How to create GIF from video

How to create GIF from video

Now everyone knows: GIF are a trend of the Web that really goes for the biggest and all the social networks are now completely overrun. I imagine that you know, from the moment you clicked on my guide: you would like to know more about the possibility of creating one of these popular animated images and would like to have some advice on which tools or applications to use to do so.

How do you say? Did I really read you in thought? Well, it does not surprise me to know, I really imagined it. However you do not have to worry, if what you need to do in particular is how to create GIF from video, know that it is really easy and you can do this procedure in a very short time, using one of the tools and applications I’ll talk to you about.

Are you not very experienced with using the computer? It’s not a problem, you do not need to be, I assure you. There are several Web tools that will allow you to perform this procedure in a very simple and also free applications for Android and iOS can transform a video into a GIF. I bet that after all these premises you can not wait to learn more, right? Okay, so just talk, let’s get to work right away. I wish you a good read.


  • How to create GIF from video (online)
    – Giphy
    – Makeagif
  • How to create GIF from video (smartphone)
    – ImgPlay (Android / iOS)
    – GIF Maker (Android)
  • Other methods for How to create  GIF from  video

How to create GIF from video (online)

There are software and applications for many purposes, but you will certainly have wanted to use a quick and fast tool, which requires no installation on your device, right? This is the case even if you want to create GIFs from video. You will be able to use the tools that I will propose in the next paragraphs to be able to realize your GIF from a video on your device or even a link.

How to create GIF from video – Giphy

How to create GIF from video

Giphy is a famous platform that contains a huge GIF database created by its community. In order to use this service, you will simply need to connect to its official website and after opening the link to its Internet site, you will notice that there are some panels that will allow you to give life to your GIF.

If you want to create your GIF from a video on your computer, you will then have to click on the box labeled Choose Video. The requirements for uploading a video is that it does not exceed 60 seconds and 100 MB in size. In addition, the supported video formats are MP4, MOV, MPG and M4V.

If you want to create your GIF instead of an external link, such as a Youtube or Vimeo video, you can copy and then paste the link in the lower box labeled Add any URL.

After you have added the video from your device or pasted the link, you will automatically be directed to a section for your GIF editor. In fact, you can select the starting point (Start time) or the duration of your GIF (Duration), using the horizontal indicators or the numeric fields. After you have set these parameters, click the Continue to decorate button.

In this next screen you can decorate your GIF with some tools made available. For example, you can click on the Caption tab and enter the caption to be associated with your GIF in the text field Enter you caption; you can also change the style and animation of the text by clicking on the buttons below the words Style and Animation respectively. You can also add stickers to be applied to your GIF, using the Stickers tab. The free drawing is also available via the tools in the Draw tab or, through the Filters tab, you can add filters to the image (such as black and white or sepia) to change the color tone of the GIF.

When you have finished in this section, click Continue to upload to go to the next screen that will ask you to insert some tags, to improve indexing. Complete it by clicking on Upload to Giphy.

Now wait a few seconds for the processing to be completed and thus get the link of your GIF (Copy link) or the ability to download it to your device (Download). You can also share it directly on social networks using the sharing buttons that are under the heading Share it.

How to create GIF from video – Makeagif

How to create GIF from video

Another site that I recommend using to create GIFs from a video is This online service will allow you to import your videos from your device or from external sources, such as Youtube, Facebook or even from your webcam. The service allows you to create GIF even without a registration, but there are limitations, almost are removed to registered users.

To use this online service, go to the link I provided you and click on one of the boxes on the Homepage that will show the words Youtube to GIF, Video to GIF and similar. Alternatively, you can click on the button at the top of Create a GIF and select the source from which you want to import your video from the drop-down menu. Then choose Video to GIF to import a video from your device, Youtube / Facebook to GIF to paste the video link on these two platforms, Webcam to GIF to allow Makeagif to access your webcam and record the video live.

If you have chosen as the source of the Youtube or Facebook video, you will have to paste the link in the Enter Youtube URL field or Enter Facebook video URL. If instead you have chosen a generic video as source, you can paste the URL where the video is present (Enter video URL) or click on the image of a computer to access the memory of your device. An upload video can not be longer than 10 seconds.

