How to Create Animated Gifs

Would you like to create an animated GIF from a funny video you found on YouTube? Do you have a series of images saved on your PC and would you like to merge them to create an animated GIF? Don't worry, it is a much simpler and more immediate operation than you imagine. And no, there is no need to "tinker" with complicated graphics software to get the desired result.

Obviously they haven't told you yet, but there are ultra-intuitive applications and even online services that allow you to create animated GIFs in a very simple way. Using them you can "capture" portions of videos from YouTube, take videos you have on your PC or merge multiple images in order to turn them into animated GIFs, all in a handful of clicks.

The GIFs obtained will be playable without problems in any web browser and in any image viewer, including those for smartphones and tablets. In short, I don't really know what you are waiting for: immediately take a few minutes of free time and find out how to create fantastic animated GIFs thanks to the instructions I am about to give you. I bet you will be amazed by the quality of the results you will be able to obtain!

Giphy (online)

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to create animated GIFs, you can only turn to Giphy. If you have never heard of it, Giphy is one of the largest laptops dedicated to animated GIFs and, inside, in addition to many GIFs of all kinds, it also houses very practical tools to create animated GIFs starting from photos, offline videos and videos already uploaded online to YouTube, Vimeo, Vine or other websites.

Convert Video to GIF with Giphy

If you want to use Giphy to convert a video into an animated GIF, connect to the section of the site called GIF Maker and choose what to do.

  • To convert an online video to GIF, paste the address of the latter into the text field at the top and wait for the video to load (it will take a few seconds).
  • To convert an offline video to GIF, simply drag and drop it into your browser window. Only MOV and MP4 format movies are supported.

At this point, use the indicators Start time e Duration to choose the starting point of the GIF and its duration, type (if you want) a text to be displayed in the GIF in the field Caption and save the final result by clicking on the button Create GIF.

When the save is complete, you can download the GIF on your computer (by right clicking on it and selecting the appropriate item from the menu that opens) or you can share it online using the social buttons and links provided directly by Giphy.

Convert Photos to Animated GIFs with Giphy

Do you have a series of photos that you want to turn into animated GIF? Then open Giphy's Slideshow tool and drag all the photos to the browser window.

Once the upload is complete, arrange the thumbnails of the images according to the display order you want to use in the GIF, use the adjustment bar Set speed for stills to set the speed of the GIF and, if you want, type some text to display on the images using the field Caption.

Finally, press the button Create Slideshow, wait a few moments for your animation to be created and decide whether to download it to your PC or share it online.

OpenAviToGif (Windows)

As its name suggests quite easily, OpenAviToGif is a free and open source software that allows you to transform AVI, MP4 and MOV videos into animated GIFs. It is extremely intuitive and does not even require tedious installation procedures to use. To download it on your PC, connected to the SourceForge page that hosts it, select the tab Files and click on the item first win32 and then on that openAviToGif_0-6.7z.

When the download is complete, open the 7z archive you just downloaded (using a software such as 7-Zip or WinRAR), extract the contents into a folder of your choice and start the executable openAviToGif.exe.

Nella finestra che si apre, click on your button Add, select the video you want to turn into an animated GIF and double click on its name that appears in the program. Now you need to adjust all the animation preferences to get.

  • In fields Start ed End you must indicate the starting and ending points of the GIF.
  • In fields Output Resolution you need to set the resolution of the GIF.
  • In the field Delay between frames you must indicate the length of time (in ms) that must elapse between one frame and another.
  • By leaving or unchecking the item Infinite loop you can enable or disable the infinite repetition of the animation.
  • Via the drop-down menu Max colors you can choose the number of colors from which the GIF should be composed.

Once you have set all your preferences, click on the buttons OK e Convert and wait for the animation to be generated. The GIF will be saved in the same source folder as the input video.

Total Video Converter (Mac)

Total Video Converter is a video converter for Mac which, among its many functions, also includes one for converting videos to animated GIFs. Unfortunately it doesn't let you customize the output parameters in detail, but in principle it guarantees good results.

To use Total Video Coverete, download it from the Mac App Store (it's free), select the item Web > GIF from the drop-down menu at the top, drag the video to convert to GIF in the program window and click on the button with the two arrows which is located at the bottom right.

GIMP (Windows/Mac/Linux)

Perhaps not everyone knows this, but even GIMP, the hugely popular free photo editing software considered one of the best free alternatives to Photoshop, is able to create animated GIFs starting from a series of static images.

To try this function immediately, start GIMP, go to the menu File> Open as Layers program (top left) and select all the photos you want to use in the GIF. After that crop and resize the picture so that there are no "smudges" or too marked differences between one image and another, reorder the photos as you prefer (using the layer panel on the right) and select the item Export as from the menu Fillet of GIMP.

Nella finestra che si apre, select the voice GIF image from the drop-down menu located at the bottom right, assign a name to the GIF and click on the button Export to confirm. Then put the check mark next to the items As an animation e Permanent cycle, sets the speed of the animation in the field Delay between frames where not specified (in milliseconds) and click on the button Export to save the final result.

If any of the steps aren't clear to you, check out my tutorial on how to animate images with GIMP where I explained the whole procedure in more detail.

Motion Stills (iOS)

If you have an iPhone 6S or later, it may happen that you capture animated photos (the so-called live photos) and want to share them in the form of animated GIFs. Well, with Motion Stills, an excellent free application developed by Google, you can select any live photo from the iOS roll and convert it into an animated GIF or video in just a few taps.

All you have to do to use the application is to select the live photo to turn into GIF, press on arrow located at the bottom right and select the item Send GIFs from the menu that appears. You can share the GIF obtained with any social service, via email or with other apps installed on the iPhone.

GIF Maker (Android)

GIF Maker is an excellent free app for Android that allows you to create animated GIFs starting from any photo or video saved on the smartphone (or tablet). To find out how it works, download it from the Google Play Store, start it and press the button Create new located at the top right.

Then choose whether to create the GIF from a video (From video in device) or from a series of photos (From multi images), select the movie or images to use in the GIF, customize them using the editing functions offered by the app (clipping, stickers, written and so on) and, when you are satisfied with the result, press the button Save located at the top right to save the GIF.