Previously, we have covered some really awesome screencast programs for Windows such as Screenbird
, Rylstim Screen Recorder
, Acala Screen Recorder
, each offering its own unique features and functionality. However, most of these screencast tools allow saving output files in video formats like WMV, MP4, MPEG etc. If you’re on the hunt for a Windows app that can save screencasts as GIF files, try GifCam
. The application makes it easy for anyone to capture on-screen activity directly to GIF format instead of having to record the video in another format first and then converting it into GIF via third-party converters. What’s more, it’s a portable application, which allows using it on the move and saves you from any installation hassle.
It’s been a while since we last caught hold of a noteworthy photography app in the Play Store, but it seems the wait was well worth it, as we’ve just come across a remarkable tool in the form of snaplife
. Available for free, snaplife is a multipurpose Android app that automatically analyzes your video recordings to present you with multiple thumbnails of some of the most significant moments in the entire clip, which can be saved as photo collages, GIF animations or MP4 video files. In addition, the app offers plenty of vintage-style filters so that you can make your life’s most memorable moments even more vivid and appealing. The images or video created with snaplife can then be shared with your friends and family members from within the app in just a few taps. Unlike a timelapse-oriented photography app or a routine video recording tool, snaplife puts you in complete control over selection of the moments from your video recordings that you wish to retain. Details to follow.
GIF or Graphics Interchange Format image is the most popular file format for simple animated images. It supports a separate palette of 256 colors for each frame, and you can use GIF animation tools like the portable AnimateGIF to create flawless GIF animations
with custom frame delay and option to run the animation once or in a loop, or even combine multiple GIF images into a single file. However, if you want to create GIFs from videos, you will need a different tool that can extract the frames of a video for you, and KickMyGraphics
does just that. It is a basic tool that allows you to create animations from video frames, while giving you some simple editing options such as resizing the frame size, choosing the speed of the GIF animation, and cutting out unwanted frames. Other than supporting a lot of video formats, it also lets you work with images files as well as existing GIFs. More on KickMyGraphics after the jump.
GIF animations are fun. They add a pinch of animated humor to otherwise static content, and are often found at image websites and in comments to add a funny or sarcastic visual element to the topic. GIF are basically animated image files that contain multiple static images and play them in a sequence. Due to their small size, they can be easily shared on websites, blogs, social media etc. If you've been looking for an intuitive app to create GIF files of your own from videos, try Any GIF Animator
. It’s a very simple and lightweight Windows program that allows you to trim and crop the favorite part out of a local, YouTube or Vimeo video and convert it to a GIF animation. The output file is then automatically uploaded and published to the growing repository of the AnyGif website.
(Graphic Exchange Format) files are animated images created by stitching together still images and playing them like a movie clip. The format is widely used on several entertainment websites such as Tumblr, 9gag, Memebase, 4chan etc., as it allows users to create simple animations without having to use a complicated image or video editing application. Previously, we have covered a lot of application that allow you to create GIF images, such as GiftedMotion
. However, if you want to create GIFs from video files, you will need a different tool. Today, we present to you an application called Freemore Video to GIF Converter
that lets you easily convert video files to animated GIFs. It support a lot of popular video formats including AVI, MP4, MPEG, FLV, MOV, and 3GP. Other than converting the whole video to GIF, you can also select a specific part of the video for conversion.
Animations created from photographs have grown in popularity in recent times, owing to the ease with which anyone can make a GIF by stitching a few images together on an iPhone or Android smartphone. There are times however, when what you want to convey can’t be depicted in terms of captured photos, and you are forced to go the old-fashioned way of drawing. Also, a few people are just good at sketching and might want their doodles to come to life by moving them around as animations. While iOS has some decent drawing apps, it may seem almost unthinkable to sketch your own animations on an iPhone. Yet Dink
does exactly that by offering a drawing environment where you can sketch each frame separately, before joining them all in the form of a GIF or video.
A GIF or Graphics Interchange Format image is one of the graphics image formats that can be used to create small animations and video clips. It supports a separate palette of 256 colors for each frame, and you can use a GIF animation tool like AnimateGIF (reviewed here
) to create GIF animations. It is a very popular image format on the internet, as it enables users to create animations without using any complicated image or video editing application. Today, we have a tool for Windows named Falco GIF Animator
that not only lets you create GIF images, but also provides you with a load of image editing options and tools (Color selection Tool, Fill Tool, Text Tool), Image Improvement
utilities (red eye remover, soft glow, motion blur), and Image Effects (grey scale, sharpen, emboss, mosaic etc.).
