Android tutorial: how to create GIFs from video files

Android tutorial: how to create GIFs from video files
Popularized in a time when Web forums and message boards were all the rage, GIFs are now just so much more than the online video's primitive cousin, they are a means of expression in the online environment. Today, all of the big social networks come with GIF support, now that Facebook has finally jumped on the GIF bandwagon.

On the PC or Mac, there are many ways to create GIF from video files. But what if you want to crop a video and turn it into a funny GIF on your Android smartphone and tablet?

Until recently, most of the apps that could do this were riddled with bugs and device compatibility issues. Fortunately, this is all a thing of the past now, as several apps offer this kind of functionality without major stability issues.

In what follows, we'll show you how to create a GIF from a video using GIF Me Camera. The free version of the app will suffice for basic needs, but you'll need to unlock the full version to be able to go into a bit more detail.

Step 1. Go to the Play Store and download GIF Me Camera. When you run the app, the side menu will pop out in the left. To close it, tap somewhere in the right-hand side of the screen.

Step 2. To create a GIF, we need a source. GIF Me Camera allows us to snap a new video using the camera, import an existing GIF, or create a GIF from an existing video file. We'll choose the last option, since we've already downloaded a small little clip on our device. You can choose to create a GIF from the camera if you want to.

Step 3. Once we've selected the video, the app goes to a setting screen. Here, we can choose the start point and the end point of the GIF. Do note that GIFs usually only last for a few seconds before looping all over again, so make sure to strip the video down to the interesting part.

At this point, we can also choose the frame rate and the size of the GIF. A 1920 x 1080 pixels GIF file will eat up a lot of memory and will also take a long while to process.

Step 4. Once you've tweaked the settings to your liking, hit the Create button in the top right corner. GIF Me Camera will now process the video, crop it, and turn it into a GIF.

Step 5. Once the processing is done, head on back to the app's home screen and tap the album button. The new GIF will be listed in this gallery.

Step 6. To share your new GIF, tap it, press the arrow symbol in the bottom right corner, then choose the app you want to share it with.


There you go! Now you know how to create a GIF from any video file on your Android smartphones or tablet. Easy, huh?

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8 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

These kinds of little things (and many more) make Android a joy to use.

2. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

True. You have the freedom to do almost anything, you just have to find the right app though.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

I wish iOS had this, at least one app in the App Store.

6. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Well you've got 2 options: either stay misreable with your iOS, or become smart to switch to Android!

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Dude, do you think I didn't weigh all three platforms... I chose iOS, and keep choosing not because I'm too cheap to sink a few bucks into new Android or Windows Apps - but because Android is a mess compared to iOS, it's unorganized, rouge, and unpredictable (you may like that), but I need a tool I can use that responds exactly how I expect it, when I expect it. Call me whatever you want - but you only care about changing fonts and icons - and couldn't care less about "customization" other than avoid dealing with bloatware clutter, I need app permissions, and ability to track my kids, among many things... FYI, I was sarcastic: there are hundred apps to convert video to GIFs, images to GIFs, make live GIFs and edit GIFs....

7. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

It does have,download 5SecondsApp.

3. Obádárà

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... This is why I will always choose android over the other craps...

4. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

TouchWiz also does this GIF stuff!

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