So you’ve just finished your video and uploaded it to Vimeo. Now you want to pull out a segment to share easily and make it a GIF —or jif, however you pronounce it. Well fear not meme lords, we’re here to help.
Turn videos into GIFs in a flash
It used to be that you could only make GIFs in photoshop. Those days are no more! In fact, Vimeo’s own interface makes GIF creation a total breeze — with GIPHY and Adobe Premiere remaining solid creation options, as well. Now let’s GIF going. (Get it?)
GIFs are an excellent way to convey information quickly and easily — like tasty memes, strong Powerpoint presentations, or sneak peek vibes — without having to link or embed a full video. They play and loop automatically so you won’t be breaking the flow of your video just by needing someone to press play on a video.
GIFs are excellent tools for tutorials and education graphics, perfect for everything from presentation decks to blogs.
And in our current tech climate, videos are currently not embeddable in emails. So, if you want to reach all of your fans, but aren’t able to drop your video in your mass email, GIFs are a great way to reach lots of people. (You can see how to do that right here.)
Now, here’s how you can do it yourself, right from your Vimeo account!
How to make a GIF with Vimeo
First, let’s make sure you’ve got a video uploaded to your Vimeo account. All set? Let’s jump in.
Step 1: Head to your Advanced settings
Once you’ve clicked into the clip page for the video you’d like to GIF, select “Advanced” from the right sidebar. From there, click the “Create a GIF” button to jump into your GIF editor.
Step 2: Make your GIF
Select the start and end time of your GIF from your video timeline — it can be up to six seconds. Once you’ve picked the correct time range, click “Create.”
Step 3: Export or embed
Your GIF is now created! From here, you can download for future use and share anywhere. (Or you can generate an email platform-specific embed code that’ll make embedding as easy as a simple copy + paste!)
How to make a GIF in Photoshop
An oldie but a goodie, let’s dive into the process for making GIFs in Photoshop. (You can review the official Adobe guide here.)
Step 1: Convert your video to layers
To start, you’re gonna need to break your video down to its individual parts. Go to “File > Import > Video frames to layers,” then select and open the video file you’d like to us. Hit “OK” to convert your video frames into one layered file.
Step 2: Head to your timeline
Now that that’s done, navigate to “Window > Timeline” to open the Timeline panel. From there, click the arrow in the middle of the panel and click “Create Frame Animation.”
Step 3: Make frames from your layers
Head up to your Timeline menu, then hit “Make Frames from Layers.” This will convert all of the layers you’ve broken out into individual frames. You can click the “Play” button at the bottom of your Timeline panel to preview this animation, and make sure everything looks tip-top.
Step 4: Set up your loop
Don’t forget this step: select the “Repeat” menu in the Timeline panel, then tap “Forever.” This will create your endlessly looping GIF!
Step 5: Export your GIF
You’re almost done! Head to “File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy).” From there:
- Select “GIF 128 Dithered” from the Presets menu
- Choose “256” from the Colors menu
- Select “Forever” from the Looping Options menu
Once you’ve previewed your GIF and like the looks of it, hit “Save” and select a download destination to finish up.
How to make a GIF with Adobe Premiere
Adobe Premiere heads, this one’s for you. Here’s how to make a GIF in four easy steps.
Step 1: Edit in your timeline
Drop your video clip in a timeline. Edit however you wish, and then lock it between some In and Out points.
Step 2: Prepare to export
Make sure you’re clicked into the video timeline, and prepare to export the file as you would a video: “File > Export > Media”.
Step 3: Adjust your settings
Now with that window open, select “Animated GIF” from the “Format” dropdown menu. Name your file, add its destination, and change any video settings.
(Note: Larger resolutions and longer length GIFs may have some issues when being exported or embedded. To avoid this, try to keep your GIF short and sweet.)
Step 4: Export
Now just click “Export!” You can also hit “Queue” and send it to Media encoder, which has the same animated GIF option as well.
Video by Jennifer Arfi.
How to make a GIF with GIPHY
We also have an extra-convenient partnership with Giphy that you can utilize right from Vimeo. With this integration, you can convert your Vimeo videos instantly into GIFs and share them widely.
Step 1: Upload and “Create”
First, head to Giphy’s website or app and tap “Create.” You can directly paste in your Vimeo video link into this field. Note: you’ll need to make sure your video settings allow downloads for this to work. Once you’ve selected that, you’re good to go.
Step 2: Trim your video
Select the duration of your GIF and what section of you video you’d like to loop, using the sliders. Then hit “Continue to decorate.”
From there, you can add any text of your choosing, with options to customize both the style and the animation of the text. Once you like how it looks, tap “Continue to upload.”
Step 3: Add a source link and tags
For better discovery within the GIPHY site and to make sure you’ve got proper sourcing, drop in the URL of your original video and tag with any relevant terms.
Step 4: Upload to GIPHY
Once done, hit “upload to GIPHY.” Now you have a shiny new GIF! You can either copy the embed code, download it directly, or share with others via social.