Sharing funny GIF animations has been
a popular internet trend for over a decade now. Head over to any (well, most) of the internet forums and websites, and you will see numerous
comic GIF animations shared by many different folks. Creating GIF animations is a no rocket-science though, anyone with the right set of tools (and a little bit use of brain of course) can create one of their own. If you ever wondered how to create one of your own animated GIF image files, for let's say, to publish them on internet forums or other websites etc., then give openAviToGif
a try. This open source program allows you to convert AVI videos into animated GIF sequences. Along with single file conversion, the utility also supports batch mode, allowing you to convert as many AVI files as you want in one go. You just need to grab both the application and the CODEC pack (which is also available on the developer’s page) to create GIF animations from your video (AVI) files. Read on to find out how the program works.
Want to play GIF animations in different speeds, or extract some frames from them? GIF Scrubber
is like a movie player for animated GIFs. Using this Chrome extension, you can play GIF animations with various speeds, and automatically scrub GIFs when they are opened. The extension's Options
can be set to prevent the automatic starting and looping of animations. It also lets you use the Explode
option to directly extract all frames from the GIF file, so you can easily save the frames that you want. Note that once the frames have been extracted, they cannot be downloaded all at once, but manually, one by one.
The popular photo sharing service, Instagram, has had such a huge impact on the development environment for iOS, that there are many apps which copy Instagram’s functionality, while another large contingent of apps borrow the basic idea behind it, but switch a key component with something else. Gifture
is an iPhone app that falls in the second category, and is designed to be the Instagram for animations. Animations have always been popular among users, but they weren’t really widespread, as it wasn’t easy in the past to create them. This, however, changed with the multitude of apps that allow easy GIF creation, making it possible for even the novice users to showcase their creativity in this domain. Gifture does that, but that’s just a part of its working. Once you have created animations using the app
, you can edit them in
Gifture’s own editor
, which incorporates a number of beautiful filters
, and bunldes the option to choose the frame rate at which the animation is played
. Then, you can share the animation over the app
’s own network
, or publish it to other social media
If you are an iPhone user, then you probably would have come across many apps that let you create animations with relative ease. Usually, you have to perform a few steps before the animation is actually created, and then it mostly has a few shortcomings or flaws. LiveFace
for iOS is a fun app that lets you bring your portraits to life, literally. It lets you easily create animations from face shots, allowing you to export the results as GIF, MP4, SWF or JPG files. You can animate faces in photos in several different ways with no more than a few taps, making your friends wink or appear extatic regardless of what mood they were in when the photo was shot.
If you are a fan of GIF animations, then iOS is a pretty good platform to be on, owing to the number of GIF creating apps available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A few months back we covered GifBoom, which allows its users to create GIFs
by stitching together as many photos as they want. The output provided by the newly released MoPic
is pretty similar, but it comes with the ability to use a video for creating animations, rather than just photos. Most of the times GIF creators are used just for fun, but even if you need an animation for your important presentation, the results delivered by MoPic are good enough.
Even before the smartphones went mainstream, I had this desire of having some sort of mobile app that could repeat/ playback the text that I had fed into the text box. Seems like my wish has been granted. Say hello to Animado
- a fun way of sending animated text messages from Android as GIF images. Animado doesn't use any of those commonly used (and rather boring) swivel, slide in or dancing animation effects for your texts. Instead, the app, records whatever you type in its text box complete with all typos and corrections that occurred in between and allows you to replay them later. In addition, the app lets you convert those recorded text messages into animated GIF images and share them with your friends.
One of the first (if not the
first) of its kind on the Android Market, Gifinator
is a well-crafted, easy-to-use GIF animation creator for Android. The app allows you to take multiple snaps from your device’s camera, then chains them together in a GIF sequence with a user-defined resolution and frame rate. With enough creativity (and a few taps) you can create awesome stop-motion animations with your Android smartphone’s camera. You may then save these GIF files to your device or share them with your friends. The free version of the app lets you string up to 10 snaps only while the full version sports no such limitation. Also, the free variant only allows you to save GIFs in the lowest of the three available resolutions (160x120, 320x480 and 640x480).
DP Animation Maker
is a simple software that converts common images into moving animations. You can transform a simple PNG, JPG, BMP etc into an AV, GIF and an EXE file with excellent graphical effects. It contains many built in options to add effects like rain, lightning, falling leaves, etc to make your still images into dynamic graphics. You can then save the graphic in GIF or AVI format. These can later be added to a website or can be used as a profile picture on a social networking website.
We have covered many posts which are centered around GIF image format, such as create animated GIF from images, convert video to animated GIF, and extract images from GIF among many others. Read More
How many times do we come across some awesome gif animation and wish that we could extract some frames? GIF Frame Extractor(direct download link here) is a free tool for Windows that lets you extract frames from any animated GIF and save them to JPG or PNG image formats instantly. You can use the extracted frame image as your profile picture or just share them with your friends and co-workers.
Run the tool, click Open and select the GIF animation whose frames you want to extract. You will see the number of frames on the left sidebar. Read More