Are you wondering how to make a looping GIF from video files? For that matter, why convert video to looping GIF when video is a better format for most social platforms? The biggest reason is that a looping GIF is eye-catching and more entertaining. Also, the looping effect makes it much funnier than a simple video playing just once.

Whatever your reason, there are several great options to make a looping GIF from a video file in 2021. Here are the 6 best ways to make looping GIFs from videos using some powerful and versatile tools.

Part 1. Use a Desktop Video Editor like iMyFone Filme - 3 GIF Sources

If you want the best way for how to make a looping GIF from a video, then iMyFone Filme what you need. Filme is a premium video editor that anybody can use because it's so intuitive. You don't have to be a professional, but it also comes with pro-level tools like timeline editing, filters, transitions, animation, text captions, and other effects.

  • Import and Export media directly from your mobile device, which sets it apart from the rest of the crowd of video editors

  • Record your screen and audio (screencast with audio) right from your device and turn it into a GIF

  • Use Fast Video Mode to create eye-catching video slideshows in just a few seconds

  • Apply a range of effects and filters to make your videos pop before converting them to GIF

  • Easy-to-use tools like crop, trim, split, change speed, alter brightness/contrast/white balance, rotate, reverse, etc. to make your GIFs look more professional

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Filme is flexible enough to allow you to choose your video source, which gives you even more freedom to express yourself via hilarious or heart-warming GIFs. Here are three methods outlined below. You can try them out once you install iMyFone Filme on your PC:

Method 1: Create a Looping GIF from Videos Imported from Your Phone

Filme is flexible enough to allow you to choose your video source, which gives you even more freedom to express yourself via hilarious or heart-warming GIFs. Here are three methods outlined below. You can try them out once you install iMyFone Filme on your PC:

Step 1: Import the media using the corresponding option

Filme import media

Step 2: Drag it from the media library to the timeline editor or right-click the thumbnail for Add options

Filme add to timeline

Step 3: Trim the video to a shorter size using the handlebars on either side of the clip

Filme trim video

Step 4: Use the crop tool to cut out extra parts of the video scene

Filme crop video

Step 5: To choose a section of the video clip, put the playhead at the beginning of the section and click on the scissors icon - same thing for the end of the section

Filme adjust playhead

Step 6: For further editing, click the Edit icon or right-click the clip and choose Edit - make changes like rotate, offset, aspect ratio, color balance, contrast, etc.

Filme more editing

Finally, hit Export and choose GIF as the output

Source 2: Record your Screen and Make a Funny, Eye-catching Looping GIF

Another way to make a looping GIF in iMyFone Filme is to record your screen (and audio, if you want to) using the newly-available screencast function. Once you record the video and save it, the file will be available in your media directory on the top left panel.

As before, you can drag it to the timeline and edit it to match what you had in mind. If you need to add effects, filters, or transitions, you can use the tabbed menu on the top left, where you’ll see an Effects tab, a Transition tab, a Text tab, and an Audio tab. They contain tons of free templates, effects, text animations, and free audio tracks that you can add to your video.

After you’re done editing and are happy with the results, you can use the Export icon to get your looping GIF output file.

Source 3: Convert a Downloaded Video to GIF from YouTube and Other Social Platforms

A third way to make a looping GIF is to use a video that you already downloaded from YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, TikTok, or any other platform. To actually download the file, you can use something robust like the premium 4K Video Downloader or just a free online service like DistillVideo. Here’s how to download a video from any of those platforms using the URL:

Step 1: Copy the URL of the video from the site where you found it

Step 2: Go to the DistillVideo web page for downloading videos to MP4 and enter the URL of the video

DistillVideo

Step 3: Click Start and wait a few seconds for the processing to happen at the back end.

DistillVideo process

Step 4: Click Download against the resolution you want to download (720p, 360p, etc.) and save it to your local drive

When you’ve downloaded the MP4 file, you can import it by simply dragging the file into the media pane in iMyFone Filme and dropping it there. You can also use the Import icon at the top and choose the File option.

As before, you can do edits, apply effects, and so on. When you’re done, export the GIF file and use it for your social media

Part 2. Use a Photo Editor like Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is an awesome utility to handle imagery, but did you know you can also use it to create amazing looping GIFs from video files? The process is a little different because it only supports image formats, which means your video won’t be imported as a video but as individual frames or image layers. Nevertheless, no article on GIF images is complete without mentioning the most popular image editor in the world.

