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Thanks to this answer I have embedded a YouTube video in a Text Widget using

[video src="http://youtu.be/JQ_2De2cnzI&rel=0&showinfo=0"]

However it displays as this blank player when the page is loaded:

Blank YouTube player

I've tried adding a &start=1 to get it to show the first frame of the video but that doesn't have any effect.

How can I get this embedded player to show a still from the video instead of this blank player?

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Try adding another attribute

[video src="http://youtu.be/JQ_2De2cnzI&rel=0&showinfo=0" poster="/path/to/image-placeholder"]

See the Codex

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