I would like to be able to access both the Video Flash Object, as well as the Video Thumbnail filepath from the Node Display. Please let me know if I can provide more info, not sure anything else is relevant! Thanks!

Clarification: Basically I want to be able to be able to output both the video with a custom resolution, and the thumbnail through an imagecache preset, from either a custom module, or within template.php. Essentially I would hope to end up with both the final video HTML and image HTML as individual objects or php variables, so I can then output them wherever I like from within the relevant node.tpl.php. I'm assuming there's a simple theme() function I can use for both of the above. The embedded video at this time can come from either Youtube/Vimeo.

  • can you explain the context? how would you like to be able to video object and the thumbnail path? do you need it globally, on certain nodes? etc.
    – zerolab
    Sep 6, 2011 at 12:18

1 Answer 1


One way to do it is to set the video field display mode to full video under /content/types/CONTENT_TYPE/display then add the thumbnail via theme_emvideo_video_thumbnail() as a variable using themename_preprocess_node(&$vars) in your theme's template.php -OR- print it directly in your node.tpl

The trick to theme_emvideo_video_thumbnail(($field, $item, $formatter, $node, $no_link = FALSE, $options = array())) is to provide all the right parameters. Especially $options


  // code adapted from emvideo.theme.inc
  // ignore the <?php tag

  $system_types = _content_type_info();
  $field_name = 'field_video'; // the machine name of your video field

  $field = $system_types['fields'][$field_name];
  $field['widget'] = $system_types['content types'][$node->type]['fields'][$field_name]['widget']; // get CCK widget data. includes all formatting settings

  $options['return_url'] = TRUE; //return URL
  $options['raw'] = TRUE; // return image path. Otherwise node path is returned

  print theme('emvideo_video_thumbnail', $field, $node->{$field_name}[0], 'video_thumbnail', $node, FALSE, $options);

In template.php

// change MYTHEME with the theme's machine name or use phptemplate
function MYTHEME_preprocess_node(&$vars) {
  if ($vars->type == "mynodetype") {
    // see code above
    $vars->video_thumbnail = theme('emvideo_video_thumbnail'...);

Then <?php print $video_thumbnail; ?> where you need it in node.tpl.php (-OR- use the first code block directly in the node template)

Hope it helps.


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