The Process

Step 1:?Launch the version of Adobe Photoshop you’re using and use the File menu to select the Import → Video Frames to Layers… option.

photoshop import

Step 2: Choose the video to be imported and hit OK to open a dialog box. Here, you can do various actions:

    1. Choose the entire video by leaving the default selection as it is - From Beginning to End
    2. Click the radio button for Selected Range Only and then use the trim handles to select the portion of the video that you want to import as images.
    3. You can also skip frames by choosing to import only every alternate or every third frame. Remember, the higher this number, the jerkier and less smooth your GIF will be.
    4. Finally, check the box for Make Frame Animation, which is Adobe’s term for converting a video to GIF.

Step 3: When you hit OK in the above pop-up, the video frames will be imported as image layers. That’s why it’s important to know that when editing them, make sure all the layers are selected for each edit that you do.

Step 4: For the editing part, you can use various tools like the crop tool, color adjustments, backgrounds, filter effects, and anything else that Photoshop offers. Remember, you’re just bulk-editing a bunch of images, not a video. However, also keep in mind that any effects you add will add to the file size when you take the GIF output.

Step 5: Finally, you can set the loop count by opening the timeline editor (Window → Timeline) and choosing Forever or using a different count. Hit the Play icon to see a preview of your GIF. If you need to insert a delay period between frames, use the Select All Frames option in the timeline and then choose No Delay. Anything over that will give the GIF a slow-motion effect, in case that’s what you’re looking for.

Step 6: When you’re done with all edits, use the Export option from the File menu and click on Save for Web (Legacy). This will show you the GIF export option. Click that to export the file as a GIF.

Limitations

Whether you're a Photoshop pro or a newbie to the game, there are some limitations even when using this versatile tool:

no Transitions aren't possible because you're not actually editing a video

no Special effects like dynamic animations can't be added unless you work on one frame at a time, which is very tedious work

no Similarly, text animations are extremely cumbersome to add

no Although the slow-motion effect can be brought in by using frame delays, you can't speed up the GIF

Of course, Photoshop is a great tool for animated GIFs from videos, but with so many limitations, it's much better to use a video editor like Filme because you have more options and the process itself is much faster.

Part 3. Make a Looping GIF from Video with Online Tools

There are actually tons of GIF creator tools available online where you can even insert a YouTube URL and directly convert it to GIF. We've showcased three different tools you can use for this purpose.

MakeaGIF

MakeaGIF Premium is one of the best online video to looping GIF converter platforms available in 2021. As mentioned above, all you need is a URL from YouTube and you're good to go. You can also use other video URLs, webcam footage, and even image sequences like Live Photos or Burst Photos as your source files to convert video to looping GIF. Inside, you'll see a range of settings for conversion, as outlined in the process below:

makegif

Step 1: Go to the MakeaGIF video to looping GIF converter webpage.

Step 2: Choose the right option based on your source video.

Step 3: On the next page, drag and drop your file or paste the video URL. You will be taken to the next page without any further action. If that doesn't work, click Continue to Editing.

Step 4: On the editor page, you can insert a caption, choose an alternate playing speed, choose filter presets, specify a duration or trim the video, and even add stickers. There's also a ping-pong effect that you can apply so your GIF plays back and forth in an endless loop.

Step 5: Click the Continue to Publishing button again and assign a category to your GIF. You can also add tags so people can find it easily, or you can set it to Private.

Step 6: Finally, hit the Create your GIF button to see the preview and download the GIF file. You can also directly share it to several social media sites.

Pro:

yes Useful tool for professional GIF makers or enthusiasts

yes Use it free if you don't need high-quality GIFs or fancy filters

yes Easy to share on social media after video to looping GIF creation

Limitations

no Need to upgrade to take advantage of special features and remove file size limit

no Navigation takes a little getting used to

Paid Version: Premium version at $11.95 per month

GIPHY

GIPHY has one of the largest collections of user-generated GIFs in the public domain. It also offers robust tools for video to looping GIF conversion. It's free to use the service but you will need to create a login for yourself. Once you do that, proceed as shown below:

Step 1: Click the GIF button to upload a MOV or MP4 video. If you have the URL, paste it in the section below that. The video will automatically be uploaded to the site.

giphy launch

Step 2: On the first page, select the duration of the GIF and the start time, then click Continue to Decorate.

giphy make gif

Step 3: On the next page, you can add a caption, with effects and animation settings right below that.

Step 4: There are also tabs to add stickers, filters and even draw over the video.

Step 5: When you're done editing, hit Continue to Upload. On the penultimate page, you can enter a source URL if you have one, and also add tags. Set the Public toggle button to Off if you don't want others to access the GIF. Click Upload to GIPHY and wait for the file to be made available.

giphy enter source url

Step 6: Finally, click Media, and then click Download against the second option - that's the GIF output file.

