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Hulu for the Holidays: La Femme Nikita, Custom Thumbnail Images

December 7th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

Hulu for the Holidays continues with an action title to keep you entertained as the Christmas season ramps up. Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita is now available through the end of the year. It’s the film that inspired the TV series (and myriad other spy shows and movies, for that matter): a petty criminal — that’d be Nikita — is groomed to be a professional killer and, as she becomes a hardened assassin, she’s torn between her alliance to the agency and the desire to lead a normal life.

Like every other Monday, we’re also highlighting a new site feature. Today’s update targets bloggers and website editors, anyone who embeds videos from Hulu.com on their own website. Now you can select the image that appears in the embedded Hulu player before your readers start the video. For instance, the default thumbnail image for this week’s SNL Monologue features host Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) standing next to the Swedish Chef from the Muppets (played by Andy Samberg).

If you’re writing a blog entry about the clip, though, and don’t want to give away the sketch’s punchline, now you can select your own thumbnail image. As before, to embed a video, select “Embed” from the menu on the left side of the video while it’s playing. Your video will pause and the embed tool will appear, allowing you to grab the embed code (with the default image) or create a custom clip by sliding the handles at the bottom of the progress bar to the appropriate times in the video. To select your own thumbnail image, simply move the “Thumbnail” slider across the progress bar until you reach the desired screenshot. Below, for example, I’ve moved the thumbnail tool closer to the start of the video.

Custom Thumb

As you slide the thumbnail selector over, the embed code updates automatically. When you’ve found the perfect image, just click on “copy to clipboard” and paste the code to your blog publisher, like I’ve done here:

Let us know what you think about the custom thumbnails for embedded videos feature by sending any suggestions or comments to . And don’t forget to visit our Hulu for the Holidays page for the latest updates.

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