I wish to add YouTube videos to my site as links - I want to use a thumbnail of the video. I'm not concerned with which thumbnail used (as discussed here: How to control preview image in Youtube)

What I am concerned with is how the play etc. buttons look on a thumbnail (i.e. everything reduced in size from how it would appear in YouTube).

What options do YouTube themselves offer? And what about 3rd-party solutions?

Facebook for example does this quite well - the thumbnail is not too cluttered and will expand when clicked onto to a usable size to view the video at a reasonable size on the same page (an example of my requirement for behaviour when clicked).

Any examples of such customisations on Drupal sites, please? Thanks in advance :)

  • Which version of Drupal are you using?
    – Chapabu
    Jan 4, 2012 at 12:04
  • @Chapabu Drupal 7 - more specifically using a Drupal Gardens site export as starting point because it has the Acquia Media module setup to manage galleries out-of-the-box. Thanks for your comment. Jan 4, 2012 at 12:54

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I recommend the Video Embed Field module, it's pretty new but under active development. It will just show the thumbnail and when you click it load the video player page.

However, they are working on a lightbox integration (video plays in a popup modal) and you might want to suggest the "Facebook player functionality" as a new feature to them.

  • Can I use it with Drupal 7 Views 3? Jan 4, 2012 at 22:27
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    yes. Btw, if the thumbnail doesn't turn into a link just rewrite it to "node/[nid]".
    – uwe
    Jan 4, 2012 at 23:43
  • A bit more detail about which options to choose in Views would be welcome too. Jan 5, 2012 at 9:53
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    checkout drupal.org/node/1349834 once you have it installed and configured
    – uwe
    Jan 5, 2012 at 18:53

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