How To Create Animated GIFs From Video

Well it was my first BBQ of the year earlier this week so I thought I’d take a quick clip and convert it to an animated GIF.


If you’d like to do the same here’s the five steps I went through.

  1. Record the video using a tripod or leaning against something solid. I used my Samsung GSII propped up on the hot tong handle (NOT as stable as it should have been and the heat made me rush).
  2. Save your MP4 to your desktop and open up Photoshop.
  3. Click File, Import, Video Frames to Layers. Cropping the video to manageable length of 10 or less seconds and work with 2 or 3 frames per second.  Image
  4. Click Image, Image size, and reduce to around 640 or less pixels wide, so your computer can render it.
  5. Click File, Save for Web and Devices. Play with the quality till your GIF reaches a reasonable size (mine is 500kb) and save.

You’re all done and ready to share.

For the bonus round – head on over to for an indexed searchable list of GIF inspirations.


This post in no way condones or promotes the abuse of lolcats, PSY, Gangnam, Harlem shake or any other “trendy” MEME jacking in any way shape or form.

Use of the above instructional tutorial is subject to the creation of innovative, original, entertaining GIFs only.

3 thoughts on “How To Create Animated GIFs From Video

  1. Made my first GIF today on synfig studio, and haven’t tried video GIFs yet, so thank you for your How-To advice, you make it sound easy! I’ve bookmarked for later reference! 🙂

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