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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.

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.


<p>I use iDealshare VideoGo to convert video to GIF or convert GIF to other video formats.<br>Here is a sample on how to use it at <a href="http://www.idealshare.net/video-converter/mp4-to-gif-converter-mac-windows.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.idealshare.net/video-converter/mp4-to-gif-converter-mac-windows.html</a></p>
<p>I highly recommend iDealshare VideoGo which can convert any video to GIF like WMV to GIF, MP4 to GIF, MOV to GIF etc</p><p>Here is the step by step guide at </p><p><a href="http://www.idealshare.net/video-converter/wmv-to-gif-converter.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.idealshare.net/video-converter/wmv-to-g...</a></p>
<p>awesome!</p>
<p>Thanks! Hehe here's my GIF :) </p>
You may also try this step by step guide to convert WMV to GIF at <br>http://www.idealshare.net/video-converter/wmv-to-gif-converter.html <br> <br>In fact it can convert all kinds of video formats to GIF or convert GIF to any video format. <br> <br>
<p>I always use a FREE video converter to convert my video clip to GIF. It is more simple and faster. But i am a mac user so this free video converter called <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id520374433" rel="nofollow"><strong>Total Video Converter Lite</strong> </a>is designed for Mac user, if you are also a mac user, you could try this app.</p>
<p>Nice article! But I have a easier way to make GIF from a video clip! Just use <a href="http://www.etinysoft.com/total-video-converter-hd.html" rel="nofollow">Total Video Converter for Mac </a>to convert my video clip to GIF! Direct and Simple!</p>
<p>wow, perfect!<br>I got try this video to gif converter, so you don't need PS app, and if you can play the video, it can help you convert video to gif from any format videos. maybe you can free download and have a try from <a href="http://www.e-pdf.net/gif-maker.php" rel="nofollow">http://www.e-pdf.net/gif-maker.php</a></p><p>there also a step by step guide on Youtube, I have watch over just now!<br>here is the link<br>http://youtu.be/jg-3WLFu9Lo</p>
<p>wow, perfect!<br>I got try this video to gif converter, so you don't need PS app, and if you can play the video, it can help you convert video to gif from any format videos. maybe you can free download and have a try from <a href="http://www.e-pdf.net/gif-maker.php" rel="nofollow">http://www.e-pdf.net/gif-maker.php</a></p><p>there also a step by step guide on Youtube, I have watch over just now!<br>here is the link<br>http://youtu.be/jg-3WLFu9Lo</p>
<p>wow, perfect!<br>I got try this video to gif converter, so you don't need PS app, and if you can play the video, it can help you convert video to gif from any format videos. maybe you can free download and have a try from <a href="http://www.e-pdf.net/gif-maker.php" rel="nofollow">http://www.e-pdf.net/gif-maker.php</a></p><blockquote>there also a step by step guide on Youtube, I have watch over just now!<br>here is the link<br>http://youtu.be/jg-3WLFu9Lo</blockquote>
<p>nice article ! explaining in details to convert a video into gif animation.</p>
<p>I dids it!</p>
<p>Hello, you may get the video animation image with <a href="http://www.videograbber.net/convert-video-into-gif-animation.html" rel="nofollow">tutorial</a> as listed.</p>
here is my attempt for free pro acct
awesome good work!
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.
is Elements or Premiere Elements be able to create gifs?
Is there a "File>Import from Video" option? I have never used elements....
i don't have it either&hellip; i was hoping someone could tell me if it would work before getting it.<br><br>additionally, does anyone know of another program, preferably free (without pirating it), that can create gifs?
Mikeasaurus explains how to do it in GIMP....<br /><br /><br />http://www.instructables.com/id/make-an-animated-GIF/
awesome. <br>thank you.
Thanks! I've always tried to make gifs, but I can never get it to work correctly. I managed to make <a href="http://i.imgur.com/g3UBKNG.gif" rel="nofollow">this gif</a> 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...
But using Apple things is well... only tragic people use them.<br> <br> Although it's not as bad as Microsoft, it's no where near as good as Linux.<br> <br> And the awful Apple MOV format, creates files that are like 10 x as large in size, as other formats.<br> <br> It's a great instructible, but such a poor choice of operating system and software.<br> <br> <br> But then, you don't use Linux do you.<br> <br>
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 &amp; put the snapshots together as a GIF. Makes excellent GIFs using free programs. http://download-photoscape-free.com/
Hi, <br> <br>it is good except you use tools that must be bought. <br> <br>Then how could we do it with other tools like Gimp (Photoshop like and free) and others solutions ? <br> <br>Have a nice day, <br> <br>Miguipda ;-)
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: <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/make-an-animated-GIF/">make an animated GIF</a>
I'd like to see that too. :D
Your friend Gary looks like Cameron from Ferris Bueller's day off!
Lol, thumbs up if you saw the girl in the backround shaking her head back and forth.
There... No more pain :) <br> <br>http://i.imgur.com/CVWAeRa.gif <br> <br>Thanks a lot man, I really needed this.
There's a non-software way of making the gif from a video as well. Try <strong><a href="http://imgflip.com/gifgenerator">this</a></strong>
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!
Ha. That's excellent. Is Amanda singing in the background?
This was filmed during your residency - I've been holding off on publishing though...
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Very Useful
thats pretty neat.
This makes me happy :)

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