What do you use to make animated gifs from videos?

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What do you use to make animated gifs from videos?

Postby diane31 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:11 am

Hi :hug:
I'm asking because I haven't found anything that I am truly happy with. I've been using video snapshot wizard, which as the name indicates is not primarily geared at making gifs, but I found the quality of the pictures themselves better than with anything else I've tried (including Premiere). But I find it really inconvenient to use unless you're ok with vamps and humans alike always moving at vamp speed. So... for those of you who do it, how do you do it?
Thanks in advance! :hearts:
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Re: What do you use to make animated gifs from videos?

Postby maggatha3 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:45 am

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Re: What do you use to make animated gifs from videos?

Postby redwinter101 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:59 pm

Hi Diane,

I use hi-res screengrabs and then use the CompuServe gif function in Photoshop.


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Re: What do you use to make animated gifs from videos?

Postby HotMicks » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:07 pm

I do the same as Red (Photoshop) and I think most people do use still photos rather than video captures to create animated GIFs (it's one less step to do... you don't have to create the "stills" from the video in the first place if you use the screencaps someone else already created :thumbs: ). I use the ML Love and ML Forever screenshot albums a lot (thanks to both of those sites :rose: ).

To create an animation in Photoshop, just go to the "window" menu and select "animation" to reveal the animation tools. The help menu in Photoshop can explain more how to use this feature. I've only ever created animated smileys, not ML animations, but it was very easy for me to learn how to use this feature from the "help" instructions.

(Here's one I created for work :biggrin: : Image )

Alternatively, you can create them online (though with much less control and more limitations on how many still images you can use). One such site I've used before is:


You just upload your 3-4 photos and pick a size and a speed from drop-down menus and voila, you've got an animated gif. I'm sure there are other sites ... just Google "animated gif."

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