New feature: Thumbnail options for Instagram videos with Sked

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Do you use video in your Instagram strategy? Apparently, while videos get fewer likes, they tend to get more comments and can spark engagement on your account. Overall, only about a third of Instagram posts are videos but they nevertheless matter when you’re trying to tell a story.

Thumbnails or preview images help your followers decide whether to watch the video you just posted or not. Which is why it’s important for the thumbnail to be compelling and eye-catching.

Instagram defaults to the first frame of the video for the preview image but in the app, you can choose whatever thumbnail works best for your video.

While this wasn’t possible with Sked (formerly Schedugram) before (due to technical issues), you can now choose between two options for the video thumbnail: the first frame of the video or the middle frame of the video.

While we understand this isn’t perfect, we’re constantly working to give you the features that you ask for.

How to Change Your Video Thumbnail Settings in Sked

When you publish an Instagram video post with Sked, it will automatically use the first frame of the video to create the thumbnail preview.

To change this to the middle frame, go into your account and click on Manage Accounts → Account Actions → Account Settings.

Then, scroll down to the ‘Video thumbnail/cover settings’ area and turn on the middle frame option (see below).


Once that’s done, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click ‘Save Settings’. Now, whenever you upload a video, the middle frame will be used to create the thumbnail preview.

To upload a video, proceed to the Upload Post dashboard and select your Instagram account(s).
Click ‘Video’ as the upload format in the left-hand side of the Upload Media section and proceed to upload your video.

Instagram Thumbnail Video - Sked

To check it out, click on the preview icon after you’ve uploaded a video (see below).

Instagram Thumbnail Video - Sked

And you’ll see exactly what it will look in your feed.

Instagram Thumbnail Video - Sked

We hope this helps make your videos more compelling! As usual, we’re eager to hear your feedback, feel free to leave a comment here or reach out to [email protected]!

If you’re looking to carve out hours in your social media workflow, sign up for Sked’s 7-day trial. Our all-in-one Instagram scheduler allows you to automatically post images, carousels, Stories, videos and more. Tag locations, users and products and manage all your hashtags in one place to save 5+ hours every week.

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Dunja Lazic

Dunja is a writer turned marketer, usually shares product updates & occasional opinions on new trends. Dunja runs marketing at Sked Social and would love it if you signed up after reading this!


    1. Hi Skye!

      You can update this setting in your account settings. Head to ‘manage accounts’ in your Schedugram dashboard, then choose “account actions” > “account settings” and navigate to the video thumbnail option.

      If you need any help, feel free to reach out to support!


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