Recently I found a video on the net ( a .mp4 file), and when I had it on my computer with Windows7, I noticed its thumbnail was not the average windows 7 video thumbnail (which looks like a piece of video film with a random picture from the movie), but a custom thumbnail!

Looking in the file properties did not help find the correct button to change the thumbnail, so I just wonder how he did it! Here is a picture: thumbnail left: the custom thumbnail, right: the average thumbnail...


This is similar to the meta information used by mp3 sound files to add album art. By default, video editors use the default format you show on the right. But you can either specify the still image in the video editor or with a separate ID3 editor. Basically these editors let you modify a bit more attributes than right clicking the file and picking "properties" to change the title, artist, etc. Search for "MP4 ID3 tag editor" to find lists of available software.

  • Perfect. Solved. One simple thing: the absence of "holes" on the sides of the picture only happens for thumbnails with aspect ratio "portrait" or similar. With a wide thumbnail, there will be "holes"! PS: sorry I lack 2 rep to vote up your answer! :-/ – MrBrody Jun 29 '12 at 2:45
  • Your idea wrecked a lot of my videos. It does help in edit the tags for MP4 videos, but the sound disappear's. – Chainsaw Dec 30 '14 at 7:09

VLC does it easily: Tools > Media Information > R-Click in thumbnail > add cover art from file.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.