13 Best GIF Maker Apps and Tools You Can Use

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To say that GIFs rule the internet will certainly not be an exaggeration. Be it social networking services, comment threads on sites and blogs, and even the like, just about everything includes a bunch of GIFs. These loops, moving images (and videos) are something almost everyone who's ever been on the internet knows about. Given how popular animated GIFs are, it's no surprise that there are countless GIF creator apps, software, and web-based services available for creating GIFs using everything from images to videos. from YouTube. And as you might have guessed, we've curated a list of 12 of the best GIF maker tools. These not only allow you to create GIFs, but also share them with others on social networks, in addition to offering many other features. Psyched? Read on, guys!



Online tools

1. Make a gif

Make a Gif allows you to create GIFs using a wide range of media/sources, such as your own uploaded images, hosted YouTube videos, and even videos recorded directly from your webcam. Creating GIFs is easy, and you can specify detailed options (e.g. GIF size, animation speed) , as well as adding tags. GIFs created from videos can be a maximum of 5 seconds long (20 seconds  if you create a free account, which also allows the watermark to be removed from the service on their part, among other benefits).

Also, it's worth mentioning that render gif text help states that only up to 20 pictures can be used to create GIFs; but in our tests, we were able to create GIFs using more than 50 pictures . Oh, and it also has this nice Chrome extension, which makes creating GIFs from anywhere on the web faster. Then there's the huge collection of user-submitted GIFs that you can both use, and contribute to.



In essence, Make a GIF scores with its ability to create GIFs from a variety of different sources, and (comparatively) better length limits for GIFs. However, the service isn't without downers, which include conflicting (and admittedly up-to-date) help text, and slow creation speeds.

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2. Giphy

Giphy is a cum database search engine tailor made for GIFs. A household name when it comes to GIFs, Giphy hosts promotional (animated GIF) content from big brands, including the likes of Pepsi and Calvin Klien, and also allows users to upload their own GIFs (and music videos). You can search GIFs based on many categories (e.g. anime, emotions). As far as creating GIFs goes, Giphy can make them from both user-uploaded images, as well as using video content from video-sharing sites such as YouTube.

You can use (almost) any number of images (and even existing GIFs) for the creation, as long as you set the animation speed in a way that the resulting GIF is max 15 seconds . Furthermore, the Video based GIFs cannot be longer than 10 seconds , and there is a 100MB size cap on GIFs and video footage that you can download. So that's something to note.

And don't forget to check out Giphy Labs, which includes lots of fun stuff (eg Giphy Chrome extension, Giphy ScreenSavers) that makes Giphy work with many other online services and apps via its API. To sum it up, if you need is a central online GIF maker tool that puts a strong emphasis on social sharing and also lets you find the latest and greatest GIFs on just about any topic you can. think, you'll love Giphy.



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3. Ezgif

Ezgif is one of the best online GIF maker tools out there, but it's much more than that. Indeed it is essentially a collection of online GIF processing tools , which can be used to not only create GIFs, but also apply basic modifications (e.g. cropping, resizing, optimizing through techniques such as color reduction) to them, and even splitting and merging multiple GIFs .

Having lots of good file size/count limits, Ezgif allows you to create image-based GIFs having up to 400 images, with the combined file size limit being 30 MB .Similarly, for video based GIF conversion, the maximum allowed size is 60 MB , and for uploading images for editing, this limit is 60 MB. Ezgif is perfect if you are looking for a complete online GIF creation/editing tool. However, keep in mind that it  cannot host images, so be sure to upload your GIFs once they've been processed.

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4. Gif Deck

SlideShare, owned by LinkedIn, is a go-to source for slideshows, on just about any topic imaginable. And GifDeck lets you convert SlideShare slideshows to GIFs. Just enter the unique SlideShow URL, configure the settings (eg quality, animation interval), and GifDeck will do the rest. Created GIFs can be downloaded with just one click. GifDeck can come in handy in certain situations, like when you need to share a slideshow on social media, or send it via email. That said, GifDeck is pretty basic, and also doesn't have all the direct share options.



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5. Imgur

If you think Imgur is all about images and viral memes, think again. The wildly popular image sharing/hosting website (and there are many more like it) also includes a nifty feature (aptly named Video to GIF) for convert videos from many popular online sources (e.g. Facebook, YouTube) to animated GIFs up to a maximum of 15 seconds length. All you have to do is specify the video URL (max. Limit 1 GB), along with the 15 second window, and Imgur Video to GIF from there. Apart from that, you can also upload your own GIFs ( JUSQU'A 200 Mo ), and large medium GIFs are automatically converted to Imgur's own  GIFV the format.

For those who only need 15 seconds quick video GIF creation, and also want to upload/share large sized GIFs, Imgur's (video to GIF) has you covered.

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6. Gifs

Binging on all kinds of YouTube videos is a favorite pastime of many. And there are times when one comes across a funny YouTube video that one feels would've been great shareable material, if only it were a GIF. If you are among the lot, you must take a look at Gifs. It is a simple web-based tool centered around creating 15 seconds looping, animated GIFs to from YouTube videos .

All you need is the video URL, and you can specify 15 second video part to convert to a GIF. One unique thing is that you can add different social media links to your GIFs, so they appear as overlays, thus giving the GIFs a personalized tag. And you don't even have to bother copying and pasting YouTube URLs again and again. Just add "gif" before the word "youtube" in the video URL, and Gifs will make the whole thing work even faster. Try it, it's real fun!