After the video has been processed, you will need to enter a title in the Give your GIF an awesome title field and choose a category and tags. You can also enable the audio via the Enable audio item and set the content as mature (18+ Only) if necessary.

Using the indicators at the bottom, you can set the length of the GIF (GIF length) and the starting point (Start time). You can also add stickers via the Stickers tab from the left menu bar.

When you’ve completed customizing your GIF, click the Create GIF button. Then wait for the process of creating the GIF is completed to have your GIF available. You can then save it on your device, copy the link using the buttons under the GIF itself, or share it on social networks, using the dedicated buttons located to the right of the GIF.

How to create GIF from video (smartphone)

If you are looking for apps that allow you to create your GIF directly from your smartphone, I can recommend some really interesting.

ImgPlay (Android / iOS

How to create GIF from video

The first app that I recommend using to create your GIFs from video is ImgPlay. This app is available for free both on Android devices (via the PlayStore), or on devices with iOS (through the App Store). After downloading and installing the app on your smartphone, tap on Open to start using it. If you have any requests for consent for the permits, accept them.

The main screen of the app will show you all the multimedia contents present in the memory of your device. Tap the top photo in GIF, to bring up a drop-down menu to select the source for creating your GIF. Then select Video in GIF, to browse videos in the memory of your device, or Camera, to record a video on the spot.

By default, the app will show you the videos in your gallery, but if you want to choose a folder of different origin, tap the drop-down menu at the top left with the words Gallery and select quick access to folders on the your smartphone.

Now select the thumbnail of the video you want to convert to GIF to start the process. You can still record a video on the spot by tapping on the icon with a camera symbol in the upper left.

In the new screen you can change the duration of your GIF and its playback speed. You can also add text or filters using the icons in the bottom bar. Once you have completed your customization, tap the top right button Next. Your GIF is now ready and you can decide whether to save it on your device or whether to share it externally on your social networks or in instant messaging apps.

GIF is applied to a watermark that you can remove if you update the app to the PRO version, at a cost of € 3.49 on iOS or € 2.19 on Android.

How to create GIF from video – GIF Maker (Android)

How to create GIF from video

Another useful app in order to create a GIF starting from a video is GIF Maker, which is available for free on the Android PlayStore.

After downloading and installing the app, tap the Open button and then tap the top right button. Create a new one. Then select From video, to access the list of videos in your gallery, or From video link, to paste the link where is located the video to be converted into GIF. If you had to choose the latter option, first copy the link from the source where it is present and then return to the app, pasting it in the Insert link field, followed by a tap on the Ok button.

If you had to choose a video from your gallery instead, tap on the video and select the video from your device’s memory. You will then see a small tutorial that will explain the most important features of this app which will allow you to better realize your GIF. Then tap Next on two times and then Ok.

Using this app you can move the edges surrounding the video to crop the portion of the scene you want to convert to GIF, as well as set its duration. When you’re done, tap on Apply on the bottom right.

Now wait for the end of processing to add an extra touch of customization to your GIF. You can change the playback speed, add captions, stickers and much more: all these features are available in the bar at the bottom. When you have completely finished editing your GIF, tap the Save button. So you can save the GIF on your device, as well as setting its quality.

Other methods for How to create GIF from video

How to create GIF from video

In addition to the online tools and apps that I have recommended in the previous paragraphs, you can create your GIF from a video through the use of other tools and applications. There are many other useful tools for this purpose and, as a result, during the following paragraph, I will list other solutions that I consider valid.

  • Imgflip (Online) – is an online service like the ones I have already shown in this guide. It allows you to import a video from a link or directly upload a video file. There are some limitations that go to touch the free use of this tool and that regard the size of the upload of the file. However, this online tool supports several video formats, such as flv, avi, mov, mp4, mpg, mpeg, wmv, 3gp, asf, swf and ogg.
  • Giphy Cam (Android / iOS) – the Giphy platform, of which I spoke to you in this guide, has also developed the dedicated app that will allow you, in addition to browse the huge GIF database, to create a GIF on the moment, acting through the camera of your smartphone. This is an absolutely recommended application.

How to create GIF from video