A step-by-step tutorial. 

If you tuned into Part 1 of this blog series, you learned what a GIF is and why it’s an essential marketing tool for your business. Using GIFs as a part of your content strategy is an excellent way to create diversity in your content, attract the attention of more users, add personality to your pages, and drive engagement to your social media channels. 

GIFs are fun to use, and even more fun to create! 

We’re going to show you how to make GIFs so that you can keep your followers engaged and continue to knock the socks off anyone who passes through your social channels. 

Are you ready? 

There are quite a few different websites available to create GIFs. In this blog, we’re going to show you how to create a GIF from a video using EZGIF and Giphy

How to make GIFs from a video using EZGIF

Step 1: Go to EZGIF and select “GIF Maker” on the home page

Once you select “GIF Maker,” you’ll be redirected to the following page: 

Choose the video that you want to turn into a GIF and select “Upload and make a GIF!”

Step 2: Select your “start” and “stop” times for your GIF 

Once your video is uploaded, you’ll be able to choose the “start” and “stop” times for your GIF as you’re viewing the video. 

You can also choose how long you want the GIF to be and what size you want it converted to. 

Step 3: Convert that puppy to a GIF (pun intended). 

Hit the “Convert to GIF!” button below the video and let the magic happen! 

Once the GIF converts, you’ll be given an “output GIF” to review to ensure that you selected the correct start and stop time for your GIF.

If you like what you see, download it! If you think it needs a little work, keep playing with the start and stop time above it. You can also make multiple GIFs from one video by saving the first GIF and then changing the start and stop time to capture wherever you’d like your other GIFs to be. 

Just like that, you now have a fun GIF to add some energy to your social media platforms!

How to make GIFs from a video using Giphy.

Step 1: Go to Giphy and select “create” in the top right corner

Once you select “Create,” you’ll be brought to this page (note: this site requires you to create an account if you want to make GIFs):

Step 2: Upload your video 

Once your video has been uploaded, you can select the duration of the GIF and the start time:

Step 3: Decorate

This step is optional but could be fun if you wanted to add text, stickers, filters, or drawings to your GIF. 

Step 4: Upload your GIF and save! 

When you’re satisfied with your GIF, upload it and save! 

All your Giphy GIFs will be saved to your profile, so you’ll never have to worry about losing them! If you’re looking for a little more privacy, you can select “private” when you upload your GIF.

Now you know how to make GIFs! Making GIFs is as easy as one, two, three! Your favorite videos can now be turned into fun animations that you and your fans will cherish and enjoy. 

Stay tuned for our next blog, where we teach you how to make a GIF from images!