GIF Tutorial: How I make my gifs (Part 1)

Softwares Needed:

(Version 1. 11. 1 of VLC Media Player is much recommended.)

If you don’t have it yet, I suggest you download it since it’s one of the best media players ever.Also note the system type of your computer whether if it runs on a 32 bit or a 64 bit system before downloading. You may search google for download link. 

NOTE: You can’t use a youtube url to play a video via VLC Media Player, you have to have a real video. But if you want to get videos from youtube, here is a software that you can download that has a youtube downloader. I use this software and it’s completely safe. It’s got tons of other stuff too like youtube to mp3, audio converter and lots more so it can be of help with other stuff too. 

(Any version. I used to use Adobe Photoshop CS2 but now that I have the CS5 version of it, I use this one much often now.)

NOTE: If you use Adobe Photoshop CS2, you need Adobe ImageReady CS2 to open the files you need to make your gif. Adobe Photoshop CS2 is not capable of opening/importing them.

NOTE: If you use Adobe Photoshop CS5, you don’t need ImageReady anymore to open the files you need for your gif. 

If you don’t have Adobe Photoshop yet, I suggest getting the CS5 version because it’s much easier to use. 

Now, onto the process of making the GIFs.

Part 1: Getting the files/video that you want to make a GIF out of.

There are two ways I know in which you may get your desired video frames for your GIF. But I can only teach you my way of doing it.

Step 1: Open your VLC media player and click on the preferences which is underneath the Tools option. (Refer to the image below)

Once that is done, a window appears. Click 'Video', then scroll down to where you see ‘Video Snapshots’. This is where you set the output folder for your GIF frames.

You may choose which folder you want your snapshots to be saved at. I suggest you make a separate folder for it, don’t mix it in your ‘downloads’ folder or ‘pictures’ folder or wherever else.

Make sure the format is saved in JPG or JPEG format. Don’t use PNG format because it does not capture every frame completely.

Once that’s done, one the same preferences window, click ‘Hotkeys’. 

You may choose which hotkey to use in taking continuous video snapshots. I have mine set on Shift+S. It’s basically up to you on what set of keys you want to use, but make sure to use a key that isn’t taken by other actions

Once you’ve chosen a specific key for your snapshots, click Apply, then Save.

(Make sure to close the VLC Media Player window afterwards to completely save your renewed preferences.)


Step 2: Opening Your Video.

So basically, all my videos are set to open with VLC Media Player so I don’t have to make an effort of dragging and dropping the video into the player’s window.

Now I’ve chosen to open the video 'Jennifer Lawrence Photoshoot with Marie Claire'.

As it opens, the scale of the video is enlarged, even though the original frame dimensions of my video are 640px x 360px, thus making it look blurry and not of good quality, like this.

Now before you start screaming your head off and thinking OMG MY GIF WILL LOOK UGLY BECAUSE IT’S PIXELATED!!!! 

No, it won’t. Because once you get your snapshots, they will be saved in the original frame size of your video.

But if you’re someone like me that is just a complete and total OCD freak (Obsessive Compuslive), you may do this for your own satisfaction:

Click the video option on the menu bar, and uncheck the scale option underneath it. Then your video will now look like this:

That is the original frame dimension of my video, it may look smaller but it looks less pixelated and much more pleasant to the eyes.

Note: Reducing the scale of the video doesn’t affect the making of the gifs at all, in fact, it’s not even necessary, this is just for those who are total OCD freaks like me.

Now setting that aside, we shall now move on to the next step.

Step 3: Capturing your desired GIF frames.

Now that you have your video ready, simply go on to the part/scene you want to get your GIF from. 

Say I want to get this scene where Jennifer Lawrence flips her hair and make it as my gif.

Now, to capture the frames, it is advisable to start capturing a couple of seconds before your desired scene starts. You may delete the unneeded frames later on anyway.

Once you’ve adjusted your start point, play the video, and at the same time press the hotkey you’ve chosen to get your screen captures. DO NOT LET GO OF THE KEY(S) UNTIL YOU REACH THE END OF THE SCENE YO WANT TO MAKE AS YOUR GIF.

Now, here is a print screen of my output folder where all my screen shots are saved automatically.

A total of 114 images! Woot! You may run through the folder, and delete the frames from the extra scenes.

Now that you have your frames, you are now ready to make your GIF! 

Moving on to PART 2 of the process. 



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