Pros

yes Direct upload from URL or local memory

yes Convenient for sharing directly to social channels

yes Free forever

Limitations

no No in-depth video editing

no Must have a login

no Finding the download option is confusing if you've not used the platform before

Paid Version Details: GIPHY is a free GIF repository so there's no paid version. Registering an account allows you to save your creations on the cloud.

Zamzar

Another completely free tool is Zamzar, a popular file conversion platform. It accepts both URLs and uploads and is an efficient tool even when using the free version. The premium plans give you a higher upload size limit and unlimited conversions, but the free version is a very simple conversion tool with no editing options.

Step 1: Go to the Zamzar video to looping GIF converter URL and click Add Files to upload the video or click the 'select link' option to paste a URL.

zamzar

Step 2: Choose the output format as 'gif' and hit Convert Now.

Step 3: Once the conversion is completed, the file will be available to download. You can also opt to get an email alert when the conversion is done.

Pros

yes Free to use

yes User-friendly interface

yes Accurate conversion with lossless quality

Limitations

no Conversions take a long time for free accounts

no 50MB limit for free users

no No GIF editing tools

Paid Version: Starts at $9 a month for Basic, up to $30 a month for Business.

Part 4. How to Make a Looping GIF of a Video on Mobile Devices

If you have an iOS or Android phone or tablet, there are several options for you to choose from. Here, we list two iOS apps and two Android apps for you to try out.

Video to GIF (iOS)

Video to GIF is a lightweight app for iOS devices that can flexibly convert local and iCloud videos to GIF in a matter of seconds. You can also shoot a video and directly convert it into a looping GIF, or even paste a YouTube URL to convert the video to a looping GIF. Here's how to use it:

Step 1: Choose an upload option on the homepage of the app.

Video to GIF upload

Step 2: Upload your video to see the first editing page, where you can set the duration and start/end times for the video.

Video to GIF duration setting

Step 3: From here, you can edit the GIF by adding stickers, changing the playback speed, rotating or reversing it, and even changing the quality of the output.

Step 4: Apart from the download option, it also generates a GIF link that you can use anywhere. In addition, it's easy to share directly to social media using the Share option at the end of the process.

Pros

yes Fast GIF creation

yes Multiple source options

yes No watermark even if you don't make the in-app purchase

Limitations

no No extensive video editing tools prior to conversion

no No HD quality - default is High

GIF Toaster (iOS)

GIF Toaster is another useful iOS video to looping GIF converter app that's easy to use. However, you'll need to download the video to your Camera Roll before converting it. Nevertheless, it allows various other upload options apart from video files.

GIF Toaster launch

Step 1: Choose the source as Video to GIF and import your video from the Camera Roll

GIF Toaster import

Step 2: Using the editing tool, you can flip the video, rotate it, add filters, change the speed, etc.

Step 3: Finally, choose the encoding options and aspect ratio and download your GIF. There's also a GIF viewer integrated into the app so you can preview your GIF after it's created.

Pros

yes Good editing options for videos

yes Use images from Live or Burst mode on iPhone to convert to GIF

yes Free for iOS users but also offers in-app purchases for extra features

Limitations

no The video should be on your local device

no Free version is missing some advanced features

GIF Maker - GIF Editor (Android)

As the name suggests, you can create as well as edit GIFs in GIF Maker - GIF Editor. It offers several video editing features as well, such as cropping and cutting. It also has a dedicated GIF file manager to help you stay organized with all the GIFs you create.

Step 1: Tap the Create New button to start the process and select From Video or From Link Video. Based on the option you pick, either select your video or paste the URL to import from.

GIF Maker - GIF Editor import

Step 2: When the video is on your screen, set the start and end times for the GIF conversion, and cut or crop the video per your requirement. Tap Apply to confirm the edits.

GIF Maker - GIF Editor edit gif

Step 3: In the next page, edit the GIF with animations, text, shapes, speed control, and other features.

Step 4: For further edits, you can add stickers, labels, and even another GIF image on top of your video.

Step 5: In the final Edit page, you can crop the video again, flip it, or rotate it. Tap Apply again.

GIF Maker - GIF Editor crop

Step 6: When you're done, Tap the Save button to download the GIF, or tap Share to send it to any connected social media account.

Pros

yes Easy and fast to use

yes Adequate video editing tools

yes No watermark is applied to output

Limitations

no No special effects like transitions between clips, etc.

no Ad-supported unless you upgrade

(Android)

GIF Maker - Video to GIF, GIF Editor is another highly-rated app on the Google Play Store for Android devices. It offers a full range of editing tools to convert videos, screen recordings, and images to looping GIFs. Features include trim, color balance, rotate, crop, filters, reverse play, boomerang, and much more.

