There are three main forms of visual media we're used to seeing online, wherever we go: photos, videos, and GIFs. On your phone, you can easily open up your camera app and snap a picture. Same with videos – you might do it almost every day.

What about GIFs? These handy image-video hybrids are incredibly useful, and you can post them almost anywhere, but you probably aren't accustomed to making them nearly as often as you take videos and pictures. That's because, in order to create a GIF, you usually have to start by combining images, adding animations to a picture, or converting a video file you already recorded. But it can be a lot simpler – here's how you can record GIFs directly on your phone:

  1. Open the Kapwing Studio
  2. Record your clip
  3. Export & download as a GIF

Step 1: Open the Kapwing Studio

No matter what kind of phone you're using, you can use Kapwing instantly. That's because, unlike other video recorders and editors, it doesn't require any app downloads, and works in any browser. Just open your web browser, go to Kapwing.com, and tap "Start editing" to enter the Studio.

Step 2: Record your clip

Once you're in the Kapwing Studio, tap "Click to upload," then "Take photo or video." Tap "video" and hit the record button to start recording. Keep rolling until you have the clip you want, then stop your recording and you'll return to the Studio.

Step 3: Export & download as a GIF

Once you've recorded the clip you wanted, make sure it looks the way you want – in the Studio, you can trim unwanted parts, crop it to a better size, and make any additional edits your GIF needs.

Once it's ready, scroll to the right of the editing toolbar and tap "Settings." Here, change your output file to GIF and hit the red Export button at the top of the Studio. Once your file is done processing, you can long-press on the GIF to download it directly to your phone's camera roll.

I hope this article helped you make GIF creation as simple as taking photos and videos! For more modern media creation tips, product updates, and content insights, subscribe to Kapwing App on YouTube or follow us on Twitter @KapwingApp. In the meantime, check out these related resources on easy, accessible, GIF creation and editing:

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