GifCam – The Easiest Way To Make Animated GIFs Ever [Windows]

Justin Pot 01-05-2013

how to make an animated gifQuickly make an animated GIF of anything. GifCam is a free, portable app for Windows that provides you with a simple frame. Resize and position it, then hit record – everything that happens within that frame will be recorded. It’s the easiest way to create your own GIF of just about anything — from desktop demonstrations to clips from any video, online or off. If you love creating GIFs, but wish the process was quicker, you need to check this app out.


The animated GIF just might be older than you – it’s been around since 1987, and really took off in the early days of the web. It declined at the end of the 90’s, and to some it’s an obsolete way to show animations online – but you wouldn’t know that to look at the web today. Animated GIFs are everywhere. From the endless scrolling of Tumblr to reaction shots on Reddit, GIFs are probably seen by more humans today than any point in their history. Even Twitter’s Vine Twitter Is Killing Off Vine: Here's Where to Go Instead The first thing you're probably going to want to do is save your Vine videos. There are several ways to do this. Read More seems to be inspired by the prevalence of GIFs – short, looping videos with no sound.

We’ve shown you 6 places to create amazing, memeworthy GIF animations 6 Places to Create Amazing Meme-Worthy GIF Animations For some reason, animated GIFs have become all the rage. At first, I couldn’t understand what was so appealing about these silent video wannabes. Later on, I gave in a little and admitted that while... Read More . We showed you how to make GIFs using GIMP How to Make an Animated GIF Image with GIMP Read More or using Photoshop A Quick Photoshop Tutorial For Creating Animated GIFs Let’s check out how to use Photoshop to create a quick GIF animation. These simple steps are easy to follow, even for beginners. Read More . These methods work, but all require you to do a lot of the work yourself.

GifCam, on the other hand, could not be easier: just set up the frame where you want it and hit record. Your mouse will work within it, just as before, meaning you could use this to add quick demonstrations to documents – but you could just as easily use this app to make GIFs of scenes from your favorite online videos or even TV shows. The only limitation is “things you can see on your computer screen” (or, if you’re in Windows 8, “things you can use in Desktop mode”).

Making GIFs The Easy Way

GifCam looks like any other window – except you can see through it. Think of the window as the frame of your virtual video camera – one you can resize and move however you like.

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You can use this to record just about anything. Your favorite YouTube video. Yourself playing video games. Or highlights from a hockey game.

how to make animated gif

It’s just an idea, of course – you could just as easily use it to record a light-switch rave.

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(Of course, The Cheat shouldn’t be doing that – we had that light-switch installed so he could turn the lights on and off, not so he could throw light-switch raves.)

You get the idea – position the window over what you want to record, then record it. Once you’ve made your recording you may want to make changes. For example: you may have recorded too much, and want to remove some frames so you can get the perfect loop. Making GIFs, after all, is an art – one you respect. You want to get this right.

Don’t worry, it’s easy: just hit edit. You’ll be able to scroll through all of the recorded frames and delete whatever you want.

how to make animated gif


Scroll to the right to see more frames, then right-click any you want to edit. As you see above: you can even delete every image before your after the one you’ve selected. This makes the process quick, and you’ll have your ideal GIF in no time.

You can also save space by applying color limitations. Click the arrow beside the “Save” button to see that option:

how to make animated gif

Once you’ve adjusted everything to be just right you can save your GIF. Congratulations: you’ve brought a new GIF into the world. Treat it kindly, spread it widely.


Download GifCam

Want to try this out? Check out this blog post at It outlines the creator’s usage for the app, using (of course) animated gifs to demonstrate everything.

As for me, I used this to capture John from You know I’m a fan of Crash Course US History Crash Course: Entertaining YouTube Courses On History & Biology Stop watching the same old crap on YouTube. Check out this great set of history and biology lessons instead. They're hilarious, engaging, entertaining and enlightening, all at once. I promise you, they're not boring and... Read More being shocked, because that’s something I feel like the Internet needs a GIF of.

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You’re welcome.

What are you GIFing with GifCam? Share links in the comments below, because there is basically no point to reviewing this app if I don’t get some GIFs out of the deal. I’m looking forward to checking out your creations…and might contribute a few of my own. Let’s do this!

Related topics: Computer Animation, GIF, Image Editor, Portable App.

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  1. Joel
    June 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    nice app

    but if create 30 seconds gif, a error shows "insufficient memory".
    Who knows the solution?


  2. Charlene Fitzgerald
    May 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    My life is now complete.

    • Justin Pot
      May 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      GIFs or it didn't happen...

  3. learnwithnet
    May 3, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    i will try this software for sure, thanks for sharing

  4. Onaje Asheber
    May 2, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    That guy the chair, Nice! I am going to try out the software. Thanks for the Info, Justin.

  5. k odu
    May 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    It`s worth trying. I am trying to see how one can be creative about it. May be use it to make a short film and who knows make some money. Only this can be my motivation.

  6. Nevzat A
    May 2, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I like those funny GIF's, just as most things, too much of a good thing is harmful :) It's good when taken in proper dose. :)