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Ways to Make a GIF From a Youtube Video

Sofia Albert updated on Mar 15, 2023 | Home > Video Converter Tips

Did you find a crazy moment on YouTube that you want to share as a GIF with your friends? Or do you simply want to save them as a memory collection? Whatever the case, GIFs are taking the world by storm, and they're Gen Z's favorite medium of reaction when chatting with friends.

Since YouTube is the largest online video-sharing platform, you are not short on options for finding a scene from your favorite comedy show or a movie and turning that into a GIF.

In today's article, you are going to learn how to make a GIF from a YouTube video, so continue reading because you don't want to miss this one!

How to Make a GIF From Youtube Video Online

You can create GIFs from a YouTube video online using VEED.IO and Flixier. These are two online GIF creators for YouTube. Let's take a look at how to create a GIF from a YouTube video using VEED.IO and Flixier.

Method 1. VEED.IO

Here's how to make a GIF online from YouTube using VEED.IO:

Step 1. First, download the YouTube video.

Step 2. Now, open your browser and go to VEED.IO.

Step 3. Click on "Upload Your YouTube Video" head over to the location where you downloaded the YouTube video, and then select the YouTube video to open it in VEED.IO.

upload your youtube video

Step 4. Allow a few seconds for it to upload. Once it's uploaded, go to the timeline and trim your video using the side layers, then select the portion of the video you want to turn into a GIF.

trimming the video

Step 5. Once you have selected the portion of the video that you want to save as a GIF, click on "Settings" on the left window.

Step 6. Click on the "Size" dropdown menu and select "Square."

changing the video size

Step 7. Now, click on the video, and you will see a new settings menu opening on the left window. Under "Transformations," select "Fill the canvas."

Step 8. You can also add texts by clicking on "Text" on the left window. Select the font and add your text. You can also change the color and do so much more.

Step 9. If you want the text file to appear at a certain time in the video, click the text file from the timeline and drag it to where you want it to begin. You can also change how much longer the text stays there by dragging the side layers of it, just like how you trimmed the video.

adding and changing the length of the text

Step 10. Now, to save the video file as a GIF, click on the "Export" button on the top right corner of your window, pick your render settings, and click on "Export video."

Step 11. After the video has been rendered. Click on the "Download" button and select "Download GIF" to save it as a GIF file.

So this is how you make a GIF of a YouTube video using VEED.IO. Now, let's also see how you can make a GIF from a YouTube video using Flixier.

Method 2. Flixier

Turning the YouTube video into a GIF with Flixier is similar to how we did it with VEED.IO, but there are a few differences.

Without holding you any longer, here's how to turn your Youtube video into a GIF using Flixier:

Step 1. Open Flixier and upload the YouTube video that you have downloaded.

Step 2. Now drag and drop the video from the media library to the timeline.

Step 3. Either using the "Cut" feature or dragging the ends of the video, select the portion of the video that you want to save as a GIF.

cutting the unnecessary parts of the video

Step 4. Now, to add text, transitions, effects, and more, you can view the options on the left-side menu. Click on "Text" if you want to add texts, or on "Transitions" if you want to add transitions, and vice versa.

list of available features to use in a gif video

Step 5. Once you are done, click on "Export" and then under "Save file as," select "GIF."

exporting the video as a gif

Step 6. You can also change the framerate of the GIF file here.

Step 7. Once finished, click on "Export and download."

How to Make a GIF From Youtube Video Using Desktop App

Download EaseUS Video Converter or any third-party software from a trusted source, and then use a video converter tool to convert your videos to GIFs.

While making a GIF of your video online is easier, offline programs can help with batch processing while converting videos and much more, meaning better quality and control overall.

EaseUS Video Converter is one of the most versatile programs that you can use to convert your videos into GIF files and edit them, add text or effects, and so much more. Furthermore, you can use an offline program whenever and wherever you want and export files of much higher quality than online programs.

Here are some of the advantages of an offline program:

  • Access the program and create or edit your video files anywhere.
  • It doesn't require the internet, meaning faster export times.
  • The exported video quality is high-quality.

EaseUS Video Converter is available for Windows, and if you want to download it to create GIF files easily, click here.

  Free Download
Windows 11/10/8/7
  Free Download
macOS 10.13 or later

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Video Converter on your computer. Choose "GIF Maker" from the left menu. 

Choose GIF Maker

Step 2. Click "Add File" to import the video you wish to convert. Once you select wanted video files, click "Open" to import them.

Add files

Step 3. Then, you can drag the slider to set how long you want the gif to conitue. In the settings on the right, you can set the start and end time, choose optimize output size and frame rate, and add text to your GIF. At the bottom of the screen, you can click the file icon to select the storage path you prefer. Once completed, click "Create GIF."

Customize the settings

Step 4. Next, EaseUS Video Converter will start making GIF for you. Wait for the process to complete, and then you can check converted files from the folder you set. 

Conversion completed


If there are any other questions about making a GIF from a YouTube video, we answer everything here.

1. Can I use GIFs in YouTube videos?

Yes, you can use GIFs in YouTube videos; in fact, many creators use GIFs to entertain their audiences.

2. Does iPhone have a GIF maker?

To create GIFs, you can download a third-party GIF maker app, such as GIPHY. If you're wondering if there's an in-built solution, the answer is no.

3. What does GIF stand for?

GIF is short for Graphics Interchange Format, created in 1987 by Stephen Wilhite.

Concluding Thoughts

Youtube is an ocean of videos, and you can find anything on YouTube. And if you have a favorite creator of your own and you want to share their funny actions or reactions in GIF format, you can do that easily with just one tool, EaseUS Video Converter.

But you can also use our other suggested online programs to turn a video into a GIF online.

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