I never made a GIF and I desperately wanted to make one. So I googled for a way to do it and discovered that I already have the programs needed to create an animated GIF. How awesome is that! I’m so excited over it I decided to compile a little tutorial on creating animated GIF from video for other beginners like myself.
Before we can exercise our GIF making prowess, we will need to install 2 programs and 1 plug-in.
1) VLC player
3) GIMP Animation Package (with a great installation tutorial)
Now that we have the tools, we can begin.
1. Get the source material
Use VLC player to extract a short clip from our long video. The clip will be our source material for the GIF. Be sure to choose a good quality video for this. Better the source material, better the GIF.
To turn on the recording mode in VLC, go to View and check Advance Controls.
Play our video. Hit the big red record button at 5-10 seconds before where we want the short clip start. Then hit the record button again at the part we want it to end. Voila! The clip magically appears in our video library, here.
I renamed the clip to “Ep02HD” for convenience sake.
Enter value in From Frame and To Frame. OR, click on Video Range button to open up the clip on the right side and see the frames we want to start and finish. We are not doing audio, so change Audiotrack value to zero. And check off Create only one multilayer image.
3. Reduce the image dimension
Our frame dimension is huge at 1280×720. It needs to come down in size.
Go to Image, click Scale Image. Change Width to 400 px. If we keep the Width and Height linked, GIMP will automatically adjust the WxH proportion. Or unlink them and manually adjust them independent of each other.
5. Delete frames
A lot of frames means gigantic file size. It also means slow motion playback for everyone except for firefox users. So we need to delete couple frames to make our GIF playback friendly. I delete every other frame (layer), sometime more, to speed up the playback.
GIMP doesn’t have bulk deletion. As a work around, (1) click the eye icon for all the frames(layers) we want to delete. (2) Go to Image, click on Merge Visible Layers. (3) Then select the merged layer, the one that in not in BOLD letters, and (4) click recycle bin icon. After my deleting rampage, I have the frames down to 162.
AND WE ARE DONE!!!!
Now I just need to figure out how to reduce the file size without sacrificing quality. Any suggestions?