There's not really anything that can be done about that. To extract frames from videos you do need some sort of application on the server to handle it. It's nearly always going to be ffmpeg because it's the most widely adopted and supported.
10-4 Dan. I think they are 30 frames per second so I don't know that length would be an issue. I like the youtube route. Why eat up my storage anyways. I just wish I had a way to state that the image has to be mp4 otherwise to use youtube.
Off the topic somewhat but while you guys are watching this, is there any way to reorder the left side bar order? I have a post on this already but its not seeing much action. Thanks guys