Facebook and Google+ are full of animated GIFs: funny cats, inspirational quotes, beautiful landscapes – practically all sorts of motion pictures are popular there. Graphics Interchange Format or GIF images express feelings so easily that even instant messenger smiles are made as GIFs. Today, we’ll learn how to make a GIF out of photos and a YouTube video without any software installations. There are two free online services at your disposal: Makeagif.com and Gifs.com.
UPD: Unfortunately, Gifninja doesn’t deliver you GIF happiness anymore, but you can try Makeagif.com, which has the same features as Gifninja.
Makeagif: Photo to GIF Maker
Makeagif.com is a free online app that creates animated GIF images out of several pics. The app is quick and it has flexible settings. You can indicate photos order, pace, GIF category and resize images. The last feature is critically important if you want to create a good-looking GIF. All images should have the same dimensions (height and width), otherwise black bars will be added to smaller images or they will be stretched to fit the bigger ones. You can prepare correct images in advance using one of free image resizers that we reviewed earlier.
Here are 5 simple steps to convert your photos to GIF:
- Upload a few images;
- Set the order of the pics or use a random shuffle;
- Set animation speed: Normal (500 ms), Slow (750 ms), Fast (250 ms). Normal speed is still quite fast. We recommend using the Slow option;
- Select whether your GIF is private or public;
- Hit the Create a GIF button to download the ready file when it’s done.
Here’s an example of animated GIF photo slide made with Makeagif at Slow playback:
Please note that all created GIFs are automatically saved to a public web gallery (if the Public option is enabled) and can be viewed and liked by other users. And you can add the ready-made GIFs to your blog post or send directly to a friend. However, public image are complicated to delete.
To sum it up, MakeaGif is a great substitute for Gifninja. The app has the same sort of properties and makes high quality GIF images. It’s easy to use. No software download is required. However, the app isn’t reliable. Our tests show that YouTube to GIF feature doesn’t work at all. Sometimes you can get an error message if you upload large images.
Gifs.com: YouTube GIF Maker
Another story when you want to make looped images out of a YouTube video. In general, it would require video to GIF conversion. But online video services aren’t ready for such task. So they simply cut a fragment our of YouTube video and loop it. There are many YouTube GIF makers that promise to make video GIF. Unfortunately, many of them don’t work. MakeaGif is a vivid example. But there is a YouTube to GIF maker that doesn’t discourage, it’s Gifs.com. The website is the simplest in the world: just paste YouTube URL and get your GIF.
OK, let’s break the process of video GIF making into steps:
- Go to www.youtube.com and find a video that will be your GIF source;
- Copy the YouTube video link;
- Visit www.gifs.com and paste the link into the Paste YouTube URL box;
- Hit the Create GIF button to download the ready GIF.
Here’s an example of YouTube video GIF:
The GIF making process is really fast. The web app simply crops the first still frame from YouTube clip. And unfortunately, there are no settings to change it. So you can’t pick a part in the middle or in the end of a YouTube video, its length or GIF playback speed.
Let’s enlarge the list of good GIF makers. Which Gifninja alternative do you use?