Embed Video Thumbnail in featured slider

  • jamilla

    #2165

    Hi Guys,

    When adding a new post with an embedded video, is there way this video (or the first if multiple are in the post) can be used/set as the thumbnail image in the blog list and/or featured slider..

    We occasionally post videos and want them to display in the featured slider, but there’s no thumbnail, and I need to take a screenshot of the video and set as featured image for this to display..

    Ta! Jami

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #19136

    Unfortunately, the method you described is the only way I know to do this. The slider only handles images, not videos, and it doesn’t handle any images from outside URL’s. As far as I know, this is really a jQuery issue, and not a slider issue.

    That said, you can always try replacing the theme’s slider with a slider that will handle video, such as the AntyhingSlider but that would be a fair amount of work.

    jamilla

    #19137

    Thanks Ken..

    I’ve downloaded the AnythingSlider, and it’s telling me to put this code into the theme files. Do you know where I should put this?

    <?php echo do_shortcode( "[anything_slides]" ); ?>

    Ta

    Jami

    Mod

    Kenneth John Odle

    #19138

    That’s weird — it’s echoing a shortcode.

    Have you tried just placing the shortcode ([anything_slides]) on a page or post in the Visual Editor where you want the slider? I would try that and see if it works.

    If not, use a Graphene Action Hook Widget Area.

    Admin

    Syahir Hakim

    #19139

    Ken, it’s not actually echoing a shortcode. The do_shortcode() function processes the shortcode, replacing it with actual HTML content, so that HTML content is being echoed instead. It’s similar to inserting the shortcode in a post content.

    Anonymous

    #19140

    Interesting. So is the HTML content being shown written within the function?

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    Syahir Hakim

    #19141

    Nope, but it’s defined when that shortcode is defined. Basically, every (valid) shortcode in WordPress has an accompanying function that defines how to process it. The do_shortcode() function simply runs that accompanying function.

    Anonymous

    #19142

    Gosh, talk about things being done “on the fly”.

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #19143

    This is the part I missed:

    telling me to put this code into the theme files

    So this could be accomplished with an action hook, or action hook widget, I presume.

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