When you find that perfect moment in a YouTube video for a meme, reaction, or highlight, you should turn it into a GIF immediately. GIFs are ideal for Facebook Messanger, WhatsApp, iMessage, email, Twitter, and docs. But how do you convert the segment of video you want into a GIF?

In this post, I’ll describe to you the fastest way to make a GIF from a YouTube video. It works on any computer, phone or tablet. It’s free, and you don’t need to install any app or software. It just works:

  1. Paste URL to YouTube video
  2. Convert a section of video to GIF
  3. Download and share GIF****

To make a GIF from a YouTube video, use Kapwing’s Convert Video tool. Here is the step by step tutorial:

Step 1: Paste URL to YouTube Video

Open Kapwing’s Convert Video tool and paste the URL of your YouTube video that you want to convert to GIF. Kapwing supports any video that is shorter than 30 mins and smaller than 300 MB.

In this example, I’m converting a scene from a David Dobrik vlog, so I copy and paste this URL into Kapwing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be9jYtOPa4w

Step 2: Convert a section of video to GIF

Once your video loads in the convert editor, choose the “GIF” option in the left panel.

Then, click the “Trim video” button to cut out the section you want to convert to a GIF. It’s possible to convert any length of video into a GIF, but you should aim to convert a clip that is less than 10 seconds long. If your segment is more than 10 seconds long, your GIF may come out pixelated, janky, or low resolution.

Once you’ve trimmed your video, click “Done Trimming” to return to the Converter. You will see the number of seconds your GIF will last (in my case, 3.6 seconds) and adjust your trim with with sliders underneath the GIF preview.

Note that GIFs (as a file type) do not have any audio! So the output will be muted.

Step 3: Download and Share GIF

Once you’ve selected the section you want, click “CREATE” to process your converted GIF. You can share the GIF directly with your friends or share on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

If you’re using a mobile device, you’ll need to download the very small Kapwing mobile app from the App Store. The app doesn’t require any login – it’s only meant to help you download your content! To download your picture on your iPhone, just copy the URL of the download page and paste it into the URL field in the Kapwing app. Now it's ready for you to share anywhere!

YouTube to GIF

TFW you finally get the joke

You can use Kapwing’s other tools to put a caption on your GIF, add a GIF filter, generate a meme, or make a collage with other GIFs and videos. Enjoy and happy GIF-giving!

For more ideas, tutorials, and features, check back in at the Kapwing Resources page or our YouTube channel! And remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media– we love to see what our creators are passionate about! And be sure to subscribe to the Kapwing Resources page – we’re constantly writing new tutorial and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing.

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