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How to Convert MP4 to GIF on Windows/Mac/Online

Jane Zhou updated on Mar 15, 2023 | Home > Video Editing Tips

GIF(Graphics Interchange Format) is a bitmap image format, which comes into widespread usage on the world wide web due to its full support and portability between many applications and operating systems. As real-time communication has grown, so has the use of GIF images. When we chat on WhatsApp or other software, we often use GIF images instead of text to make chatting more interesting.

What if you want to use a fragment from an MP4 or a video but can't find the corresponding GIF on the Internet, how to create one by yourself? Actually, a simpler way to make it is to convert MP4 to GIF. On this page, we will show you how to convert MP4 to GIF without losing quality.

Method 1. How to Convert MP4 to GIF on Windows in High Quality

When it comes to turning MP4 into GIF on Windows, you cannot miss a powerful tool called EaseUS Video Editor.

Supporting various input and output media formats, this software allows you to complete the MP4 to GIF conversion with simple clicks. Besides, you can use it to enrich your converted GIF file, like speeding up or slowing down, adding filters, inserting text, etc. In addition to converting video to GIF, this program also lets you convert video to audio, including MP3, AAC, and many more.  

Except for format conversion, this video editor also supports all the basic video editing functions. You can add subtitles to video, add texts/special effects/metadata/filters, crop, rotate, merge videos, and more. 

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The guide below explains how to convert MP4 to GIF without losing quality. You can also follow the instructions to transfer other video formats to GIF.

Step 1. After launching EaseUS Video Editor first thing to do is simply dragging the target file to the media library. You also can right-click on the file and left click import video to do the same thing.

Import Video

Step 2. After adding source file to media, you can either left-click on "Add to Project" or you can drag and place it.

Import Video

Step 3. After adding a source to Project it will appear on the timeline. Then you can export the video file, it will direct you to another window.

Click Export option

Step 4. In the Export window, select GIF in the video format tab. Once done, click "Export".

Export GIF

Method 2. How to Turn MP4 to GIF on Mac without Losing Quality

For Mac users, there are two tools you can choose for MP4 to GIF conversion. One is Photoshop, and the other is Giphy Capture.

1. Change MP4 to GIF Using Photoshop

If you don't want to use a third-party video editor, another way to convert MP4 to GIF on Mac is by using the Photoshop program. The program supports many formats for GIF conversion, including MP4, AVI, M4V, MOV, AVI, and MPEG.

Step 1. Download and open Photoshop on your computer. Drag the MP4 video file directly to open it. Of course, you can also click "File" > "Import", and browse to the location of the video file to open it.

Step 2. After opening the video file, PS will automatically open the "Timeline" editing interface below. Here you can perform operations such as cropping, resolution setting, frame rate setting on the video.

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Step 3. After setting, click "File" > "Save as web format", then click "Preview" at the lower left of the pop-up window, and below there will be information about the size of the GIF animation. If the GIF image is too large, you can adjust the pixel value under "Image Size". Under "Animation" is the loop option. Generally, we set it to "forever".

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Step 4. After all the items are set, click "Save" to convert MP4 to GIF.

2. Create GIF from MP4 with Giphy Capture

Another GIF to MP4 converter is Giphy Capture. This free app is simple, powerful, and easy enough for you to create an animation from a video in high quality. You can download this tool on Apple Store and have a try. 

Convert MP4 to GIF

The guide to convert MP4 to GIF on Mac with Giphy Capture:

Step 1. Download Giphy Capture on your Mac and open it. You will see a green square on your screen.

Step 2. Upload your MP4 into Giphy Capture and adjust the square for fitting the video.

Step 3. Click "Start Recording" to capture a GIF from your video.

Step 4. Once done, click the GIPHY Capture logo in the Menu Bar and select your GIF. You can simply edit your GIF and export it or share it as a URL. 

Method 3. How to Save MP4 as GIF Online for Free

Except for the above two methods to convert MP4 to GIF, there is another great choice to help you out by using a reliable online converter. This type of MP4 to GIF converter typically lets you do the conversion in three steps. Here, let's take EZGIF.COM as an example.

Steps to Convert MP4 to GIF Online with EZGIF:

Step 1. Open the website of EZGIF, and select your MP4 file from your computer or you can paste the URL of the video. And then click "Upload video!".

Step 2. When your mp4 is uploaded, a new page will pop out. Here, you can choose the duration, size, frame rate, and formats for your GIF.

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Step 3. After choosing these options, click "Convert to GIF!" and then your GIF will be saved on your computer.

Method 4. How to Convert an MP4 to GIF on iPhone

If you are an iPhone user, and you want to convert MP4 video to GIF on your iPhone, I recommend you use the shortcut of iPhone. That is Video to GIF. 

Here's the step to use the shortcut to convert MP4 to GIF on iPhone:

Step 1. Grab this Video to GIF shortcut and launch it.

Step 2. You'll be presented with a list of qualifying videos on your iPhone.

Step 3. An editing window will pop up. Then trim down your MP4 video to just the part you want to make a GIF from.

Step 4. Press "Save". You can press the share button at the top of the screen to save the image or send it to a social media app.

Method 5. How to Convert MP4 to GIF on Android

When you are using an Android phone to convert MP4 to GIF, we suggest an app named GIF Maker. This is an all-in-one free GIF application to enables you to make/edit animated GIFs.

convert MP4 to GIF on Android

Follow the steps below to convert MP4 to GIF on Android:

Step 1. Download and launch GIF Maker and choose MP4 files from your local file or an URL.

Step 2. A square will appear on your video, you can drag the border to adjust the size of GIF.

Step 3. Customize speed by sliding the line on the screen.

Step 4. After everything is done, you can save it to the local file or click "Share via" to share the GIF on your social platform.

Wrap Up

We've explained some ways for you to convert MP4 to GIF on Mac, Windows, online, iPhone, and Android without losing quality in this post. If you know Photoshop very well, you can operate it without too much effort. If your files are small, you can use online conversion tools to help you, but be careful about data security.

If you are not familiar with Photoshop and the file size is too large, then your best choice is to apply an ultimate PC video editor, like EaseUS Video Editor here. This video editing software not only provides powerful capabilities but also allows you to convert media file formats without losing quality.

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