Create animated GIFs from YouTube videos

6 years ago

The popularity of animated GIFs still hasn't let up, and one of the easiest ways to create your own animated GIF is by using YouTube videos and free online GIF converters.

When it comes to creating GIFs from your own video clips, Softonic Editor Jan-Hendrik already took us through the process of creating your own GIFs on both Mac and PC using web apps or a webcam to record things live. If you're already found the perfect video online, however, there's an even easier way to make your own GIFs. With any one of the three online converters below, you can create your very own animated GIFs from a YouTube video.


With Gifsoup, you simply copy any YouTube link into the text box, and then click Create Gifs.

Then, you can use any section of the video up to ten seconds. Select the section by picking a start and end time within the clip. Then, click on Generate Animated GIF to create the GIF file.

There aren't any other options, so creating the GIF is incredibly easy. The only downside: Gifsoup adds its own watermark to your creation. With a paid premium account, you can create animated GIFs that are up to 30 seconds long with no watermark.


MakeaGIF works on the same principle as Gifsoup, but offers a slightly fancier interface. A slider lets you select the start time and specify the desired duration of your GIF animation. If you register for free, the maximum playing time is 10 seconds. Otherwise, you have a limit of 5 seconds.

Unlike Gifsoup, MakeaGIF displayed no watermark and creates longer animated GIFs, although the web app works much slower.


A more comfortable online converter for YouTube videos is IMGflip. Like MakeaGIF, this service offers free access, as well as premium access for an additional charge. The free version will generate 10 second GIFs with dimensions of 260 or 360 pixels with watermark, with the option of making 100x100 square images as well.

Especially practical about IMGflip is that before making your GIF, you can set the expected frame rate and file size You also have the option of adding small text messages at any point in the animated GIF. The paid version (IMGflip Pro) creates clips of any resolution and up to 40 seconds long, without watermark.

While there may be a ton of GIF websites out there, sometimes it's still impossible to find what you're looking for, and with these three services, you can create GIFs that perfectly express your emotion.

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