March 27, 2015
If you already know how to make GIFs on your own, then congratulations – you’re a small subset of today’s population. If you don’t know yet how to make GIFs, don’t even bother looking into it – seriously, the methods out there right now are way too complicated or simply involve one too many steps. I found the easiest way to make GIFs, and all you need is the YouTube video from which you hope to source the GIF.
GifYoutube is, hands-down, one of the easiest tools on the Internet that you can use to make GIFs. While there exists other similar tools already, such as MakeaGIF and GIFMaker.me, such sites offer pretty terrible UX – difficult to navigate, too much insignificant copy, and simply just awful. GifYoutube not only provides you with a quick way to make GIFs, but does so through a very simple interface. And, most notably, to use it, all you need to do is add “gif” to any YouTube link and the GifYoutube interface will pop up, allowing you to create a GIF on-the-spot.
The GifYoutube interface is super simple to use. You simply decide at what point you’d like your GIF to begin, set a desired length of time (from 1 second to 15 seconds), and add a title. From there, just hit “create GIF” and you’ve made yourself a new GIF that can be shared or downloaded.
Of course, though, GifYoutube has its limitations. Primarily, it’s limited to content on YouTube (but, really, you can find a lot of great, GIF-able content on there). Secondly, there’s yet no feature that allows you to add text to GIFs (which is pretty essential for some content). But, I mean, whatever, GifYoutube is so simple to use, I’m sure it won’t even matter for the most part. If you’re truly desperate you can go ahead and continue to make GIFs in Photoshop.
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