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How to turn any YouTube video into an animated GIF

Animated GIFs have seen somewhat of a resurgence lately thanks to the astronomical popularity of memes. But did you know that there’s an easy way to make animated GIFs out of your favorite YouTube video? It’s the perfect solution if you’d like to provide a brief preview of a video on your Tumblr or blog rather than just linking to it. Most people would also agree that attention spans are getting shorter, rendering GIFs a great way to capture your reader’s limited attention.

More: How to make animated GIFs with Photoshop (and a few other applications)

It may seem as though only tech-savvy people can create these, but it’s actually much easier than you would think, especially now that YouTube has rolled out its own on-the-fly GIF creator. Just follow the steps below if you’re looking to capture

Using GIF Maker

Step 1: Navigate to YouTube, and the video you’d like to turn into a GIF.

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Step 2: While still on the page housing the YouTube video you want to make into an animated GIF, make a small change to the URL (see the highlighted portion below). Doing this will take you to gifyoutube.com, which is where you’ll be making your GIF. After you add “gif” to the URL, press Enter to head to site. You’ll immediately be redirected to gifs.com — don’t worry, this is the site you want. The YouTube video will also be pre-loaded for your convenience.

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Step 3: If your image features a promo ad in the lower-left corner like our example does, be sure to click the “X” to make it disappear (otherwise it will appear in your GIF). Then, click the timeline below the image and select the start and end times for your animated GIF. A blue bar indicates the period that will be used . You can make it as long or as short as you’d like, but remember the longer the animation, the bigger the file size. Some places where you’d like to share the GIF might put a limit on the size , so keep that in mind. When you’re satisfied, click Trim Clip.

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Step 4: Next, add some effects, a caption, or sticker if you’d like. You can also crop the image, as well as add other effects. Once you have things the way you’d like them to look, click Create gif to start the creation process. It will take a bit to create the image, especially if you’re creating a long GIF, so be patient.

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Step 5: Once created, select where you’d like your GIF to link to in the resulting pop-up window. GIF.com could even work as a promotion method for your videos, if you’d like! Either way, once chosen, you’ll be taken to the finished product. Here, you can download the GIF, embed it, or share it via the avenue of your choice. You can also make additional changes, if you’re still not satisfied with your GIF.

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