How to create Animated Gifs from movie files?

How to create animated gifs from movie files? |Β Convert avi to animated gif

This is a guide that I copied from my old blog. Basically, this guide will teach you on how to create animated gifs from movie files? Specifically, this will be a step-by-step guide on how to create animated gifs from avi files.

Ok Let’s Start…

::Tools Needed::

VirtualDubMod – This program will extract a piece of the video file that we want to convert to an animated gif.
GIF Movie Gear – This program will do the converting from avi to gif.

::What You Need To Do::

  • Open vdm(virtualdubmod) and open the avi file with it. (Ctrl-O)
  • Try to locate the part where you want the clip. This can be done by playing the movie on any video player and getting an approximation of the time.
    —–Example:: My example will be Episode 14 of Love Story In Harvard. I want to make a gif of her pointing her thumbs in a cute way… πŸ˜€
  • Next, go to the time where the clip ends using virtual dub.
    —–Example:: My clip ends at approximately 41minutes and 53seconds. It doesnt need to be exact but near to that.
  • Press CTRL-G and input the values in the box labeled Jump to frame at time. The format is , XX:YY:ZZZ , X = minutes, Y = Seconds, Z = Miliseconds.
    —–Example:: I would be inputting 41:53:000, see figure. πŸ˜€

    Animated Gif Kim Tae Hee Keep approximating the values till you get it right.
  • After doing that, Press the HOME key, the cue that it worked will be the little text that the bottom part of VDM.
    —–Example:: See figure and the red part.
  • Press CTRL-Right Arrow key and then Press END. You will notice in that some parts of the progress bar became blue…
    Animated Gif Kim Tae Hee
  • Press Delete…. and that blue part goes away…. We have now done 1/2 of the extraction of the video clip we want to make into an animated gif.
    We have deleted the extra scenes after our clip, now let us delete the extra parts before ur clip.
  • Locate the start of your clip, and go to it… remember CTRL-G?
    —–Example:: My input would be 41:49:000.
  • Now Press END, and the cue for doing this correctly will once again be shown in the lower right.
    Animated Gif Kim Tae Hee
  • Now notice the blue part again, well… just press DELETE… and we have now isolated our clip from the movie.
  • Do you want to resize your clip? If NO, then move on to the next Bullet. If yes, continue reading….
    —Go to Video then Filters
    Animated Gif Kim Tae Hee
    —Press Add then Find resize from the list.
    Animated Gif Kim Tae Hee
    —Double clicking on resize will show you this window… usually the values that I use are the ones that are in the pic. Click the Show Preview button for a preview… hehe
    Animated Gif Kim Tae Hee
    —When you are happy with the settings, OK it , and OK till you return to the main screen… πŸ˜€
  • Now press F7 and save the file… Dont forget to set the VIDEO MODE option there to FULL PROCESSING MODE.
    Animated Gif Kim Tae Hee
  • I guess you now have a file named MYCLIP.AVI or something… well done, close virtualdubmod and let us open GIF Movie Gear
  • Click on Open file and open the clip.. well.. MYCLIP.avi … after a few loading sequences, you will be shown with a screen like this…
    Animated Gif Kim Tae Hee
  • Now here, you can basically just go to FILE and save it as an ANIMATED GIF and you are done but I am sure that the file size will be very big. So let us make it smaller. …
  • Take note of the values encircled in the pic…
    Animated Gif Kim Tae Hee
    None of 120 Frames :: The entire animation has 120 frames
    160 * 120 :: resolution of the pic.. this is already nice and clear on cellphones.
    3.60sec :: length of the animation
    File size :: Size of the gif animation, 1.2mb is BIG! lol
  • Basically, we need to reduce the file size… the safest way is to reduce the number of frames… follow the pic…
    Animated Gif Kim Tae Hee then Animated Gif Kim Tae Hee
  • Usually I just press ok, and do it again… so a total of 2 frame reductions… You can check the preview if it still looks ok or it gets choppy (CLOSE THE PREVIEW WINDOW FIRST THEN OPEN IT AGAIN AFTER A FRAME REDUCTION hehe).. when you are satisfied..Save it as an animated gif and DROOL at your gif.. nyahaha πŸ˜€

This ends the guide… Enjoy making animated Gifs. πŸ˜€

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31 thoughts on “How to create Animated Gifs from movie files?

