Create an Animated GIF Video

  1. Open a video capture or click to select a video from the Recent Captures Tray.
  2. To select the portion of the video to use for the Animated GIF, drag the start or end handle on the timeline.

    Drag handle

    TIP: Keep it Short!

    It is recommended to select a segment less than 30 seconds.

  3. Drag the playhead to a location within the selection. Click the Play button to preview the selection.
  4. Continue to make edits using start and end handles until you are satisfied with the selection.
  5. Click the Create Animated GIF button.
  6. The Create GIF dialog appears. Select an Optimize For option:
    • Screen Video (Default): Select this option if the video contains screen recording.
    • High Motion Video: Select this option if the video contains real world video or games.
    • Custom: Select this option if you want to customize the settings. See Custom GIF Settings.
  7. Click the Create button.

Snagit produces the Animated GIF file and adds it to the beginning of the Recent Captures Tray.

Custom GIF Settings

SettingDescription
Frame Rate Number of frames per second. A higher frame rate produces smoother video playback and can result in larger file sizes.
Dimensions (unit) Select the unit to display the width and height dimensions.
Dimensions (Width and Height) Enter the width and height dimensions for the Animated GIF file. Decreasing the dimensions can result in lower file sizes for the Animated GIF.
Lock Aspect Ratio

It is recommended to lock the aspect ratio, the ratio of the width to the height of a video.

Unlocking the aspect ratio may result in skewed or blurry video content.

Enable Dithering

Enable Dithering to prevent color banding and to produce smoother video content. Dithering can result in larger file sizes.

Looping

If looping is enabled, the Animated GIF plays back on a continuous loop.

If looping is disabled, the Animated GIF plays until the end of the video.

Dynamic Colors

This option is recommended for most videos. Enabling this option can result in increased file sizes.

If you need to decrease the file size, you may consider disabling this option for videos with low color variation.

Fade to Black

Add a transition to the end of the Animated GIF to fade the last frame to black.

 

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