Step 1: Import the video to be converted and go to the main Editor screen.

GIF Maker - Video to GIF, GIF Editor import

Step 2: On this screen, you'll see several options mentioned above. You can edit the video to suit your exact specifications, adding effects, cropping to a different aspect ratio, applying speed changes, adding filters, applying boomerang or reverse effect, adding stickers, and much more.

GIF Maker - Video to GIF, GIF Editor edit

Step 3: The text addition feature gives you lots of fonts and colors to pick from so your GIF is highly customized. Save all the changes and download or share the GIF.

Pros

yes Full suite of editing tools for video to looping GIF conversion

yes Slick interface with easy-to-navigate UI

yes Make highly customized GIFs and memes

Limitations

no Ads sometimes pop up unexpectedly when you're trying to tap on an editing tool

no The user must make an in-app purchase to remove ads

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

How to make eye-catchy looping videos?

Everybody wants to have their social content go viral, but few are lucky enough. The trick is to pick the right content, use the right tool to create your looping video or GIF, apply filters and effects in a tasteful manner, and put it in front of the right audience. Each of those elements is critical. Sometimes, 'cute' is better than 'touching', or 'emotional' is better than 'hilarious'. Whatever the mood of your looping video, it's a question of the right content reaching the right people. That's when it goes viral.

To make it eye-catching, there has to be something unique about your video that people don't see everyday - like a dog riding a bicycle or a cat playing the piano. Also, the video has to be shot in high resolution and at a fast frame rate so when you slow it down, crop it, or focus on a particular part of the video, it doesn't look grainy and unprofessional. A robust tool like Filme can help your looping GIFs and videos catch the audience's eye and have them glued to their screens.

How to create a gif that will auto start and loop indefinitely for Facebook and Twitter?

Animated GIFs have become so popular on social media today that nearly every platform supports it. For a GIF to play spontaneously when it's visible in the timeline, the user's setting will need to have Auto-play toggled to the On position. Even if the GIF auto-plays, the audio will often be muted, but users can change these settings as well. If you look at platforms like Google search, you'll see that animated GIFs aren't dynamic by default. They will have the word 'GIF' inside a white circle to show people they are looping GIFs. If the user clicks on them, the animation will begin. To make sure your animated GIF plays automatically and loops indefinitely, it's better to upload it to a site like GIPHY and then copy-paste the URL into Facebook or Twitter.

Is there any open source method to turn a video into a looping GIF?

Yes, you can definitely do this using ffmpeg, which is a command-line suite of software tools to manipulate video and image files. It requires some command-line knowledge, which is not ideal for new users. However, a little effort goes a long way. One way to do this is with this command:

ffmpeg -ss 10.6 -t 5 -i input.m4v -i palette.png -filter_complex "fps=15,scale=800:-1:lanczos;[1:v]paletteuse" output.gif

However, this requires a palette to be created first, so the command preceding this should look something like this:

ffmpeg -ss 10 -t 5 -i input.m4v -vf "fps=15,scale=800:-2:flags=lanczos,palettegen" -y palette.png

The problem with this method is that it won't auto-play on Facebook or Twitter. For that, use the method recommended above; i.e., upload it to GIPHY and paste that URL rather than upload the file itself.

Can I make changes to a made looping GIF?

Yes, if you have the right GIF editor, you can do this. There are several GIF editors available for desktop, online, and mobile platforms. For instance, Filme can import an animated or looping GIF, after which you can edit it just like a video. You can change the duration, the speed, the delay between frames, etc. You can also do while balancing, color adjustments, contrast adjustments, rotation, flipping, etc.

Is there a perfect time period for a looping GIF to make sure the looping GIF works well?

According to GIPHY, the perfect time duration for a looping GIF is no more than 6 seconds. Even though the limit on the platform itself is 15 seconds, the lower limit is advised because these links will be shared to several other platforms. When sharing, it will be optimized for that device screen, which could alter the speed or size of your GIF. That's why 6 seconds is ideal.

    Reasons to Use Filme

  • Filme is a versatile tool that can provide the tools for basic to advanced video editing. You can add text , transitions, images, animations, effects, and many other things.

  • It is the best tool for beginners as they can easily do anything they want within a few simple steps. It also allows wireless import from Android devices.

  • It supports all videos files and formats. Moreover, you can also select the advanced setting for exporting your videos in any format and settings.

  • You can remove the watermark in two ways, and no one will be able to figure out whether the watermark is removed or not.

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