Everyone loves animated GIFs. In the early days of the Internet, when we were all stuck with 56K connections, GIFs were one of the only ways to watch things with movement without having to wait hours on end for videos to buffer. Even today, they still serve an important purpose. After a major UFC event, one of the first things I do is watch GIFs of some of the crazy techniques over and over while at work.
Now, with GifBoom you can easily create your own custom GIF images right on your iPhone. Did your friend do something stupid that you would like to see in motion? Did your dog do something cute that you want immortalized in GIF form? Perhaps you saw something funny that you think would be great shared on the Internet? Fear not, GifBoom has you covered.
Setting up the app is a breeze. First, head over to the app store and download the
free application (editor’s note – this app is now 99 cents).
Since GifBoom is basically a GIF sharing social network, you do have to make an account to use the service. Setting up an account is super easy and only takes about 30 seconds. Just click sign up at the bottom of the screen, enter a username, email and password, and you will be ready to start producing your very own animated GIFs.
Using The App
Once you have your account all ready to go, it is time to start making some GIFs. You can either choose a video, a bunch of pictures, or use the camera in the app to rapid fire images to make your new animated GIF.
If you choose to go with a video on your phone, the app will process the video and break it down into a bunch of still images that will go on to become your GIF. You are allowed 16 images, so look through the video and find which images you would like to string together into an animation. If you choose to go with photos on your phone, the app will open your photo library and, just like with videos, you choose up to 16 images for your GIF.
After you select the images, the app will show you a preview and ask you to choose a frame-rate. Move the slider up and down until the GIF looks like the speed you want and click “next.” On the next screen you are given the option to enter a caption for your newly crafted GIF. This screen is also where you choose where you would like to share the image. They have Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Email, and sharing via MMS. MMS sharing copies the image to your clipboard for later pasting. Sharing is easy; just turn the slider on for whatever service you wish to share with and enter your username and password. Wait a few seconds for the application to upload the GIF and you will be good to go.
The process for making a GIF with new pictures is a little different from the other two, but still easy. You choose the frame rate before you start filming. This will determine how long the GIF is. It is still only 16 images, so obviously the faster the frame-rate, the shorter the GIF will be. Once you finish filming the GIF, the process for sharing it is the same as before.
All of your animated GIFs are stored on your phone, and on their server. To access a GIF for later, simply go to your profile, click on the GIF in question and click the three dots on the bottom right of the screen. The pop up menu will give you the option to copy the GIFs URL.
You can also copy your created GIFs to a computer, but not through the photo syncing feature since the Photo App on iPhone does not support animated GIFs. You simply connect your device to your computer and use iTunes file sharing to copy the images from your phone to your computer. For complete directions on iTunes file sharing check out this article.
GifBoom is a really cool app for turning your boring old photos and videos into nice animated GIFs and then easily sharing those GIF images with all your friends. If you are looking for an easy way to create GIFs while on the move I think this app is the way to go.
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Do you still love animated GIFs? Have you tried any mobile GIF creation apps? Let us know in the comments.