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How to Make a GIF from a Video File Using GIMP


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How to Make a GIF from a Video File Using GIMP

  1. 1. How to Make a GIF from a Video File using GIMP<br />Ulysses<br />
  2. 2. This is a guide on how to make a GIF from an MP4 video file using GIMP 2.6.8 for Windows. The final GIF image will play a loop of the selected video clip.<br />This is an example of what a the image will look like and the clip we’ll use for the tutorial.<br />
  3. 3. What is GIMP?<br />The GIMP (the GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free software raster graphics editor. It can be used for image retouching and editing and freeform drawing. It is similar to Photoshop and is simple to use.<br />
  4. 4. Prerequisites <br />To use this guide you need to be familiar with the basics of mouse operation and navigating standard Windows interface objects such as menus, windows, dialog boxes, and toolbars.<br />
  5. 5. Equipment and Supplies<br />GIMP 2.6.8 (can be downloaded at<br />Short video clip ([download link])<br />
  6. 6. Before you begin…<br />For this specific task, you’ll need to download and install GIMP and the GIMP Animation Package (GAP) before being able to work on your animated image.<br />You can either download and install GAP manually from the GIMP website or download an executable file that installs it for you at<br />
  7. 7. Before we begin…<br />The video file must be in MP4 format.<br />It is better and faster to work with a shorter video, so try to make a short clip from the original video.<br />You can use the entire video if you cannot make it shorter. It will just take longer to search for the specific frames you want to use.<br />
  8. 8. Make a folder for frames<br />Right click and select New -> Folder<br />Name it ‘Frames’<br />This is where the video frames will be stored<br />
  9. 9. Open up the GIMP<br />It may take a minute to load the first time.<br />It should load quickly after that.<br />
  10. 10. Select Extract Videorange<br />Open the Video menu, highlight Split Video into Frames, and selectExtract Videorange.<br />This brings up the ‘Extract Videorange’ window.<br />
  11. 11. Click on the ellipsis button<br />Click on the ellipsis button at the end of the Videofilename line.<br />This will bring up the ‘Select input videofile’ window.<br />
  12. 12. Select your video clip<br />Look for your video clip in the ‘Select input videofile’ window.<br />Select it and click OK<br />
  13. 13. Make sure you chose your video<br />Make sure your video clip is on the Videofilename line.<br />
  14. 14. Click on the Video Range button<br />Click on the Video Range button; this will bring up a tool to select the first and last frame for your GIF.<br />
  15. 15. NOTE: Index<br />You’ll be asked if you want to create an index to quickly access the video’s frames.<br />It is advisable you make an index if using a long video.<br />It may take a minute, but it’ll be less work for your computer.<br />
  16. 16. Scroll on the timeline<br />Scroll on the timeline to find the first frame you want for the image.<br />
  17. 17. NOTE: Scrolling<br />You can navigate through the frames using the scrollbar, the buttons over the scrollbar, or by setting a number next to the ‘Frame’ and ‘Nr’ button.<br />
  18. 18. Set the From Frame<br />Set the ‘From Frame’ to the desired first frame.<br />
  19. 19. Set the To Frame<br />Set the ‘To Frame’ to the desired last frame.<br />
  20. 20. Check Loop and selection options<br />Check the Play selection only and Loop options.<br />This is so that it only plays back the selected range.<br />Use play and pause buttons at the bottom to trigger playback<br />
  21. 21. Set the Audiotrack to zero<br />Set the Audiotrack to zero (0).<br />This is to extract no audio.<br />
  22. 22. Click on the ellipsis button<br />Click on the ellipsis button at the end of the Basename line.<br />This will open the ‘Select basename for frame(s)’ window.<br />
  23. 23. Select the Frames folder<br />Look for the Frames folder you created earlier.<br />Once you’ve found it on the ‘Select basename for frame(s)’ window, selectit and click OK.<br />
  24. 24. Be sure to have the right settings<br />Make sure your Frames folder is in the Basename line.<br />Make sure the Audiotrack is set to zero.<br />Make sure your video is on the Videofilename line.<br />
  25. 25. Be sure to have the right settings<br />Make sure the From Frame and To Frame are the first and last frames you want.<br />Make sure everything is correct before clicking OK.<br />Clicking OK will create a GIMP project.<br />
  26. 26. Select Frames to Image<br />Select Frames to Image from the Video menu.<br />This will open the ‘Frames to Image’ window.<br />
  27. 27. Select first and last frame<br />Select first frame on From Frame; select last frame on To Frame, and click OK.<br />This will create a GIMP project using the selected frames as layers.<br />
  28. 28. Select Playback<br />Open the Filters menu, highlight Animation, and select Playback.<br />This will bring up a playback window where you can preview your GIF.<br />
  29. 29. Preview your GIF<br />Press Play and make sure the clip is the desired length and speed.<br />Close playback window.<br />
  30. 30. Select Scale Image<br />Select Scale Image from the Image menu.<br />This will bring up a ‘Scale Image’ window.<br />
  31. 31. Make your image smaller<br />Select a smaller size using the width and height figures and click the Scale button.<br />You want to be sure it’s a fairly small image because GIFs are large files.<br />
  32. 32. Select Save As…<br />Select Save As… from the File menu.<br />
  33. 33. Select a location<br />Select a location to save your image.<br />This screenshot shows that I’m saving to the Desktop.<br />
  34. 34. Save as a .GIF<br />Rename your file and save it as a GIF.<br />To save as a GIF, simply add .gif after your file name.<br />Click Save<br />This will bring up the ‘Export File’ window.<br />
  35. 35. Select the Save as Animation option<br />Select the Save as Animation option and click the Exportbutton on the Export File window.<br />This will bring up the ‘Save as GIF’ window.<br />
  36. 36. Save as GIF<br />Leave everything as is on the Save as GIF window.<br />Click Save<br />
  37. 37. Play your GIF using Quick Time<br />Locate your saved GIF and play it using Quick Time.<br />
  38. 38. Close GIMP windows<br />If you plan on making more GIFs this way, place the ‘Frames’ folder in a permanent location, and simply overwrite the frames every time you extract video frames into the folder.<br />Delete the Frames folder and close the GIMP windows.<br />There’s no need to save, since your GIF has been created (but you may).<br />
  39. 39. Make your own<br />Now that you have used the GIMP to make a GIF, you will become more familiarized with the program. You can now make moving images out of your own videos.<br />