Making GIF with Gimp (from videos)

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Making GIF with Gimp (from videos)

Postby Xenokite » Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:02 pm

What it is: GIMP is a free, open source photo editor that aims to have feature parity with Photoshop. While it falls short in some areas, it's easily one of the most powerful, versatile editing suites you can get without paying money.P

Who it's for: Windows, Mac, and Linux users who don't want to shell out a bunch of cash for Photoshop. P

How it works: To make GIFs with GIMP, you're going to need both GIMP itself as well as the GIMP Animation Package (or GIMP GAP, for those who like recursive acronyms). You can also find a pre-compiled version of the Windows binary for GAP 2.6 here.P

First, you'll need to get a video file of the scene you want to make a GIF out of, preferably in an MP4 format, though most formats that VLC can play will work (MKVs do cause some artifacting which could be difficult to work around, though).P

To pull just the section of the video you want to make a GIF out of:P

Open the video in VLC.
Under View, select "Advanced controls".
Position the playhead about 5-10 seconds before the action you want to record.
Press the red Record button.
Press play on the video.
When you've finished recording the action, press the record button again.
You now have a clip containing just the action you want in your Videos library!
Now that you have the clip you need, it's time to make that GIF! We'll cover the basics of creating a GIF from the video, but once it's in GIMP, there's no limit to what you can do with the video.P

To create a GIF from a video file, you can first trim the video down using the same method VLC method described above. From there:P

Open GIMP. Click Video > Split Video into Frames > Extract Videorange.
Open the video file you created earlier.
Click "Video Range" to preview the video you're importing.
Scrub through the video preview to find the first and last frames of the selection you want.
Enter the first frame number from the preview panel into "From Frame" on the right. Place the last frame number in the "To Frame" box below it.
Ensure that "Create only one multilayer image" is checked. Click OK. This will create a new file window with your animation in it.
(Optional) You can use GIMP to do any editing here, if you're proficient with the app. When you're ready to export, move on.
Select File > Export As.
Navigate to the folder you want to output to. Give the file a name appended with .gif at the end.
Ensure "Loop Forever" is checked. Click "Export."
And you're done! This method may take a little extra work simply because, for the unfamiliar, GIMP's interface can be a bit troublesome, but if you're on a Mac or Linux machine, GIMP is right there by your side.P

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