For best results, open the Video tab in the Chrome Web Store, and tap the ‘Videos’ link. In the video dropdown list pick a video (or video player) you want to set a background for. You can also toggle video background setting on and off from the Settings menu, if you prefer.
Do all YouTube videos have a similar background? No. While there are a number of YouTube videos on the site that are the same, the color scheme of those videos changes from video upload to video upload. For example, some videos have a gold color scheme while others have a blue hue.
We’ve found that most people tend to find them easier to navigate in one specific format then another. So we’re happy to offer several different YouTube videos in different video browsers based on your choice of video type (TV, Web, Podcast, etc). Select “Use the selected browser” to get the available formats:
Note: This option doesn’t work for all video formats, and can only work in certain browser and video browsers.
If you haven’t selected a background color, you’ll see an image link if we’ve taken the time to customize your background. We won’t add you to our custom colors. So please be sure to make sure you’ve chosen the right background color. Thanks!
Can I use my background photo as the thumbnail with video previews? Yep! You can use just about any photo file you have as the thumbnail of your video. If you don’t have one handy, grab a photo from Google Photos or your computer.
What about video previews that have been automatically added by Google? When previewing a YouTube video, we provide preview icons that appear in the center of the video screen. These icons are designed to remind you on what’s happening, and they are available in the Web, Podcast, and TV previewing formats.
What about when I save an image as a video’s thumbnail? We may use that image file when previewing your video, but if its size is smaller than the actual file size we will add a thumbnail to the next thumbnail. So for example, if you’re embedding the same video into your blog post, its original video is about 200kb in size. In order for the video to use up that small bit of space, it must be larger than the image in the preview, which means if the preview was 480p you’d be getting the same preview, but with a smaller image size. So save on quality