Videos are a powerful format, but GIFs are easier to share and embed in emails/documents.
GIFs almost always start out as bits of video content, though. And since MP4 is the most common file type for videos in 2021, creators often need to convert a memorable segment of an MP4 into a GIF. In this article, I’ll show you how to convert an MP4 to a GIF using a free online tool called Kapwing in four steps:
- Upload MP4 to the Converter
- Select GIF Segment
- Convert & Download
Step 1: Upload MP4 to the Converter
Open Kapwing’s Convert Video tool, or find the Convert tool from the Kapwing homepage. If you’re just using the tool for the first time, you can “try a sample” to test out how the feature works.
Click on the purple “Upload” button or drag and drop the file to upload your video. Your video will load for a few moments then will appear in the Convert editor. You can also import a video from YouTube and convert part of it to an MP4.
If you want to only convert a section of your MP4, first trim down the section of the video that you want to use. You can use the timeline to split the video track where you want the GIF to start and end, then delete the sections before and after your cut.
Or, select the video layer and click the "Trim" button in the sidebar. Then, move down to the section you want for your GIF. When you’ve chosen the part you want, click “Trim” to return to the main editor.
Step 2: Export as GIF
Next, choose the dropdown arrow next to the "Export" button. This is the menu that will allow you to choose the file type for your output file. Choose the second option: “Export as GIF.”
GIF is a smaller, shorter file format, so they can’t be as long in duration or as high quality. Kapwing supports GIFs up to 60 seconds long. The longer your GIF is, the lower quality it is since you have fewer frames per second.
Also note that GIFs don’t support audio, so the converted GIF will be mute!
Select the 10-second clip of the video that you want to make into a GIF. Below the video preview, adjust the sliders to set the start and end time of the GIF. The text below shows you the expected duration on your output GIF.
Step 3: Download
After you’ve exported your video, Kapwing processes your file in the Cloud and will return it to you after a few seconds. Once the loading has finished, you'll be able to download your GIF.
Now your GIF is finalized and ready to be shared! You can send the URL of the Kapwing webpage to your friends or download the GIF to save it on your phone/computer.
Thanks for reading! I hope this article helps you convert MP4s into GIFs with ease. Kapwing is an online MP4 editor that is free to use, and you don’t need an account to access it. Just jump in at Kapwing.com.