Video Thumbnails are those images that act as the preview or “cover” for the videos you upload to YouTube, Vimeo, or other hosting service. They are the calling card that should make the viewer want to click on your video to see more.
Most video hosting services will automatically create them from your video when you upload it but you should never settle for something so bad. Instead, you should be creating your video thumbnails using graphic design software such as Canva or Photoshop or even a simple online tool like the one that Adobe offers.
Knowing how that thumbnail is going to look once it is uploaded is another story entirely. Yes, using Canva you can simply pick a template that you know will work, that doesn’t show you how it will actually look and for that, you can use a simple tool called ThumbsUp.tv.
All you have to do is go to the site, upload your thumbnail, and enter the title of the video. Once that is done, you get a full page showing how this video will look once it is launched. Here is the Thumbnail for our podcast episode about Event Tech Live.
There really is nothing easier and best of all, it is free.