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As an avid Tumblr user, I see a lot of great GIFs. Some of my favorite GIFs use clips from movies, or TV, or even YouTube. In an effort to perpetuate a movement towards more GIFs on the web, I want to share how to turn a video into a GIF In this Instructable I will go over how these GIFs are made.

You will need:
  • Photoshop
  • Quicktime
  • An internet browser

Step 1: Getting a video clip.

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For my clip I will be using footage of my co-worker, Gary. He is an excellent dancer and has consented to be featured in this Instructable. I used my video-camera to record Gary dancing, and then opened the clip in Quicktime.

It is important to use a relatively short clip for this, you want to keep your file-sizes down. I cut down my original clip of 20 or so seconds down to 2 seconds. That's about 60ish frames of video.

An easy way to shorten videos in Quicktime is to use the Trim command. (Command + T, or Edit>Trim)

After the video has been trimmed, it is time to export it.  (Shift + Command + S, or File>Export)

I use the 480p dedicated export settings, and make sure it saves as a .MOV file.

Rohits111 months ago

nice article ! explaining in details to convert a video into gif animation.

Xinkiko11 months ago
Penolopy Bulnick made it!1 year ago

I dids it!

deschmeyer2 years ago
here is my attempt for free pro acct
audreyobscura (author)  deschmeyer2 years ago
awesome good work!
Dendad2 years ago
I have an app on my iPhone that's great for making animated GIFs. It's easy, fun and it's FREE!. It's called GifBoom. I'll try to attach one that I recently completed. Hope it works.
thinkdunson2 years ago
is Elements or Premiere Elements be able to create gifs?
audreyobscura (author)  thinkdunson2 years ago
Is there a "File>Import from Video" option? I have never used elements....
i don't have it either… i was hoping someone could tell me if it would work before getting it.

additionally, does anyone know of another program, preferably free (without pirating it), that can create gifs?
audreyobscura (author)  thinkdunson2 years ago
Mikeasaurus explains how to do it in GIMP....

thank you.
bbontems2 years ago
Thanks! I've always tried to make gifs, but I can never get it to work correctly. I managed to make this gif of Andrew Garfield from the Daleks in Manhattan episode of Doctor Who. Any ideas on how to add text? The only way I could think of was to add the text in the same exact spot in every single frame. Which is a bit tedious...
olmon2 years ago
Much easier to convert the video clip to either MP4 or WMV, take into Window Live movie maker, take a sequence of snapshots of what you want to make a GIF of . then go into Photoscape & put the snapshots together as a GIF. Makes excellent GIFs using free programs. http://download-photoscape-free.com/
miguipda2 years ago

it is good except you use tools that must be bought.

Then how could we do it with other tools like Gimp (Photoshop like and free) and others solutions ?

Have a nice day,

Miguipda ;-)
stuuf miguipda2 years ago
ffmpeg can transcode video files into gif. of course you have to specify all the time selection, croping, and scaling options on the command line, but that's always more fun anyway
I got you covered: make an animated GIF
I'd like to see that too. :D
amesj2 years ago
Your friend Gary looks like Cameron from Ferris Bueller's day off!
Kemerd2 years ago
Lol, thumbs up if you saw the girl in the backround shaking her head back and forth.
atasevski2 years ago
There... No more pain :)


Thanks a lot man, I really needed this.
There's a non-software way of making the gif from a video as well. Try this
Personally I tend to use a program called Super (C) Media Converter. Be warned, it's a very crappy obscure website, great tool though. Also look out during the install, because it asks to install some crappy toolbar I think. But it's essentially a GUI front-end to ffmpeg with a lot of codecs strapped to it. That way you don't have to install quicktime on your computer either!
Jayefuu2 years ago
Ha. That's excellent. Is Amanda singing in the background?
audreyobscura (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
This was filmed during your residency - I've been holding off on publishing though...
Very Useful
budhaztm2 years ago
thats pretty neat.
kazmataz2 years ago
This makes me happy :)