I have wanted to make a GIF out of videos clips many times and have struggled with finding a way to do so without buying software (which i seem to have subconsciously promised myself never to do.). i thought i would share this chain of programs with the instructable community, somebody has to be as cheap as me.
Step 1: Install Software
what were going to do to accomplish this task is first break down an AVI files frames into JPGs. then turn the JPGs into the frames of the GIF.
Video editor. if your using a pc your going to have windows movie maker already installed. if your using linux chances are you have the knowhow to at least find a decent video editing software if you don't already know how to do this whole process already. you might not need this program if you have a already trimmed AVI file.
Light saber maker
as you can deduce this program is for editing light saber effects into video files. as you can probably also deduce this is not what we are using it for. believe it or not this is the only stable (for the most part) freeware i could find that could separate an AVI files frames into images (for our needs, JPGs.).
Newest GIMP version
for combining your JPGs into one GIF.
your going to want to make a new folder to contain your project in. create a new folder in your Pictures folder or My Pictures folder .
Step 2: Edit You Video File
because the nuances and bugs of WMM (Windows Movie Maker) are many, im going to use the well used technique of the lazy instructable writer, and leave you with someone elses tutorial so i dont have to write my own. Tutorial . all you gotta know is the end result has to be a AVI file. save it in you new project folder.
Step 3: Convert Avi to Jpgs
click import. once the import dialog has open you will want to browse for your file, then click the 2nd option in the "Video Import Method" box, or DirectShow (for some reason WMM exports to some strange variant of the DVI file and standard settings don't work). this is the point you usually use the software for video editing, were going to skip that step and instead export what you have imported to JPGs, as shown below. the next dialog will ask you for quality, say 100. the next dialog will ask you to define specific range of frames to be exported in numerical format. just click end on the "To" side of the dialog. the next dialog will ask where you want all the JPGs to be saved. browse for your new project folder.
Step 4: Combining JPGs Into One GIF
you should now have your GIF, upload it somewhere. windows standard image viewing software, Windows Photo Gallery does not support animated GIFs and will only display one frame. you will have to open it in a Internet browser.