The GIF ( Graphics Interchange Format ) format is a graphic file format created in 1987 that is commonly used on the Internet. Created by the CompuServe company to give colour to some of its work tools, it is a format without loss of quality that accepts up to 256 colours and that 1998 was released to the general public after the purchase of AOL the owner company and the expiration of the patent. Its use spread on the Internet because of the reproduction, creation and sharing facilities it offered and because Netscape, the main browser of the time, was compatible with it. In 2012, the Oxford dictionary collected the word giving GIFs its own entity.
Sometimes technical reasons are not enough to cause the death of a format, this is what happened with GIF. It has become a very popular format thanks to social networks and messaging apps, where it has found an important space as an alternative form of expression.
How to Create a GIF From Your Computer
There are a thousand different ways to create a GIF with a PC. They can be done with Photoshop, After Effects, GIMP, with video editors, with programs specifically developed with that function in mind … The possibilities are vast, and it all depends exactly on how elaborate you want it to be. If you want a well-worked GIF, you may want to opt for Photoshop or After Effects, the more complex options. If your idea is to get something faster that does not require much work and great knowledge in editing, your thing is that you use some of the existing programs to create GIFs in a specific way such as Instagiffer.
Instagiffer is a GIF file generator that can use both local videos that you have on your computer and online video, as it includes its own download manager for these cases (although it doesn’t work very well, to be honest). It also allows you to generate GIFs from images and even capture the PC screen. All you have to do to create your GIF file is the following.
Load the video or enter the web address where it is hosted if it is an online video at the top of the interface by clicking on Load Video. Of course, we have already warned you that the issue of online videos does not work at all well, so it will be a good idea to go through our list of best programs to download videos in Windows, where you can find many options to download videos From which to take your GIFs and then import them into Instagiffer, the perfect solution so that they never fail.
In the event that you want to use images, you must import them in the same way, but to add the rest you will have to go to the menu Frame> Import Frame to place the new images one after another (in this case, be careful to import images the same size if you want to achieve a good end-result). If what you want is to capture the screen, click on Capture Screen at the top, define the size of the image to capture and start recording.
Once loaded, you can preview the first frame on the right side of the interface. Now it’s a matter of playing with the controls on the left. You can first define the starting point of the GIF using the slider or the time boxes to define hours, minutes or seconds. You can also adjust the duration. The Smoothness control allows you to define the framerate of the GIF. The higher the value, the more frames it will include, which allows it to have higher quality at the cost of taking up more space. The Frame Size control in turn allows you to change the size of the frames: as before, the larger they are, the more the final file will weigh. In Quality you can adjust the intensity of the colours, Brightness will allow you to adjust the brightness (this control does not increase the size of the final GIF file in general) and Playback Rate allows you to speed up or slow down the playback of the frames.
The Caption option allows you to add all kinds of texts to the GIF, including of course input and output adjustments throughout the duration of the clip.
The last option available is to crop the GIF and modify its size, which you can do by dragging and dropping the red frame that the frame has in the preview window on the right.
Once all the settings have been made, click on Create GIF! to generate the final file. After a few seconds, a pop-up window will show you the final result and the path where the file has been saved. By the way! Make sure you have the Social Media Warnings option checked in Settings, that way the software will warn you every time you create a GIF that is not compatible with any popular social network.