[wp-hackers] Thumbnails for Locally Hosted Videos?

Jen Simmons jensimmons at gmail.com
Tue Feb 17 23:55:03 GMT 2009

Check out Show in a Box.

vPIP (by Enric Teller) let's you associate a thumbnail and a poster  
image with each video. You can host the videos locally, or somewhere  
else. vPIP does not have a uploader tool, it expects you are uploading  
everything via FTP if it's on your own server. Or you can use blip.tv  
and grab the URLS there for vPIP.

There are three other plugins (releated videos, recent videos, and  
video archive) that then use the thumbnail.

Screencast tutorial on vPIP at:

This is all an open source project, so anyone who is interested is  
welcome to jump in and help take these plugins to the next level!

Check out the forums and about us for more.

Jen Simmons
Milkweed Media Design

On Feb 17, 2009, at 12:14 AM, Mike Schinkel wrote:

> Hi all:
> I'm building a plugin for video management for locally hosted videos  
> and am running into a bit of a quandry. I need thumbnails for each  
> video and am wondering if any best practices have been identified  
> for associating thumbnails with videos. I assume there is no easy  
> way to extract a thumbnail from an arbitrary video file so I'm going  
> to assume that it will require a thumbnail to be created by the  
> person uploading the video.
> The real question is how best to provide an admin UI for this and  
> how best to associate on in the database? Has anyone (attempted to)  
> tackle this problem before? Or maybe there's something obvious I'm  
> missing?
> Thanks in advance.
> -Mike Schinkel
> http://mikeschinkel.com/
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