In my latest post I told you I was starting a video series on Kubernetes and its ecosystem.
As part of the process, I uploaded all the streams on Youtube. I uploaded the first video without thinking it through. Still, for the second, I decided that it would be good to have a thumbnail for the video, and why would I do it manually if there is a way to automate it?
I first designed the thumbnail using Inkscape and saved it as
thumbnail.svg, the output is the image below:
The rest is simple; the SVG format is just text, so every time I want to generate a new thumbnail, I can run:
export TOPIC=kubectl; sed "s/topic/$TOPIC/" thumbnail.svg | convert -size 2560x1440 svg:- "$TOPIC.png"
This process will also help if I change the template slightly and want to regenerate the thumbnails for all the videos.