How to Make a GIF From a YouTube Video

Yes, you can create a GIF from a video

What to Know

  • Choose a YouTube video, then type gif in the URL just before youtube. Press Enter > Pick Start Time > Confirm End Time> Create GIF.
  • Copy the video URL into Giphy's GIF Maker > set the duration. Click Continue to Decorate > Continue to Upload > Upload to GIPHY.

This article walks you through how to create a GIF from a YouTube video using gifs.com and Giphy.

The Easiest Way to Create a GIF From a Video: GIFS.com

There's plenty of fodder for making GIFs on video platforms like YouTube. The easiest way to make a GIF is so simple you'll question if it's really that simple. This method uses an online service called gifs.com.

  1. Start by finding a video on YouTube that you want to use for your GIF.

  2. In the address bar of your browser, type gif in the URL just before youtube in the address and then press Enter.

    A screenshot of adding gif to a YouTube URL to create a GIF from the YouTube video.
  3. The video will open up in the gifs.com video editor, and there will be a pink slider on the timeline under the GIF that you can move around to Pick Start Time for the video. When you find the place you want to start, click it.

    Picking the start time when making a GIF from a YouTube video with gif.com.
  4. Once you've picked the start time, the timeline expands, and a short section of it is highlighted in blue. This is the suggested length of the GIF you are creating. You can grab and move either side of the blue box (shaded in a darker blue) to change the start and end times.

    The selection box on gif.com when creating a GIF from a YouTube video.
  5. If you know the exact start and/or end time of the video section you want to use for a GIF, you can also enter it manually in the Start Time and End Time boxes.

    The start and end time boxes used to determine the length of a GIF on gify.com.
  6. If you want to add any additional embellishments to the video, you'll find options for those on the left side of the screen. The standard options include:

    • Caption
    • Image
    • Crop
    • Padding
    • Blur
    • Hue
    • Invert
    • Saturation
    • Flip Vertical
    • Flip Horizontal

    There are also two Experimental Features called PingPong and Warp. PingPong makes your GIF loop back and forth, and Warp lets you speed up or slow down your GIF.

  7. Once you've finished editing your GIF, click the Create Gif button in the upper right corner of the screen.

    The create Gif option on gifs.com
  8. You'll be prompted to fill in some information about the GIF, including the GIF Title, Tags, choose whether the GIF is NSFE, if you want sound on, or if you want to add a watermark. You can also decide if you want the GIF to be public or private. Make your choices and then click Next.

    The information screen on the gifs.com GIF generator.
  9. The GIF will be generated and you'll be taken to a link where you can share with your friends on social media, copy the link to share in other places, or download the GIF to your device.

    The final GIF made from a YouTube video on gifs.com

    GIFs you create using this method will have the gifs.com logo on them. You can remove it, but you'll need to pay for a premium subscription of the service to do that.

How to Make a GIF From a YouTube Video with Giphy

Another free service that you can use is Giphy. Giphy is a great source for GIFs that others have made, but it's also an easy to use tool to create your own GIFs.

In order to use Giphy to create a GIF, you'll need to sign up for an account. It's free, but they do request your name and email address.

  1. Start by finding the YouTube video you want to use to create a GIF.

  2. Copy the URL for the video and paste it into Giphy's GIF Maker.

    For Giphy to work properly, the length of the original video you're using to create a GIF must be less than 15 minutes long.

    The URL field on the Giphy GIF Maker.
  3. A new screen will automatically appear that allows you to set the duration and start time of your GIF. After you set the duration and start time, click Continue to Decorate.

    The Continue to Decorate option in Giphy.
  4. On the next screen, you have options for Caption, Stickers, Filters, and Draw. Each of those tabs has additional options that you can use to make the GIF unique. When you've finished decorating it, click Continue to Upload.

    The decorating options when creating a GIF on Giphy.
  5. When the Add Info screen appears, you can change the Source URL if it's different than the one you entered to get started and Add Tags if you want to make the GIF easily searchable by others. There is also the option to make the GIF Public. This is On by default, but if you don't want it to be public, you can click to turn it Off. When you're finished, click Upload to GIPHY.

    Options to finalize a created GIF in Giphy.
  6. Once the file is done uploaded, you'll be taken the final GIF. On the right side of the screen, you'll find all the options for sharing it and your GIF will be included in Giphy's search (if you made it public) for others to find.

    The options for sharing a GIF on Giphy.

Other Options for Creating a GIF From a YouTube Video

These are two of the fastest and easiest methods of quickly creating a GIF from a YouTube video, but there are quite a few other options available. You'll find both downloadable GIF creators and websites that will let you create a GIF using YouTube or any other videos. Many of them are free, and some are just as easy to use as these two examples.