How to Create Animated Gifs from Images & Video

Jorge Sierra 03-03-2009

how to create animated gifsgifninja is a website that lets you create animated gifs quickly and easily.  You can either create an animated gif from individual images or by uploading a video. gifninja also provides you with a nice utility to split an animated gif into separate images.


Convert video to animated gif

To convert a video to an animated gif, you first need to make sure that you make the video as short as possible. You can do this with one of many online video editing tools 18 Online Tools to Edit, Mix and Enhance your Videos Read More or with Windows Movie Maker (if you are on Windows of course).  According to gifninja, the video file has to be about 4 seconds long, so you should try to shorten it to about that length.

Once you’ve edited your movie and cut it down to size, visit the page to convert your video to gif. Click the Browse button, navigate to where your video file is, and select it. If you wish, you can make your picture available to the public and available to be rated. Then just click on make my gif!

convert video to animated gif

Make animated gifs from images

If you have a series of images you wish to animate, you can make an animated gif from images. You can upload the files individually (up to five) or you can zip them up and upload them in a single file. If you choose to upload them as a zip, you will have to append numbers to the filenames in the sequence of the animation (car1.jpg, car2.jpg, car3.jpg, etc”¦).

Selecting the file(s) to upload is very much the same as uploading a video. However, there is an additional option to set the speed of the animation. There is a preview of an animated dog that demonstrates the selected speed. But don’t worry, if you’re not happy with the speed of the animation after you’ve uploaded it, you can adjust it later.


make animated gifs from images

After you click the make my gif! button, you are taken to a preview page.  The preview page allows you to keep the image as it is, adjust the speed, or start all over again.  Once you have the animation set to the desired speed, click Yes – it’s fantastic! to proceed to the next step.

how to create animated gif files

After you’ve selected the desired speed for your animation, you select the filename for your animated gif.  Again, you can make the image publicly available if you wish.  You can also enter the filename for the image as well as tags to help other people find your image.  Once you have everything set the way you want, click the Save gif button.


Gifninja also has a cool feature to [NO LONGER WORKS] split animated images into separate images.  Just upload the file and click the split my gif! button.  The individual images will appear right on the page.  You can also download all the images at once with a zip file generated by gifninja.

gifninja could hardly make it easier to create animated gifs online. What other free online and offline tools do you use to create animated gifs?

Related topics: Computer Animation, GIF, Image Editor.

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  1. Rufus Goodstein
    December 4, 2016 at 2:25 am


  2. Missa Spear
    November 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    This is simple. If you want more advanced controls on timing and options for making gif from images and videos, use this -

  3. weGIF
    November 20, 2009 at 10:46 am

    The site is helpful for those who wants to make their animated pictures with great satisfaction. I can say that you can find here a friendly and easy way of making picture animation. ( Gif Photo Animation suggest the Amazing Wegif photo animation software that creates your desired animated pictures.

  4. Animated Pictures
    November 6, 2009 at 2:29 am

    You can create Animated Pictures online using web based photo animation software like wegif.

  5. Nick!
    March 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for putting up a link to the site :)

    We were the first video to .gif tool on the net and it sure does feel good to get a nod :)

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      March 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm

      And this article was just linked from so it looks like you will be getting a lot more 'Nods' Nick! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Dave
    March 3, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    By the way, Irfanview freeware image viewer is great and can also extract the frames from a GIF, i use it all the time.
    Also, 'Animator9' is freeware and freestanding and can create animated gifs and so can freeware 'Benneton Movie GIF' but it has an input image size limit of 720 accross x 500 high so you have to resize before using sometimes.

  7. editorjackie
    March 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    OH MY! Thanks! (scraps and bows) I can use this. Basically gif making for dummies like me! : )

  8. Nakodari
    March 3, 2009 at 11:10 am

    In my opinion converting a 4sec video into gif animation is kind of pointless. If you are looking to convert a full video into gif animation, check this out