With this tutorial, I hope to be able to teach a few TL members how to create animated gifs. I decided to write this tutorial after I had several questions about how I create them so this is my own personal method of doing it. By no means is this method the only way to make animated gifs though since there are other programs that can be used however this produced the results I wanted. It can be fairly simple to make an animated gif after this method has been followed several times. With that said, let's get started!
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Step 1- Copying the scene:
It goes without saying that if you want to make an animated gif, then you already know what you want to make it from. Depending on many factors, it can take a lot of space. To solve this problem, there are options that can be tweaked in some programs but the best thing to do is to chose a short scene to make the animated gif of. In other words, an animated gif of a 5 second scene is smaller than a 10 second one if we assume that all of the other settings (resolution, bitrate etc...) are the same.
For this tutorial, I'm going to make an animated gif from an anime called Unlimited Blade Works which is pretty popular. I decided to pick a scene from one of the recent episodes of everyone's favourite character, Shirou which had great effects in play. Having chosen the scene, I need to make a copy of it since it's easier to make an animated gif from the copy instead of using the whole video clip and having to navigate/trim the rest out. This can be done using video editing software such as avidemux. Make sure to download this by clicking the download button on the right side of that website then choosing what build you would like (x86 or x64). Once it's been downloaded and installed, we'll first open the video then make a copy of the scene:
1. File -> open and then navigate to the video clip that you want to use and double-click it.
2. Scroll to the scene that you want to make an animated gif of using the scroll bar.
3. Click A (or [ on the keyboard) for the beginning of the scene.
4. Scroll to the end of the scene and click B (or ] on the keyboard)
Various buttons to click!
Notice that after clicking A and B, the time near the A and B boxes under Selection in the bottom right corner will change depending on the time of the scene so you can see how long the scene is from that and then adjust it:
10 second scene.
Now it's time to make the copy:
1. Click the disk button which is right under Recent (shown in image above).
2. Save it under a name that you can recognize.
3. Let avidemux do the rest then click ok once its finished.
4. Check out the new video file you created to make sure it's working and that it copied the whole scene. Of note that depending on the source used, the sound might be a bit messed up aka not in sync with the video but with animated gifs, there's no sound so it's not an issue. Also, at times, you may have an extra 0.5 seconds or so in a scene depending on how avidemux cut it.
Step 2- Creating the animated gif:
There are several ways to create animated gifs from this point:
1. Photoshop then you can use this tutorial or many of the others out there to guide you.
2. SUPER which is a free video converter program which has the functionality. Download SUPER from that site by going to the bottom, clicking 'Start Downloading SUPER' then click download on the next page. Make sure to uncheck any added packages with it when you install it. The program used to have nothing bundled with it but seems like they started including them in the last several builds.
After downloading and installing SUPER, it'll look for updates which you can bypass by clicking the ok button. Once you see the user interface, proceed with the following steps:
1. Drag and drop the video file that you made in step 1 in the box towards the bottom.
2. Close the Multimedia Analysis Box that pops up.
3. Change the output container to 'GIF
Right side of picture is zoomed in on output container.
Before we decide to make the animated gif, we'll take a look at the settings that we can tweak. With SUPER, we are a bit limited in terms of the settings that can be changed to what's shown in the image below. If you use photoshop (trial or full version), you should have access to many options that you can play with to make the size smaller while maintaining good quality.
Lower resolution, frame per second and bitrate rate lead to lower size.
4. Change the resolution to something that maintains your clips' aspect ratio. I went with 480:272 for 720p video clip.
5. Change the frame/sec. I prefer 25 or higher to prevent lag. You may chose 30 or even 23.95, up to you.
6. Consider cropping or using other options on the right side if you want to (I personally don't).
7. Right click in the box from step 1 and choose 'Output File Saving Management' then change save options if need be.
8. Click the Encode (Active Files) button which is below the box in step 1.
9. Enjoy the gif!
Other relevant information:
- Some hosting sites like photobucket have size limits so consider using http://gfycat.com/ if the gif can't be uploaded to them.
- Want to make a gif of a game you played? Consider using Xsplit (or fraps) to record the game. If it's for BW, use fold's guide to set up Xsplit. Once you finish recording, use the above steps with the recorded file to make the animated gifs from.
- Consider playing around with avidemux and SUPER settings to see if better combinations work for you. Try the trial version of photoshop as well since it'll give you many other settings that you can tweak and it's a good and fun learning experience.
And with that, it's a wrap! If anyone has any questions or comments, feel free to ask below. Hope to see more animated gifs pop up after this