5 Best Places To Make Animated GIFs
As the Internet is evolving, many new technologies are being introduced. Publishing a photo on the Internet was considered a major breakthrough back in 1992 (see the first ever photograph that came to the Internet). Then we saw the rise of videos, and now we are obsessed with GIFs and Vines.
There are a lot of places where you can create your own GIFs. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite websites that will help you create great GIFs.
Gifff has a minimalistic design and you can make GIFs out of YouTube videos. Just provide a YouTube link to the video from which you want to make a GIF, and it will offer you further options. You can then set the size of the image, speed of GIF, and add captions on top and/or bottom of the GIF.
The only restriction it imposes on you is that the GIF shouldn’t be longer than 15 seconds. You may choose as long video as you like, but GIF cannot be longer than 15 seconds.
Another limitation is that you cannot create GIFs out of your own videos, or from videos uploaded on websites other than YouTube. Furthermore, you cannot create GIFs using images.
So Gifff is good for those who want to use YouTube videos only.
- Pros: Simple design, no ads, free to use
- Cons: No images support, no custom-videos support
ImgFlip offers more features than others. You can create GIFs from videos uploaded on any website. Just provide the URL linking to the video. If the URL you are providing is already given by another user, you don’t need to upload it again. You can use the one uploaded by another user.
It also lets you upload videos and images from your own device and creates GIFs out of them.
It provides all the features you can expect from a GIF creator. Another good feature is that you can mark your GIFs as NSFW, so your GIF will only appear to those who specifically search for that sort of content.
- Pros: Custom-videos support, images support, fast
- Cons: Ads, require login (when adding a new video)
3) Make A GIF
This is one of the best online places to make GIFs. It combines all features mentioned earlier, and lets you use any source for video and images. You can also directly record videos from your webcam and instantly make a GIF. However, if you want to make a high-quality GIF without watermark, it requires you to sign-up.
The site shows featured GIFs on its homepage, and has an average design.
- Pros: Many features, good usability
- Cons: Not-so-fast
Picasion lets you import photos or videos from Picasa, Flickr or any other gallery. It is available in different languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian) and it is also ad-laden. But you can avoid them if you stay in the right side of the web page. Moreover, you can resize images, create and add your own avatar, and there is an option to “Make A Glitter.”
It also provides all the basic features you can expect.
- Pros: Easy to use, supports many sources
- Cons: Ads!
For me, this is the best online place to create GIFs. Its simple design saves a lot of time and hurdle. Just provide the link to the video or upload your own, set start time, end time, and duration, and you are done. It will create the smoothest GIF you can experience. You can then increase or decrease speed of GIF and tweak it according to your needs.
- Pros: Simple, easy, ad-free
- Cons: No image support
Do you think the list needs another name? Tell us your favorite tools or websites to create GIFs.