Find out how to turn any video into an animated GIF
Your guide Cat Ellis says… “In this tutorial we’ll show you how to turn any video into a fun animation you can share online”
They say a picture is worth a thousands words, but an animated GIF is worth a million. Despite the rise of HTML5 video, these little animations are still hugely popular – partly because of their relatively small file size, which is friendly to mobile devices on limited data plans, and also because the format is so widely supported.
Sites such as Giphy (https://giphy. com) are a great source of readymade animations, but sometimes you can only express yourself by creating your own – and with the right tools, it’s surprisingly easy to do.
If you already have a video file, skip straight to Step 5 to find out how to edit and convert it. Alternatively, you can grab and convert a video from YouTube, as explained in Step 1, or make a recording from your desktop, as described in Step 3. This is a great way to make a GIF from a game or movie playing on your PC. Convert a video to GIF format
Timeline Once you’ve applied filters to your video, drag it here to trim it to the right length. Crop Just one of many filters available in Shotcut. Use it to cut out unwanted parts of your video before you export it. Playhead The position of the playhead dictates what’s visible in the preview. You can also use it to select start and end points.