GIFs or animated images are breaking still waters as it personalizes our reactions over the web. GIFs have actually been around back in the 90’s but it has made a grand comeback in 2015. GIFs started as tiny clipart images which have now evolved into an artistic cross between image and video which is very different from the GIFs people had been exposed to 25 years ago.
The use of GIFs is now considered very important especially in social media. GIFs are perfect when you want to capture attention in an instant because the loop between image and video is certainly attention-grabbing (without trying too hard).
GIF integration has been popular especially on Twitter, Buzzfeed, and Tumblr and exchanges of GIFs have become a trend. Passing these GIFs around social media circles boost web presence and branding prominence too.
While images are awesome, GIFs beat pictures at their game because these are like mini-videos that tell stories in a matter of seconds.
The ongoing rise on GIF trend is now calling for more social media sites to provide GIF support. With different apps available like Gifboom, Photoshop, GIMP, and Cinemagram, you can now easily create your own GIFs. Here’s a quick guide on how to make a GIF from videos and images:
Using Jiffy – If you want to make quick GIFs without cleaning up images or subtitles then this is the GIF maker for you. This is a chrome extension.
- Install Jiffy as a Google chrome extension.
- Whenever you watch YouTube videos, there will be Jiffy controls right underneath the description.
- Place the specified start and end times of the video and then the app will cut it up as directed.
- This will be converted into a GIF and will provide you with an Imgur link that you can easily copy and paste everywhere on social media.
Using GIMP – This is a free and open source type of photo editor that resembles the features of Photoshop. This is dubbed to the one of the most versatile and popular photo editing suites that you can get at zero costs. This is created for Linux, Mac, and Windows users.
You need both GIMP GAP and GIMP to create GIFs. To create GIFs from videos, here’s what you need to do:
- Save a video file of the GIF that you want to create in MP4 format.
- Open the chosen video file on VLC.
- Click on View and choose “Advanced Controls”.
- Start the playhead for about 5-10 seconds right before the clip action you want recorded.
- Click on the red “Record” button.
- Press on “Play”
- When you’re done recording, press on the red “Record” button again.
- You have now captured the clip that you want to create as a GIF.
- Open Gimp.
- Click on “Video” then go to “Split Video into Frames”.
- Click on “Extract Video Range.”
- Open and choose the video file created.
- Click on “Video Range” for a video preview.
- Scroll through the preview to identify the preferred first and last frames for your GIF.
- Enter the first frame into “First Frame” panel found on the right and then the last frame to the “To Frame” on the box right below it.
- Make sure that the option “Create Only One Multilayer Image” is checked. Click on OK to create a new file window with your GIF on it.
- Choose “File” then click on “Export As”.
- Browse on the folder then give it a file name saved as a .gif.
- Check to ensure that the “Loop Forever” is highlighted or checked.
- Click on “Export”.
- Now you’ve created your own GIF!