  1. very useful post. I was asking my partner about making animated GIF files a month ago and he did that in the early 90’s and has since stopped. This will probably help us out.

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  2. Thank you, I tried earlier of making an animated GIF of my own video but was not successful, lemme try this time.

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  3. That’s very useful and interesting…Anyway, are the tools needed are freeware?

  4. @Cindy King – Thank you. I hope that this guide will help you out. πŸ™‚

  5. @Medical Transcription Blog – I wish you luck in your trials. Just come back and tell me if you have problems. πŸ™‚

  6. @Tania – Hello, only virtualdubmod is freeware. The other one is trialware. πŸ™‚

  7. OMFG I took me so long to figure out the first part..VDM BUT I GOT IT AND IT WORK HURRAH i finally know to make gifs i was gonna use adobe but i found this tutorial instead im gonna have some fun


  8. I’m having trouble with this…virtualdubmod doesn’t seem to recognise most current avi files. Suggestions?

  9. Hey, I tried this but neither program like the AVIs I’m using. It say something about XVID or something. I’ve tried a bunch of different ones but no luck. D:
    If you can help me, respond at my email, please:

  10. @Jon – Please update your codecs. I would suggest that you download the codec pack from πŸ™‚

  11. @Myumi – Do you have the codecs for XVID video? Please try to download the codec pack from πŸ™‚

  12. Thank you for this guide. However, VDM is driving me crazy. After I press END I see no progress. No part of the bar turned blue. I’ve tried about 10 times already. Please help!!!

  13. same problem as PT, can’t highlight and delete anything either side of the clip.

  14. @PT – Hi PT, please tell me more about your problem so that I can try it out myself too and see how I can help. Thanks.

  15. Thanks so much, I’ve been trying all sorts of different softwares but to no avail, this really helped me a lot, but is there anyway to get gif’s from rm(real media) files? Converting my rm files to avi is taking a lot of time. So pls let me know, if there’s a way.
    Thanks again.

  16. How come all my GIFs become slow? =(

  17. THANK YOU I finally got it to work, and I really made a .gif! Awesome thanks! Now I just need to figure out how to get them into Livejournal icons…

  18. I want to do this but my problem is I don’t trust those codecs and most of my files are xvid πŸ™

    • @David, hmmm which codecs do you mean? If you need codecs, I would recommend that you use and only use CCCP – combined codec community pack. πŸ™‚

  19. Tried it with Gif movie gear but it’s ugly. It’s something with the colors. Yours look like it was but mine looks so different.

  20. Anyway I checked 24-bit color and everytime I save it it’s again 256 colors πŸ™

    Don’t know what is going wrong.

  21. The problem with Gif Movie Gear for me is that it reduces the amount of colors to 256 already at the beginning, when the AVI is loaded. So, if I crop the animation in Gif Movie Gear, which possibly could exclude some colors, and I would optimize it to 256 colors afterwards, I could have better quality! Is Gif Movie Gear able to do this?

    I used to do this a long time ago with ‘Animation Shop’, a program that came with ‘Paint Shop Pro’. It was quite the same, but it reduced the amount of colors to 256 (or less) in the end, which I think is better. I don’t know if Animation Shop still exists… I think when Corel took it over, they totally messed up the program and made it very bad!

  22. Thanks so much for the guide! It’s really easy to follow πŸ™‚

    Btw, is it possible to crop the video and take just a specific area inside the frame? I mean, for example, just take the top left corner square of the video.

    Thanks again!

  23. thanks so much for putting this together, very much appreciated

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