Don’t you think that visual content is a cool thing? Yes, it is. But why? Because it attracts and grabs users’ attention. GIF-animations themselves are a wonderful type of such content appropriate for blogs, social media networks and for whatever you like. You’ll find out how to create a GIF-animation below.
How to create an animated GIF from a video clip
This is a very easy handy tool for creating animated GIFs out of YouTube videos. To use this tool, copy a link to a video, put it in the search field on the home page and press “Enter”:
As soon as a video has been uploaded, pick a necessary video fraction, select playback speed (frames per second) and press “Capture”:
Then, in a new window you may add some captions to your GIF, if there’s no need to do this, just pick “Publish”:
On the next page choose “View gif” and save it (press down the right mouse button, “Save as”). A gif created via this service:
Shortcomings of the program:
- There’s always a logo of the program on an animated GIF
- Impossibility to choose time diapason accurate to the millisecond
- Impossibility to choose an image size
This service has more advanced settings. It allows to choose an image size (though 480px and more are available only in the full and pay version), cut GIFs, add captions to it, find out the size of a GIF image, change playback speed, remove the logo (in paid version). Time diapason can be chosen up to milliseconds, which is also convenient.
An animated GIF created via this program:
Cons of the service:
- Most useful functions are available in the pay version only which is $9, 95 per month.
If you don’t want logos of other programs to be on your GIF, you can use Photoshop. Even if you have no experience in working with this program, you’ll make it. Just follow the guide below.
- Find a necessary video on YouTube and download it to your computer. You can do it with the help of the program like “Savedeo” and others of the same kind.
- Choose and cut a video fragment. You can do it with the help of any video-splitter or default Windows Movie Maker and Windows Live Movie Maker. Make sure that your video is no longer than 2-3 seconds, otherwise the file is going to be too large and heavy. These very programs allow to add necessary captions.
- Open it with Photoshop. Select File – Import - Video frames to layers.
- Experiment with settings. Choose File – Save for Web and then try to alter the settings so as the image weight not to exceed several megabytes. Initially my video size was 33, 12 megabytes.
- Save the GIF. Enjoy the beautiful image with no watermarks and program logos
This service permits you to create GIFs directly from video files and video sites. The main advantage is that it’s free of charge and there’s no advertising in it. The program’s easy to handle with.
This is one of the most popular online tools for creating a GIF and what makes it so great is its ability to create GIFs in just about anyway possible. You can create a GIF from a YouTube video, from a video on your local drive, from multiple images, and from your webcam. The only catch is that if you want a higher quality GIF and with no watermark, you need to sign up for the service.
First things first you need to choose from which source you’re going to create a GIF. Our GIF source is YouTube.
Then you need to copy a link to a video on YouTube and Paste it in the field like below:
Then you select proper parameters for your GIF as follows:
After setting the parameters select “Create GIF at the bottom of the pafe” and wait until the video GIF is done.
How to create an animated GIF from the screencast
Licecap allows to select any part of the screen and to create a GIF from it. A great virtue of this program is that it can cast a video both in a browser and in any other program.
This works by the same token as Licecap but it has a more modern interface. Basically, it’s the only difference.
How to create a GIF from pictures
This is one more program for creating GIFs from pictures. Ezgif lets add captions to your GIF and other visual effects. But it doesn’t permit to add your own logo to a picture.
The beauty in Picasion is not in the uploading capabilities, but those for capturing photos. In addition to general uploading options for importing photos straight from your computer, Flickr, Picasa, or a URL, Picasion users can allow the application to access and take a series of timed photos using their webcam. Picasion doesn’t have any advanced tools. It only has an option for creating GIFs and avatars.
The free site allows users to upload and subsequently stitch together a series of images, from JPEG to GIF, before viewing the final product in a preview window located on the right side of the page. Once the images are uploaded, users can refine adjustments to canvas size (up to 360,000 pixels) and animation speed (up to 10,000 milliseconds).
First off, you need to upload pictures which you’re going to use for your GIF. After it you need to fix settings according to your preferences on the control panel. Finally, select “Create GIF Animation”
How to create a GIF on a mobile phone
This application works on phones based on iOS and Android. It’s totally free of charge and is easy to work with.
The app is swift, well-designed, and touts the kind of feature set we only wish was offered on the Web. Look no further if you’re looking to use a quality GIF maker.
Tools for any tastes
To sum up, there are plenty of programs and services for creating GIFs. I have reviewed only 11 of them. If the info has been useful for you, I am ready to answer all your questions and will be grateful for reposting.