Extract thumbnails from videos

We offer a variety of video encoding features like optimizing for different devices, merging, injecting ads, changing audio tracks, or adding company logos.

The /video/thumbs Robot extracts any number of images from videos for use as previews.

What can I do with this?

Our /video/thumbs Robot can be used in combination with other Robots, to create powerful workflows unique to your use case. For inspiration, here are example scenarios, with explanations and code for all platforms, that you can also try live on our website:


This Robot supports parameters such as count, offsets, format, width, height and 4 more to influence its behavior. Read all about the technical details in its docs.

Blog posts

We wrote the following posts about the /video/thumbs Robot on our blog:


Transloadit is a SaaS with a subscription model.

We offer a discount of 90%, effectively counting only every tenth byte of videos that you extract with /video/thumbs. Assuming an average input video of 80MB and an output of 4.0MB, here's what it would approximately cost to extract videos per Plan:

Plan Price Costs per file within your Plan Overage Fee
Sandbox (2GB) Free $0.0
to extract 27 videos
Startup (10GB) $49/month $0.362
to extract the first 135 videos
Small Business (30GB) $99/month $0.244
to extract the first 406 videos
Medium Business (150GB) $249/month $0.123
to extract the first 2031 videos
Enterprise 📞 - N/A

Just like with your mobile plan, pricing goes down when you commit to larger monthly volumes. When you reach your plan's limit, we'll continue to service you, but remind you to upgrade to more cost-efficient plans. This is unless you explicitly set budgets. You can change plans at any time. More info and available plans on our Pricing page.

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