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get YouTube video thumbnail from embedded video in Wordpress

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I'm setting up a query of posts in a Wordpress theme.  I'd like to make it as simple as possible and grab the thumbnail of the YouTube video embedded in the posts.

I am embedding the Youtube videos by copying the URL to the content editor.  

What I'd like to do, is be able to pull that video URL and use the thumbnail generator to display that videos thumbnail in the query list as a link image.

something like:

<img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/<?php echo the_content; ?>/#.jpg

I'm not sure if that's possible or the best practice, but doesn't seem too far out of the realm of what may be already native in Wordpress and I'm just not looking in the right place.  Any suggestions?
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by:William Nettmann
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I doubt there is functionality in WordPress to do that directly, but this should put you on he right path:

http://tubularinsights.com/youtube-thumbnail-image/
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by:Alicia St Rose
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Hi!
Why are you placing the post content in the image file path? You'd probably want to use a custom field for this.

As far as video thumbnails, I've used this plugin in the past:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/video-thumbnails/

Are you wanting the video image to be the featured image in your list of posts when you have a Video post? That's what this plugin can do for you?

You can also use custom fields and create a field for the video thumbnail image link you get from the tool William Nettmann pointed you to. Then you can use this variable in your query loop. Maybe just have a field for the Video ID and hardcode the rest of the URL in the template.

Advanced Custom Fields or Piklist are great for creating fields quickly!
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by:axessJosh
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yea, i figured it wasn't a native ability within wordpress and thought about custom fields which would do it for sure but i have a very needy client.  The fewer steps I give them the better.  

I was hoping to do some kind of PHP Explode or something (not even sure what I'm saying there) to be able to capture the Video ID from the url and use that to get the thumbnail.

any ideas?
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by:William Nettmann
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This expert suggested creating a Gigs project.
You have been given several ideas already - if you still don't know what to do, I suggest you consider posting a Gig and get someone to do it for you.
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by:axessJosh
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yes, and i think I alluded in my last comment that those ideas are good, but I was hoping to get more out of the content itself.

Is there a way to parse the URL out of the content and grab that video ID?
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