Yesterday, Imgur users were all fixated on Project GIFV. Imgur is now supporting bigger GIF files and it turns out they play much faster, much smoother, and are a better quality altogether. I’m guessing the people at Imgur realized how crazy its user-base is about GIFs and decided to give them something to really go nuts about. Now that you have the means to share bigger, better GIFs using the most popular image sharing service, the only question that remains is, how do go about creating a super high quality GIF? Here are four tools that let you create great GIFs from your desktop, using online videos, images on your computer, or your webcam.
Gifff.fr is a great online tool for creating GIFs out of YouTube videos. It lets you manage the speed and the image size of the GIF with only one restriction that the GIF should not be longer than 15 seconds. That doesn’t mean you can’t use a long video to create the GIF, just that the end file can’t run longer than 15 seconds. You can add a caption at the top and bottom of the GIF which is an added advantage.
We reviewed this absolutely amazing app for Windows and OS X a while back and not only is it a great way to create GIFs from screencasts, it’s also a great productivity tool. You can get additional features for $30 on OS X (password protection and frame rate control) but the app, which creates both video and GIF files is free otherwise and the output is a high quality file.
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Make A GIF
This is one the most popular online tools for creating a GIF and what makes it so great is its ability to create GIFs in just about anyway possible. You can create a GIF from a YouTube video, from a video on your local drive, from multiple images, and from your webcam. The only catch is that if you want a higher quality GIF and with no watermark, you need to sign up for the service.
The one thing that both Gifff.fr and Make GIF have in common is that they support YouTube videos. Apart from YouTube, neither of these sites support other popular video hosting sites like Vimeo or Daily Motion so someone else had to do it, and Gyfcat did. The only downside is that the GIFs are not the same quality as those created by Gifff.fr. Not only does Gyfcat create GIFs but you can also use it to compress them.
What tool or service would you recommend for easily creating high quality GIFs?