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MediaElement.PosterSource property

Applies to Windows and Windows Phone

Gets or sets the image source that is used for a placeholder image during MediaElement loading transition states.


public ImageSource PosterSource { get; set; }

<MediaElement PosterSource="imageUri" />

Property value

Type: ImageSource

An image source for a transition ImageBrush that is applied to the MediaElement content area.


A PosterSource is an image, such as a screen shot or movie poster, that is displayed in place of the media. It provides your MediaElement with a visual representation before the media is loaded.

The PosterSource is displayed in the following situations:

  • When a valid source is not set. For example, Source is not set, Source was set to Null, or the source is invalid (as is the case when a MediaFailed event fires).
  • While media is loading. For example, a valid source is set, but the MediaOpened event has not fired yet.
  • During Play To streaming.


Minimum supported client

Windows 8

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8.1 [Windows Runtime apps only]


Windows::UI::Xaml::Controls [C++]



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