7 Free Online GIF Maker Tools for Turning Videos Into Animated Photos

Make GIFs from YouTube or your own videos

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There are lots of free GIF maker apps you can use on your mobile device to easily create animated GIF images from the videos you've filmed with your device. But what if you've got a YouTube video, a TV show or a movie on your computer that you'd like to use to create your own GIFs?

Well, there's always Photoshop, GIMP or other types of software you can install on your computer, but chances are you may need some time to figure out how to actually use these complicated tools to make GIFs. Most people want a quicker option than this.

Considering how insanely popular GIF-sharing has grown to become these days, more online tools have become available to help simplify the GIF creation process. And the best part is that they're ridiculously easy and fast to use, no matter how technologically challenged you to think you may be.

The following list of online tools for creating GIFs are great if you need a very simple GIF maker option. You can have your own custom GIF completed in as little as a few seconds.

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Make a GIF
Screenshot of MakeAGIF.com

What We Like

  • Self-explanatory.

  • Lots of options.

  • No user account required.

  • Hosts your GIFs.

What We Don't Like

  • Extremely low quality unless you pay.

  • Free version requires watermark.

MakeAGIF.com offers a whole bunch of options for your to create GIFs, including GIFs from pictures, your webcam, YouTube videos or a video you have already uploaded on your computer. It even offers free image hosting, so you can upload your GIF and share the URL all over the web.

This is a popular GIF-making platform for lots of users, complete with a community of active GIF makers. Feel free to browse the gallery of GIFs that others have created across all sorts of different categories. You can also click on any GIF to download it, share it on social media or even see its source.

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Meme Center

Meme Center
Screenshot of MemeCenter.com

What We Like

  • Keyboard shortcuts.

  • Advanced editing options.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires Flash.

  • Must log in to post online.

  • Can't use local videos (only online ones).

Meme Center is widely known for its popular meme builder and quick meme features, but its GIF maker tool is pretty great too. You can create animated GIFs or reaction GIFs, and then choose to create it from an existing video, images or from scratch.

Feel free to even add text and draw on your GIF to give it a little extra touch of personal artistry or web humor. Save it and then share it when you're done.

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Screenshot of Imgur.com

What We Like

  • Very simple editor.

  • Sharing is supported.

  • No log in required to make a GIF.

What We Don't Like

  • Few editing options.

  • Must sign on to share GIFs.

Imgur is one of the largest and most popular image sharing and hosting platforms online–especially for GIFs. Now you can use it to create your own GIFs from existing videos anywhere online.

All you have to do is paste the URL of the video into the given field and then follow the steps to create the GIF from your chosen clip. Make sure you check out the tutorial for how to use Imgur to create a GIF from a video for a step-by-step walkthrough.

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Screenshot of GIphy.com

What We Like

  • Lots of decoration options.

  • Fun filters.

  • Works quickly.

  • Saves the GIF online.

What We Don't Like

  • Supports adding one text box only.

  • No option to delete saved GIFs.

Giphy is the largest search engine for animated GIFs, and now it has a tool of its very own that allows its users who love to discover and share GIFs to actually create their own. Simply copy and paste the URL to a video (from YouTube, Vimeo or any other compatible site) and start creating!

Alternatively, you can drag and drop existing video files from your computer to the GIF creator. The video will start playing (without sound) and you'll be able to select the clip you want for your GIF, plus add an optional caption and tags.

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Screenshot of ImgFlp.com

What We Like

  • Unique options.

  • Stores it online.

  • Can mark the GIF as private.

What We Don't Like

  • Only the pro version supports unlimited text boxes.

  • A watermark is saved to every free image.

  • Can't link directly to the online GIF.

Imgflip gives you two options to create GIFs: from a video or from a collection of images. On the video tab, you can either copy and paste the address of a YouTube video into the URL bar, or you can upload your own video in almost any format from your computer.

You may be asked to sign up for an account first before you can start creating. Imgflip also offers several customization options for your GIFs, as well as a Pro version if you need to upload videos larger than 35MB with its current free service.

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Screenshot of EZGIF.com

What We Like

  • Large video file support.

  • Frame rate options.

  • Several optimization features.

  • Supports online videos.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't work with all videos types.

  • Must download the GIF to save it.

Another wildly simple GIF tool is EZGIF, which offers two options for you to convert videos to GIFs. You can either upload an existing video file from your computer or paste the URL of the video into the given fields.

Your GIF will be converted and your see the finished product below. Be sure to read over the tips and limitations beneath these sections to ensure that your video converts in a reasonable amount of time and learn how to take advantage of the editing tools that appear once your output GIF has been generated.

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Screenshot of GIFMaker.me

What We Like

  • High quality GIFs.

  • Lots of pictures can be used.

  • Advanced settings.

  • Supports music overlay.

What We Don't Like

  • No video support.

GIFMaker.me isn't exactly a tool you can use to turn videos into GIFs, but it's still worth mentioning if you have a collection of photos you want to combine to create GIFs. Simply upload multiple images in bulk to the site (up to 300 in JPG, PNG or GIF format) and drag the images around to put them in the correct order for your GIF.

Use the control panel on the right side to edit and preview your GIF. GIFMaker.me also offers additional features like combining GIFs, creating video animations, creating frame animations, reducing the file size of GIFs and more.