GIFs are becoming quite popular thanks to the popularity of memes. Most people use GIFs to share previews of their videos on blogs and Tumblr instead of linking to the video. This makes things more interesting and enables you to get the attention of your viewers which is great considering the fact that most people have shorter attention spans these days. You do not have to spend a lot of money on expensive YouTube GIF makers.
Below are 5 best free online YouTube GIF makers you can use.
1. Using gifs.com (GIF Maker)
Step 1: Go to YouTube and locate the video you’d like to convert into a GIF.
Step 2: When you get to the page housing the YouTube video you’d like to convert into a GIF, the first thing you should do is make a change to the URL. Change the ‘youtube.com’ part of the URL to gifyoutube.com. This will direct you to gifyoutube.com where you will make your GIF.
Step 3: Once you have made the change in the URL, press Enter. This will direct you to gifs.com. The YouTube video you chose will also be preloaded to make things easier for you.
A much simpler way to do this is is go to gifs.com and then enter the url of YouTube video:
Step 4: Look at the image of the video to identify whether or not there are any promo ads. If they are present, click the ‘x’ to close the ads. Otherwise, the ads will show up in your GIFs. Next, just below the image, click on the timeline to select where you would like your animated GIF to start and end. You can make the GIF as long as you want. However, the longer your GIF is, the bigger the size of the file will be. This might be a problem on sites that limit the size of GIFs. Therefore, it’s advisable to keep it reasonably small. When you are done setting the timeline, click on Trim Clip.
Step 5: Edit the clip by adding effects, captions and stickers if you wish then click on Create GIF. It might take a while for the process to complete especially if you created a long GIF.
Step 6: When the GIF is complete, a popup window will open. Here, you are required to select where you’d like to link the video. Once you have selected, you will be directed to your final GIF. At this point, you can download, embed or share it. You can also make additional changes if you are not pleased with the final results.
2. Using the Share Feature on YouTube Video Page
Step 1: Go to YouTube and locate the video you’d like to convert into a GIF
Step 2: In the description box, click share. If the video you selected is able to be converted to a GIF, you should see a GIF tab to the right of the Email. Select the GIF tab and set the timeline to where you’d like the GIF to start and end.
Step 3: Enter your desired top and bottom texts in the fields provided and click on create GIF. When the process is complete, you will get the GIF, an embed link and a direct link.
3. Online GIF maker: Makeagif
Step 1: The first thing you need to do is create an account on makeagif.com.
It is free. All you need is a password and an email address. Follow the instructions and log into your account.
Step 2: At the top of the page, click ‘Create GIF’. This will open a drop-down menu with several options. Select YouTube to GIF. This will direct you to a page where you will be required to enter the YouTube video URL you wish to convert.
Step 3: Navigate YouTube and identify the video you wish to convert. Next, open the video and copy the URL on the page housing the video.
Step 4: Paste the URL in the field provided in makeagif.com and click continue.
Step 5: Customize your video by adjusting the timeline, adding text and any other adjustment you need to make to the video. When you are done, create your GIF.
Step 6: Download and share your GIF.
Step 1: Go to giphy.com and add your YouTube video file. You can do this by entering the video’s URL, dropping the video file into the YouTube GIF maker or browsing your files to locate the video. All videos ought to be under 100MB and less than 15 minutes long.
Step 2: Next, edit the duration and start time of your GIF. There is a top and bottom slider. The top slider is used to set the start time and the bottom one is used to set the duration of your GIF.
Step 3: Add a caption in the caption field provided and click +.
Step 4: Add privacy settings, source URL and TAGs. This step is optional.
Step 5: Click create GIF to Start creating the GIF. When it is completed you will be directed to the GIF page.
Step 6: Download and share your GIF.
Step 1: On Imgur homepage, hover over to the “New Post” option and choose “video to GIF”. The site will open a new tab once you do this.
Step 2: When you are directed to the new tab, copy the URL of the video you wish to convert to GIF. The size limit is 1 G.
Step 3: Click on the timeline to set your start time and duration of the GIF. You can also add text at this point. On Imgur, the maximum time each GIF can be is 15 seconds. Therefore, make sure your GIF is not longer than 15 seconds.
Step 4: When you are satisfied with the results, click ‘Create GIF’ to create your GIF.
Step 5: Download and Share your GIF.
GIFs are a great way to share a fast preview of your YouTube videos with your audience. Since they are small in size, they load faster thereby giving a faster access to the video compared to video links. GIFs are also very interesting and funny which might persuade more people to see the full video. This not only increases your total views but also persuades more people to subscribe to your channel. These free online YouTube GIF makers will make creating GIFs easy, fast and enjoyable for you.