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Need help with an embedded youtube video. How do I add a static image before people press play?

I am working on this site: and would like to know how to add or overlay a different static image over the embedded youtube video. We would like the image to be different than the one youtube made as the default and when someone clicks in the center of the image, we want the video to play. How do I go about this? In the page for wordpress there is a section where you place the embed code. I am assuming I would have to edit or add some kind of code there? Please help.

Thanks in advance.
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RartemassAuthor, martial arts coach, IT ConsultantCommented:
To change these I believe the only option is to become a youtube partner by enabling your account.

Here are the details on the program:

It is free but there are criteria you must meet first. They are specified here:

Once you are a partner you can change the banner image and have access to other benefits.

The other option you have is to upload the video to Vimeo.com as I believe they allow you to do this by default.

Here is a video on doing what you want in Vimeo (easier to see in full screen mode):

Here is a handy guide to embed the Vimeo links in Wordpress:
designroxAuthor Commented:
I was told yesterday that maybe imovie can do something like this. Do you know if that is correct?
RartemassAuthor, martial arts coach, IT ConsultantCommented:
imovie is editing software. while it probably can do this -I haven't used it so can't comment- I doubt it would make any difference. Youtube selects 3 stills to choose from based on their algorithms. To choose your own you need to become a partner. If you were hosting the video file yourself then imovie may help you. Using youtube you are stuck with their terms of service.
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