Enjoy making GIF files? You’re sure to enjoy the new online service provided by Imgur that allows you to create awesome GIF animations. Image and video host Imgur has released a super simple and handy GIF tool with which you can convert GIF files to a new format known as GIFV in a jiffy. With this conversion tool, it has revolutionized the GIF.
GIFV files provide a much higher quality video at a fraction of the size, hence load faster, but they aren’t as easy to share as a normal GIF. You need the right embed code to put one on a website, and anyone who’s not comfortable with HTML is surely going to find it difficult to send these over email. However, these clips work well on Imgur itself. Imgur says the tool is compatible with more than 500 video sites, including YouTube, Vimeo, and Vine.
Implementation of this tool could not be easier, simply Copy the link to your chosen video (no larger than 1GB) and paste it into the Imgur input field. Click or drag on the timeline to set your starting point, and then drag the other end to adjust the total runtime. GIFs can only be 15 seconds in length. Add a text subtitle if you want. Tap “Create GIF,” Let Imgur process for a bit and there you are your very own moving picture.
However, there are a couple of things to work on at this point. Video to GIF is currently only available on the desktop site and there is no report of it is available for mobile users. There appear to be very little user options on whether or not to convert your file to a GIF or the new GIFV. Also the service might come across as advanced for users not too comfortable with HTML.
Founded in 2009 by Alan Schaaf in his Ohio university dorm room as a simple platform to share images online, Imgur claims to have 100 million visitors each month and 1.5 million images uploaded each day. It is currently ranked one of the top 50 largest websites worldwide.
YouTube had also launched its own GIF creator in December however Imgur’s tool happens to be of better-quality and a more lightweight format. Moreover, it is simpler and easier to use. It doesn’t require knowledge of software tools or expertise in apps like Photoshop.
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