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How to Convert Video to GIF

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Have you ever watched a video and thought “this would make a really good GIF”? With a GIF, you can playback a looped recording from a recording on any platform. This provides an easy way to quickly share a funny or relatable scene. But how do you turn a video into a GIF?

Fortunately, there are several ways to convert video to GIF (and vice versa). You can use an online GIF converter to do a direct conversion or use a screen recorder to record a video as a GIF. Some websites also let you convert GIF to video. Let’s go over each of these methods so you can determine which works best for you.

Use a GIF Converter 

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The easiest way to turn a video into a GIF is by using an online GIF maker. There are several free video to GIF converters that you can choose from, such as GIPHY, EZGIF, and Imgur. You can use them by following these easy steps:

  1. Sign up for your free GIF converter account with your email address or Facebook account. With a free account, you can create GIFs from video or a series of images.
  2. Copy and paste the web address of your video into the video convertor, then click submit. Be aware that some GIF converters limit which platforms you can use; for example, GIPHY can only convert videos from YouTube or Vimeo.
  3. After the GIF converter generates your new GIF, you can edit it! Trim your GIF to include the parts you want, add text or stickers, crop it, and more! Be sure to check with your chosen GIF maker to see which editing tools it includes.
  4. Once you’ve completed your GIF, copy and paste it via short link or share it directly to social media!

Record a Video as a GIF

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GIF created using Droplr

You can also record a video that has already been posted online as a GIF using a screen recorder. This provides a roundabout way to convert a video to GIF online. Follow these steps:

  1. Start playing the video you wish to record.
  2. Open up your computer screen recorder. Be sure that the screen recorder can record a video as a GIF. We recommend using Droplr for Mac or Windows.
  3. Set your screen recording’s size. With Droplr, you can make full-screen recordings, choose from a number of presets, or use crosshairs to select the portion of your screen that you want to record.
  4. Press “record” once you are at the part of the video that you want to turn into a GIF. Make sure that you haven’t set a timer on your screen recording, so you can start recording right when you press start. You can record as long as you want; there is no recording limit for GIFs.
  5. Stop the recording when you get to the end of your clip. Then, wait for your GIF to generate.
  6. Check that your GIF recorded what you want. Then share it! With Dropr, you can share your GIF by pasting its associated short link on any platform. Clicking on this short link will bring your viewer to the GIF’s page in the Droplr cloud, where they can view it right away. You can also download the GIF, if you prefer.

What if I want to convert GIF to video?

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You can also use several websites to convert GIF to video, such as EZGIF or a file conversion website like CloudConvert. With these websites, you can convert a GIF file into an MP4 file. You can follow the same instructions above for using a GIF converter. All you have to do is upload the GIF’s file or URL address to the GIF-to-video converter. Then, if you’re using EZGIF, you can edit it with text, effects, speed, resizing, and cropping. Finally, you can save your new MP4 to your computer. 

Learn More about GIFs

Now that you know how to convert video to GIF, learn more about what you can do with GIFs! Check out our articles on the top 5 online GIF makers and how to make a GIF

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