I have been looking around for a good way of inserting video files into my WordPress Blog and I ran into Extreme Video Plugin which is a very nice plugin and does exactly what I was looking for. As a way of saving bandwidth this plugin will show a proxy image of the QuickTime logo and ask the user to click before the video starts loading. That's a nice feature but I really would like to see an image of the animation instead of the QuickTime logo so I had a look at the code for the plugin and found that most of the functionality for adding a user-defined image was there, all I had to do was change the code a little.
Here is the the modified version of the Extreme Video Plugin for WordPress, right click and ‘save link as':
The installation is the same as the original plugin.
To use it add the option qt_proxy_image="path_to_your_thumbnail" to your standard Extreme Video tag (look here for examples).
I haven't played around with the Style for this plugin that much, I just disabled the borders and paddings because my site has a white background and that made it look neater, you might have to play around to make it look right for your site.
Here is an example of a QuickTime video inserted into a WordPress blog:
[gv data=”http://rumi.studio2pi.com.au/gallery2/d/2286-1/ball.mov” qt_proxy_image=”anims/thumbnails/ball_proxy.jpg”][/gv]