HOW TO MAKE A GIF USING IMOVIE [MAC USERS]
Hi guys, as you can see I’m back on track with a new tutorial! I apologize for my absence but unfortunately I had to study really hard because of school and so I decided to put this blog aside until the end of school. (btw if anyone cares the grades were worth the study)
Thank God school is over so I can focus again on this blog and I can answer to all your questions :)
So, let’s get started with this super requested (and also very quick once you’ve learned) tutorial (all the gifs you see above are made by me with a mac):
First of all you have to choose the video you want to gif. It has to be in mp4 format because iMovie accepts only MP4 and HDV videos. Now, if the video you want to gif is in another format you will need a video converter and I highly suggest you to use THIS one because it’s free and it’s also pretty easy to use. In case you decide to use it, THESE are the settings I normally use to convert a video into a MP4.
Once you have the video all you have to do is open iMovie, go to File > Import > Movies and just select the video you want to import. This will take 1 or 2 minutes but it depends on how long the video is.
Now you should see the video you’ve selected at the bottom of iMovie (x). Select the part of the video you want to gif by dragging your mouse from one point of the clip to another (it doesn’t have to be too long, about 2-3 sec) like THIS. Once you’ve selected it, drag it to the top of iMovie (x).
Here comes the most important part:
Go to Share > Export using QuickTime and a window will pop up
- Choose the folder in which you want to put your screencaps
- On EXPORT select Movie to image sequence
Then click on options:
- On FORMAT choose PNG
- On Frames per second choose a number between 20 and 30/35, you’ll have more and more frames as the number is higher
Now open Photoshop, go to File > Scripts > Load files into stack and a window will appear, click on Broswe and go to the folder in which your screencaps are located. Select them all and then press OK.
Once Photoshop has imported all your caps go to Window > Animation.
Click THIS and select Make Frames from Layers, then select all the frames, click again the little arrow on the Animation Tool and select REVERSE FRAMES.
Now you can edit your gif like you always did, the only thing that is a little bit tricky is the duration of each frame (the smaller the number you put in the iMovie options the more it will have to last). If you don’t know how to make a gif go check under the TUTORIAL tag in my blog.
I hope this was helpful for at least some of you, if you have any questions just ask :)