Unless this is your first time on the internet (welcome!), you're aware there's a massive GIF party going on, and you're wondering if your invite got lost in the mail.
You've tried Photoshop, but it feels basically like:
Well fuck it, you're crashing this party.
There are some free online GIF makers out there.
They're not great, but if you you're looking for something super quick and with no bells or whistles, they'll get the job done.
MakeAGif Pros: Just drop in a YouTube link, select start time and if you want it between 1-5 seconds. Cons: leaves a "makeagif.com" watermark on your gif. Also, the timing can't get too precise for the start and end times of the gif. UPDATE: MakeAgif founder Troy Osinoff tells us that you can avoid the watermark by creating a free account and logging in. Thanks, Troy!
ImgFlip Pros: Allows you to add captions to your gif easily, more control over timing. Cons: It prompts you to download a YouTube video using KeepVid, which can be wonky.
But here's what BuzzFeed editors recommend: GifBrewery, available in the App Store (sorry, Mac only).
GifBrewery costs $5. Look, I know that's not nothing, but imagine how those 5 clams will go to impress your friends and win the hearts of many with your GIF-making prowess!
STEP 1: In order to make a GIF from a video, you need to have the video file on your computer. There are two ways to do this:
OPTION A: Use Quicktime's Screen Recording to record a YouTube video
Option B: Use a browser extension to grab the video. There are a lot of these, and they break all the time, so this isn't 100% reliable. We recommend the KeepVid bookmarklet. On the YouTube page, click the bookmarklet to get to the download options:
STEP 2: Now open GifBrewery — it will immediately give you the "Open File" screen. Find your video file.
STEP 3: Crop your video in GifBrewery so that it's the exact moment you want.
Obvs we want to "Add Caption." You can play around with the colors and fonts. I think yellow will look best here.
Click "Create GIF" and it will show you a preview of how your sweet-ass GIF will look:
Hmmm... This file is too big for my purposes (2.96 MB). Let's see what we can do to make it smaller.
The kinds of places you'll want to post your GIF creation usually have size limits.
For BuzzFeed and Imgur, it's 2 MB. For Tumblr, it's 1 MB.
Use the "Crop" function to crop it (duh).
"Resize" can make it smaller (this helps make the file size smaller too).
Let's get that file size even lower.
Check the "Reduce colors" option to make it even smaller.
VOILÀ! YOU HAVE GIF'D!!!!!!!
Now you're a GIF genius! Go forth and GIF THE WORLD!
Hell yeah, lil' buddy. GIF on.
Katie Notopoulos is a senior editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Notopoulos writes about tech and internet culture is cohost of the Internet Explorer podcast.
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