This is the first version of the custom thumbnail tool and only changes the thumbnail within Kinja. This means you must also update the thumbnail in MCP if you’re syndicating a video to YouTube via MCP. The next phase will also set the custom thumbnail within MCP.

How to set a custom thumbnail for an MCP video in Kinja:

  • Click on the Insert Video button in the editor tools
  • Choose an existing MCP video or upload a new video
  • Once the video renders in the editor, click on the player to reveal the menu pictured below
  • Click on the thumbnail icon (third from the left) and upload your preferred image


This image will be the thumbnail for all on-site recirc and for the video permalink. If you use a custom thumbnail on Kinja please remember it will need to be updated in MCP for any additional syndication, such as YouTube.