YouTube videos can be a great source of content for memes and reaction GIFs, but while everyone uses GIFs nowadays, creating one from scratch can seem a little intimidating. Most online tutorials encourage you to use complicated, professional image editing software in order to create these (since GIFs are, in fact, an image format, not a video format). We, on the other hand, wanted to simplify the process.
In this article, we’re going to show you how easily you can go from YouTube to GIF by using an online video editor called Flixier. The tool is browser based, so you don’t need to download or install anything to your computer in order to use it. It also uses cloud servers to do any video processing heavy lifting, so you don’t need to worry about your computer specs. Flixier will run smoothly on anything, even on budget laptops or Chromebooks.
Let’s see how it works!
How to make a GIF from a YouTube video with Flixier
- Open Flixier and import your YouTube video
To start, look up Flixier on Google and visit their website. Don’t worry, you don’t need to create an account or download anything in order to create GIFs from YouTube videos with Flixier. Just click on the blue Get Started button in the top right corner to open the editor in your web browser.
You’ll be greeted with the Import menu. Since we’re going to use a video that’s already on YouTube, you can just click the Link option. Then, go over to YouTube, find your video, and copy the link to it. Switch back to Flixier, paste your Link into the import menu and click on Import.
Your video is going to show up on the timeline at the bottom of the screen.
- Cut and edit your GIF
Now it’s time for the fun part! You probably don’t want to turn your entire YouTube video to GIF, right? Well, you can easily cut out the part you want by dragging the playhead to the right time stamp and clicking the Cut button on the left of the timeline, or by using the S key on your keyboard. Just make two cuts and then right click on the parts you don’t want to include in your GIF and delete them.
If you want to edit your future GIF even further, you can use the menus on the left side of the screen to add text to it. Just click the Add Simple Text button, think of a funny caption, type it in and then use the menu on the right side of the screen to customize your text. You can resize and reposition it, choose from hundreds of built-in fonts and even pick one of the dozens of stylish presets if you’re in a hurry and don’t want to spend time customizing the text from scratch.
There’s no limit to your creativity when it comes to Flixier. You can experiment and add different shapes, animations and overlays from their respective menus on the left side of the screen. You can also add filters, enhance colors and even zoom or pan the ‘camera’ using a simplified, but powerful keyframes system. This is all too much to describe in detail in this article though, so we’ll let you discover these for yourself.
- Save your GIF
When you’ve finished editing your GIF, click the Export button in the top right corner of the screen. Under Save As, make sure to select GIF and then click on Export and Download. Congrats! You went from YouTube video to GIF, now Flixier, will take a few seconds to process your GIF and then it will be saved to your computer.
So, going back to the main question: is it hard to convert a YouTube video to GIF? Well, we really don’t think it is, at least not if you have the right tools. You don’t have to take our word for it, though! You can head over there right now and start working on your GIFs. It’s free to try, so why not give it a shot and see for yourself?
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