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Make an Animated GIF with YouTube or Snagit

posted Oct 28, 2015, 4:46 PM by Shawn Beard   [ updated Oct 28, 2015, 5:02 PM ]
While attending an EdTech Team GAFE Summit last weekend, I ran across a great tip from Nicole Dalesio that is really handy.  It involved making an Animated GIF using YouTube.  Now if you are not sure what an animated GIF is, see the image at left.  It is a GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) made from a series of images or frames, arranged to appear as an animated picture file.  

Now, put to good use, animated GIFs can be used to get a point across, animate a process or tips, or create a simple tutorial.  I use them from time to time to show teachers, through a few screen clicks, how to use apps, docs, or software.  It saves time when faced with creating a full video tutorial and uploading it to YouTube.  There are a few ways to create them, but these seem to be the best in my book.

Create an animated GIF from a YouTube video

To create a simple Animated GIF of a YouTube video, Copy the Link of your YouTube video.  Then go to  Click on the YouTube to GIF button at the top of the screen.  Pasted your Link and start creating!

Another way to do this...find your favorite video (I recommend using your own for copyright purposes) and visit the link on YouTube.  Once there, type gif in front of the address.  For example, if the site is, then you would change it to

Once you reach the website, you can set a start point, and an end point for your Animated GIF.  GIF Files are limited to 15 seconds, so make sure you capture all you need to get your point across.   Then click Create GIF.  

Once your Animated GIF has been cooked up, you can grab a link or html code for it, as well as post to Twitter.  

SnagIt by Techsmith

SnagIt is another great way to capture Animated GIF Files.  The SnagIt extension for Chrome is available here:  Once you add this extension to your Chrome Browser, you can click on it to capture images or video.  If you choose video, and you can keep your time down to 15 seconds or less, you have the option of converting your video to an Animated GIF.

View this article to learn more about Snagit or watch this video.

Good luck!