTML, you can display a “thumbnail” placeholder image before a video is loaded.

There are two common ways to go about doing this, and one is to use the video tag’s poster attribute:

<video src="path/to/video.mp4" poster="/path/to/thumbnail.jpg"></video>

Simply set the poster attribute to the URL of the thumbnail.

Another common approach is to place an img tag pointing to the preview image inside of a figure tag, just before the corresponding video tag, like this:

    <img src="path/to/thumbnail.jpg" alt="Video preview">
    <video src="path/to/video.mp4"></video>

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Anyway, those are some of the easiest ways to go about adding a thumbnail to a video in HTML.

I hope this helped you out!