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Office applications

1. GIF Animator

Want a powerhouse GIF maker tool, with all the fancy configuration features and all the other bells and whistles? Take a look at GIF Animator, because it responds perfectly. Essentially, GIF Animator is not intended for casual GIF creation, rather its use cases include professional use scenarios such as using GIFs for email(s) and website banners. GIF Animator allows you to create animated GIFs from scratch, using images and videos.

You can specify advanced options like delay, number of loops, transparency, compression quality, and much more. There is also a built-in image editor, and GIFs can be further optimized to take up less space. GIF Animator supports almost all popular formats for source images and created GIFs can even be saved as AVI files. In a word, GIF Animator is more suitable for professional GIF maker , and it is very well worth the asking price.

Platform Availability: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP (Download)

Price:  Paid license costs $49,95, Free trial available

2.Giffing tool

Giffing tool  is a solid GIF maker app that boasts a good set of features. Granted, it can't create image-based GIFs, but the portable app works flawlessly when it comes to short-lived creation ( 5 – 10 seconds recommended) GIFs from content that is displayed on the screen, which may also include other GIFs. Just specify the area to record, and press the Start button. Post registration, app powerful editor  can be used to do everything from granular image editing (e.g. reverse, trim) via timeline view, to adding special effects like degrescale.

There are even several quality presets (e.g. low, medium) that you can choose from, and can edit existing GIFs up to 50 MB in size. The GIFs can also be saved in the web friendly WEBM format. In our opinion, this is perfect for those who find the plethora of options in the previously discussed GIF Animator a bit confusing.

Platform Availability: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP (Download)

Price: free, can it be supported with an option (pay what you want) buy

3. Giphy capture

Giphy offers apps for Android and iOS, but they let you search GIFs and share them. However, it offers a GIF maker app for dubbed Mac GIF capture. Creating a GIF with Giphy Maker is quite a breeze, as it allows you to create GIFs in just a few clicks . You can simply open the app, aim its crosshairs at the video, and voila! It's done. Besides, it allows you to edit GIFs too, you can set loop, add captions and more. Once done, the app lets you save GIFs to Giphy or share them via social networks or email.

While the Giphy Capture app isn't as advanced as other options on the list, it works due to its simplicity and ease of use. Plus, it's the only decent GIF maker app we could find for the Mac. So you will have to deal with it if you are a Mac user.

Platform Availability: macOS ( Download )

Price: Free

iPhone Apps

1. Giflab

Want something for your iPhone that can turn videos into solid looking GIFs in seconds? Do yourself a favor and get Giflab. The easy-to-use app takes a step-by-step approach to creating GIFs, and can do so using both videos stored on the device, as well as those recorded via the app. Videos can be a maximum of 15 seconds of long, and can be edited through Giflab's edit options . You can trim parts of the video via a handy time slider, and also change settings such as quality (e.g. small, medium, large, and HD) and animation speed (ranging from 0,5, 2x to XNUMXx).

Captions are supported as well, with a nice collection of fonts. Finally, the GIFs created can be saved to the gallery, or shared to many services like Gfycat, and even via email. But even with all this, Giflab cannot create GIFs from images, which is a bit of a disappointment.

Installation: ( free )

2. GIF Live

One of the most impressive (but not exactly new) features of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, is the devices ability to capture Live Photos, which are basically photos with a very short animation. And if you ever wanted turn your live photos to GIFs , GIF live  is what you need. It's true! Live GIF can convert live photos into both GIFs and short videos, which can then be edited by any third party GIF and video editing programs or apps. Although itself might not seem like much, this app can come in handy when you want to send over one or more of your live photos to your friends, who don't own the latest iPhone.

Installer:  ( $ 1.99 )

3. Movement Stills

Google recently released Motion Stills app for iOS which like Live GIF lets you easily convert Live iPhone Photos to GIFs. The app not only creates GIFs on Live Photos, it also stabilizes your photos and lets you create movies from your Live Photos. Along with this, the app lets you choose the quality of GIFs and the speed at which the clips are repeated. Well, we have already talked about the Stills motion app extensively in a detailed article, so you should check it out to know more about it.

Installation: ( free )

Android apps

1. Gif Me! Camera

Extremely well done and chock full of goodness, gif Me! The camera is one of the best ways to create GIFs on your Android device. It can be used to create GIFs from both images and videos saved in your device, and can also directly convert recorded videos from the device's camera (maximum 14 seconds long) to GIFs. You can add a whole bunch of filters for animated GIFs, and also to overlay them with text subtitles (using one of the many fonts available), stickers, frame borders, and so on.

There are also many controls for changing the animation speed, and once created, the output can be saved to the device. But what really gives gif Me! Edge Camera is its ability to create stop motion and time-lapse videos, which make for some really great looking GIFs.

Installation: ( free )

2. Edit Gif Maker Video

Looking for a capable GIF maker tool for your Android device? Look no further than GIF Edit Maker Video. The easy-to-use app will have you creating animated GIFs from photos and videos in a jiffy. You can also edit existing GIFs, and also convert short videos recorded from your device's camera into GIFs. The app comes with all sorts of basic editing options (eg crop, rearrange frames), a handful of image filters (eg Sepia), and has the ability to edit all quality to animation delay.

In addition, you can even insert GIFs into photos . In summary, GIF Video Maker Maker works well enough for what it is, and provides a fun way to create GIFs on the go.

Installation: ( free )

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