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Here's A Simple Step-By-Step Guide To Making GIFs

Win the internet, no Photoshop required. (But you will need $5 and a Mac... sorry PC users.)

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Wanna make GIFs? Of course you do.

For this tutorial, you'll need to download an app called GIFBrewery. It's $5 in the app store, and for now available only for Mac OS X. Once you've got it downloaded, here's what you've gotta do.

1. First, find the video that you want to GIF up.

All about that hot cocoa.
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All about that hot cocoa.

2. Then you're going to want to record your screen, or a portion of your screen, using QuickTime Player.

Right-click or long-click on the QuickTime Player icon in your dock to get those options right there, instead of launching the application.
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Right-click or long-click on the QuickTime Player icon in your dock to get those options right there, instead of launching the application.

3. Make sure to record the portion of the screen where the video is playing.

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CK / BuzzFeed

4. Start recording.

You should have a good idea of what part of the video you want to turn into a GIF. Make sure that your video is lined up so that you get to that part relatively quickly (otherwise you're dealing with a really big file on your computer, blech).
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You should have a good idea of what part of the video you want to turn into a GIF. Make sure that your video is lined up so that you get to that part relatively quickly (otherwise you're dealing with a really big file on your computer, blech).

5. Stop recording when you've captured the moment that you want to GIF.

GOT IT.
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GOT IT.

6. Now save your screen recording to your desktop, or somewhere easily accessible

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7. Take that saved file and drag it into GIFBrewery.

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Here's where the magic happens.

8. Once your video is open in GIFBrewery, use the little sliders along the bottom to set the beginning and end of your GIF.

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The best GIFs will only show the absolutely necessary parts of your video. You want to make sure that you're not over- or undershooting the beginning and end. Play around with it if you need to.

Once you've got the GIF start and end points set, you might want to resize your GIF or crop it so that it focuses more closely on the part of the video that you want people to see. Making it smaller will also make the file size smaller, BTW.

9. Want some words on your GIF? Click Add Caption, and say what you've gotta say.

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10. You can resize your caption, to make it stand out more.

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That's also where you can change the color, font, and more.

11. Drag the words to where you want them to be.

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12. Anytime during the GIF-making process, you can click on "Manage Overlays" to make any edits to the WORDS that you want — size, color, language, and so on.

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13. Then preview your brilliant GIF by clicking Create GIF up in the upper right-hand corner.

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If you don't like what you see, just click Discard and make the changes you need to make. Things to watch out for: Is it too fast or too slow? Do you like where the words are? Is the file size too big? You can see the file size in the upper left-hand corner of your preview GIF.) The bigger the file size, the slower it might be to load.

(This GIF-of-a-GIF is a little meta, btw)

14. Click on GIF Properties to change the speed of the GIF.

The default Frame Count is 24 — higher frame counts slow the GIF down, lower frame counts speed it up.
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The default Frame Count is 24 — higher frame counts slow the GIF down, lower frame counts speed it up.

15. Then, when you've settled on a GIF once a for all... create GIF, and SAVE!

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And VOILA!

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