How to Make a GIF From a Video on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

Over the certain period of time, GIF images have gained so much popularity, and you can see them on the Social Networking websites. In the comments section of a website or your Twitter timeline, GIF is actually an animated image format which is created from different images or videos. Normally, GIFs are in the loop and once you hit the play button, the animated images will be played again and again.

GIF images can be of any length, but we will recommend you to make an image of less than 5 or 10 seconds. There are different methods of creating GIF images depending upon the device.

We have compiled a list of different ways of creating the GIFs from videos on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. You can either use the Online Web Service or the third-party program on your computer to make a GIF from a Video. Here’s how it will work.

1. Make GIF From a Video on Computer Using Online Service

This is so far the simplest yet the best method to create GIF images. There are plenty of online services which you can use to create GIF images such as Imgur and Giphy. We have used Giphy in this tutorial due to several advantages over other web services.

First of all, you can add YouTube videos, Vines or Vimeo by pasting the URL link of the video. Moreover, you can also upload the videos from your computer. It will let preview video and you can cut the portion of the video in the real time and there are multiple beautiful options to add caption on your GIF Images.

Lastly, you can share the Images with one click to Facebook, Twitter or other social networking websites. Here’s how you can use Giphy to make GIF from a video.

Click Here to go to the GIF maker of Giphy application and here you can either paste the link of the video or can upload a video from your computer. Hit the “Browse” button to upload video from your computer.

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The next step is to adjust the length or frames for the GIF image, and you can either use the scale or can manually enter the value of the start and end point.

make a GIF from a video

The next step is to add Caption to your GIF image. Enter the Caption and select the style and color for the text. You can enter the tags for the GIF images or can also add the source of your GIF image. Finally, hit the “Create GIF” button on the bottom of the screen.

make a GIF from a video

Once the GIF image is created, you can share it by clicking on the Facebook or Twitter button or can save it on your computer. In order to save the GIF image on your computer, right click on the Image and select “Save Image as.”

make a GIF from a video

That’s it! You can create GIF Images from different videos by using the same method. If you want an offline tool to create GIF image, you can use the second or third method depending upon the Operating System of your computer.

2. Using Offline 3rd Party Apps on a Mac

Mac App Store offers plenty of paid applications which can be used to create GIF images. However, we have found a free yet simplest application to create the GIF Images on Mac. GIFRocket is a free application but currently in the beta version. Here’s how you can use this app on Mac to create GIF images.

Go to from your Mac OS X and download the application from their website. Just like the application, the website is pretty much simple.

After downloading the program, run it on your Mac and click on the main screen. Although you will not see any the button to import the video button. However, clicking on the main button will open the “Finder” from where you can import any video that you want.

make a GIF from a video

Once the video is imported, click on the Settings button and set the time period for your GIF image. You can also change the quality or the width of the GIF Image.

make a GIF from a video

That’s it! It will take some time to create GIF image and once the loading is complete, you will be able to save the GIF image. If you want a professional tool with more options to create GIF Images, we will recommend you to try the Gif Brewery from the Mac App Store.

3. Using Offline 3rd Party Software on Windows

On windows, there are professional tools like GIMP or Adobe Photoshop can be used to create the GIF images. But you will have to be a professional to use such difficult tools. Apart from these tools, you can use “Giffing Tool” to create excellent GIF Images in seconds.

You can either create GIF images by adding videos or can use this tool to record videos from different websites. Using this tool does not require any tutorials and here’s how it will work.

Download and Install the Giffing tool from their website. You can either try the trial version or buy the full version. After installation, launch the program on your computer. Click on the “Open” button and select the video that you want to convert to the GIF image.

make a GIF from a video

Now, set the start time of the video and hit the “Done” button on this screen.

make a GIF from a video

This will open the GIF image in the full editor of Giffing tool where you can select the scene from the video to make GIF image or can crop the video, add text, transitions to video to make your GIF image even more beautiful. Once you are done with doing all the things, click on the “Save” button to save GIF image on your computer.

make a GIF from a video

Write down the name for newly created GIF image and click on the “Save” button again.

make a GIF from a video

4. Make GIF Images on iPhone

Just like Mac App Store, iOS App Store is also full of GIF creating tools and applications. We have tested different apps on iPhone. However, 5secondsApp is one of the best yet simplest application to create 5 seconds GIF images from videos or images. Here’s how this app works.

You can download and install the 5secondsApp from here.

Launch “5secondsApp” on your iPhone and hit the little “+” button on the top right side of the screen.

make a GIF from a video

Now, select the video from your Gallery or make a new video using the camera of your iPhone. Once the video is added in 5Secondsapp, you can add text, adjust the size of the video or can crop it out.

make a GIF from a video

After making changes to the video, just tap on the “Next” button on the top.

make a GIF from a video

Finally, select the frames for your video and tap on the “Save” button to save the final GIF image on your iPhone.

make a GIF from a video

5. Make GIF Images on Android Devices

GIF Creator is another perfect application to create GIF images on Android devices. The user-interface of the application is pretty much user-friendly and you can create GIF from photos or videos. You can also search for GIFs uploaded by other users.

Launch the application and tap on GIF using Camera or GIF using Pictures to create GIF images from a different type of media.

make a GIF from a video


All of these methods, the best method to create GIF image on a computer is using the Giphy and they have also released an application for the iPhone and Android. Which method do you use to create GIF images? Let us know in the comments section below.

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