Embed video with still image on "top"

I have a video that needs to be used on a webpage.  I understand how to do that basic item. What  I am looking for a way to overlay a still image on the container that when clicked will start the video playing on the site.  The issue I have found with YouTube and Vimeo is that the freeze frame they use for the embed image is the exact middle of the video.  Typically this frame is not very pleasant to look at and does not convey what the video is about.  I am hoping to have nice looking image that will keep the user on the site not open a new window to the video hosted site.
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lherrouConnect With a Mentor Commented:

Basically, the best way to do this is with CSS and Javascript. Typically, you overlay a container with your image, and then use OnClick to remove that layer and start the video.

The following is one example of how to go about it: http://www.ajaxprojects.com/ajax/tutorialdetails.php?itemid=401

tty5Author Commented:
Sorry for the delay I was hoping to try it out before I responded but time got away from me. I am sure it will work. I am working mostly on legacy sites 7+ years old and I learn "new" things on an as needed basis.  

And yes, I remember NS Horizons! chuckle.  If you called for a system serial number in the late 80's there is a good chance you spoke to me, we were one of 2 phone numbers techs would call.  Hard to imagine that now.  Thanks for your help.
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