GIFs are handy little files that allow you to embed short video almost anywhere you can post pictures – they’re even searchable in Google Images! But while there are plenty of places to find GIFs, like GIPHY, Tenor GIFs, and GIFBin, there aren’t many good places to create and edit your own GIFs online.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to make and edit your own GIFs using video files. I recommend using a free online tool called Kapwing, for several reasons:
• It's free to use nearly all of its products
• It's easy to learn
• It doesn't require you to download any apps
• It works on computers, phones, and tablets
• You can upload videos from any source

To make GIFs from videos using Kapwing, you’ll need to know four steps:

  1. Find Your Video
  2. Upload Your Video to Kapwing
  3. Trim Your Video
  4. Publish & Download as a GIF!

Step 1: Find Your Video

First, you’ll need to know where you can access your video. If you want to make a GIF from a video you recorded yourself, or one that you have downloaded onto your device, make sure you can find it in your file browser! It’s a good idea to rename your video file to something that you can search for, or simply keep a file browser window open. I'm going to be using this meme-able Cory Booker expression as an example:

Copy a video's link to upload it to the Kapwing Studio

And if you want to make a GIF from a video you found online, just copy its URL! You can use videos from Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and pretty much any major video sharing platform on the internet! Either right click on the URL at the top of the page or right-click on the video while it’s playing and select “Copy Link.” Now you’re ready to upload your video!

Step 2: Upload Your Video to Kapwing

Uploading your video to Kapwing is just as easy! First, go to Kapwing.com and click “Get Started.” This will take you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can create your GIF and use all of Kapwing’s photo and video editing tools in one convenient place.

To upload a video from your computer, phone, or tablet, you can select the button that says “Click to upload” and find the file you want to edit in your file browser. You can also find the video in your file browser or Photos app and simply drag & drop it into the Studio window.

A quick look at the Kapwing Studio

And if you want to make a GIF from a video you found online, click on the field that says “Paste an image or video URL.” Now, right click (or just tap one more time if you're editing on your phone or tablet) on the field and select “Paste.” Kapwing will work its magic and upload your video to the Studio.

Step 3: Trim Your Video

GIFs work best when they’re fairly short (usually under 10 seconds long), so you might want to trim your video to be shorter than the original. To trim your video in the Studio, just click on the video layer, and then choose “Trim” from the toolbar on the right side of the window. Simply drag & drop the round buttons to select the portion of the video you want to turn into a GIF, and click “Done Trimming” when you’ve finished.

Kapwing's streamlined video trimmer

And while you’re in the Kapwing Studio, you can use all of Kapwing’s tools to make any other edits that your video needs:

Add & edit text
• Add pictures, GIFs, videos, overlays, & audio
• Add shapes
• Add text animations
Crop & filter

Step 4: Publish & Download as a GIF!

Once you've edited your GIF to perfection, click the Settings button in the top right corner of the Studio window (it looks like a little gear). In the settings window, make sure your output file is set to GIF, and your output quality is set to what you want. Now go back to the Studio window and click "Publish" in the upper right-hand corner. Kapwing will automatically work its magic and your video will be ready to download in no time.

Your GIF is just a click away!

When your video is finished processing, click “Download” from the right side of the screen. Here, you can also log in to remove the Kapwing watermark for free, if you haven't done so already!

And 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 GIF on your iPhone, just copy the URL of the download page and paste it into the URL field in the Kapwing app. Now your GIF is ready for you to share anywhere!

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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