How to make a GIF from a YouTube video and post it online

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It’s easy to quickly turn a YouTube into a GIF.

  • You can make a YouTube video into a GIF using free websites like GIPHY.
  • GIPHY lets you select up to 30 seconds from nearly any YouTube video and turn it into a GIF.
  • Once you’ve made a GIF out of a YouTube video, you can download that GIF or copy the embed code.
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If you’ve been on social media anytime in the last few years, you’ve seen GIFs: short video clips that run on repeat, often with a funny or snarky message. GIFs are increasingly popular, turning up in emails and on websites.

Most people make GIFs using websites like GIPHY. Here’s how to use GIPHY to quickly and easily make a GIF out of almost any YouTube video.

How to make a YouTube video into a GIF

You don’t need any special knowledge or tools to make your own GIF.

First, find a video to excerpt on YouTube. Then go to GIPHY, log in or create a new account, and get to work.

1. On GIPHY’s homepage, click the “Create” button at the top of the window.

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You can find the “Create” button at the top of GIPHY’s colorful homepage.

2. Copy the link for your YouTube video into the “Any URL” box on GIPHY. You can also use Vimeo videos and other GIPHY links. Just note that it needs to be shorter than ten minutes.

3. Choose the moment in your video where you want to start your GIF. Slide the Start Time bar until you get to the spot in the video right before the snippet you want to turn into a GIF.

4. Pick the length of your GIF by moving the Duration bar to the left or right, or hitting the up or down arrow next to “Seconds.” Watch your GIF a couple of times to make sure you’ve captured the slice of video you wanted.

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Use the two sliders to trim or extend your GIF.

5. Once you’ve found the perfect starting point and length for your GIF, it’s time to decorate it. Click “Continue to Decorate.”

6. On this page, you can add text and pictures to your GIF. Click on “Caption” to add text. Click and drag the text to move it where you want it on the screen. You can also choose what you want the text to look like, and how you want it to move.

7. You can add stickers when you choose “Stickers.” Click and drag stickers to position them on the GIF.

8. Click “Filters” to change the look of the GIF.

9. You can also draw on your GIF in the Draw menu.

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You can decorate and edit your GIF in many ways.

10. When you’re finished decorating, click “Continue to Upload.”

11. Your GIF is almost ready. Add one or more tags so others can find and share it. Then click “Upload to GIPHY.”

12. GIPHY will create your GIF. This takes a few seconds.

13. Watch your GIF and appreciate your handiwork! Use the menu to the right of your GIF to copy the link, share it on social media, or get its embed code. You can also right-click the GIF to download it onto your computer.

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There are several options available for sharing your GIF.

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How to make a GIF on your iPhone, using a Live Photo or GIPHY

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GIFs only take a few moments to make on an iPhone.

  • To make a GIF on your iPhone, you can convert a Live Photo in the Photos app or use apps like GIPHY.
  • Converting Live Photos lets you make quick pseudo-GIFs with photos you’ve taken yourself.
  • GIPHY gives you more features to make and customize GIFs on your iPhone.
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If you’ve ever taken a Live Photo on your iPhone, you’ve probably realized that it’s a bit like recording a quick GIF with your camera.

However, Live Photos are a bit different – they aren’t meant to repeat automatically, for example, and only work on Apple devices.

But if you do want to make a GIF on your iPhone, and make these Live Photos repeat, you’re in luck. You can use the native iPhone Photos app to make your Live Photos repeat, and the GIPHY app to create a GIF that can be shared anywhere.

Here’s how.

How to make a GIF on an iPhone with the Photos app

First, it should be noted that turning a Live Photo into a GIF through the Photos app won’t create a real GIF – it’ll just create another Live Photo that looks like a GIF when played on an iPhone or iPad.

This means that if you export this Live Photo to a non-Apple device, it still won’t move. You’ll have to use GIPHY to create a real GIF.

1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and tap on the Live Photo you want to turn into a GIF.

2. Swipe up on the photo to bring up the moving picture menu (Live, Loop, Bounce, Long Exposure).

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You can turn any Live Photo into a GIF through this menu.

3. Tap on “Loop” to turn the picture into a repeating GIF. Note, however, that it won’t be a “clean” GIF – instead of simply jumping back to the end of the GIF when it’s finished, the image will fade out, like so:

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GIFs made in the Photos app will fade away instead of cleanly repeating.

You can also tap on “Bounce” so that the frames of the picture will go forward and in reverse instead of starting back at the beginning.

How to make a GIF on an iPhone using GIPHY

GIPHY gives many more options for getting creative with your GIFs, allows you to share your new creations with the world, and allows you to download GIFs created by other members of the community.

1. Open the GIPHY app.

2. Tap on the “Create” icon in the top-right.

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Tap the green camera sign to add or create a new GIF.

3. Here you have two options for making your GIF:

  • Film a new GIF by tapping on the camera icon, bottom-center.
  • Make a GIF from your photos by tapping on the photos icon in the bottom-right, then tapping on the photo you want to use.

4. There are various options for customizing it on the bottom (from left to right): Write a caption, add a filter, add pre-made art and word art phrases, trim your GIF, and more.

Once it’s exactly how you want it, tap on the purple arrow to upload it to GIPHY.

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Tap the purple arrow button when you’re finished with your GIF.

5. On the next page, tap “Upload to GIPHY.” You’ll have to sign up for a GIPHY account before you can upload and save your GIF.

6. Once it’s uploaded, tap on the three vertical dots to open a new menu.

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You can also share your GIF directly from this page.

7. Tap “Save to Camera Roll” to download the newly created GIF onto your phone. You can now freely export or post it wherever you like.

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Save the GIF to your Camera Roll to use it anywhere.

Unlike GIFs created with the native Photos app, GIFs created through GIPHY will be clean and complete. They’ll also keep working even when posted online or transferred to another device.

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Your GIF should repeat without issue.

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