How to Get a Wistia Video Thumbnail Without the API

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How to Get a Wistia Video Thumbnail Without the API

Wistia video provides some handy embed codes for your videos but what if you want to create a custom player or use the thumbnail image by itself. You can use their API but the setup could me more complicated than you need. Thankfully Wistia provides Oauth url’s used in WordPress to grab the data for each video as JSON. You can use jQuery to tap into this data and output however you need. Below is a code example of it working.

Codepen Demo


<img data-src="e4a27b971d" alt="video" id="wistia-thumbnail">

<div id="wistia-embed"></div>


$(document).ready(function () {
   const wistiaID = $("#wistia-thumbnail").data("src");
   const wistiaWidth = 640;
   // iframe, async, async_popover, playlist_iframe, playlist_api, playlist_popver, and open_graph_tag
   const wistiaType = "async_popover";
   const popoverWidth = 640;
   const popoverHeight = 350;
      "" +
         wistiaID + "?embedType="+wistiaType+"&videoWidth=900&popoverWidth="+popoverWidth+"&popoverHeight="+popoverHeight,
      function (data) {
         console.log(data); // HTML content of the jQuery.ajax page

         thumbnail_url =
            data.thumbnail_url + "&" + "image_resize=" + wistiaWidth;
         $("#wistia-thumbnail").attr("src", thumbnail_url);



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