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How to Convert MP4 to GIF

Edited by Ben Jacklin

June 26, 2020

As new technologies develop, people begin to express themselves in new, unconventional ways. A little more than a decade ago, we lived through the wave of emoji popularity, but today these round smiley faces have been superseded by a more advanced means of self-expression – GIF animations. With mobile messengers and social networks being so popular and in wide use, an animated image may be perfect for illustrating your reaction or current mood in an online conversation. GIFs are usually short few-seconds clips cut from a movie, cartoon or other video. They convey certain emotions or actions, which makes them so convenient for us to use instead of multiple words.

When chatting on Telegram or WhatsApp, we often send GIFs to say hi, good-bye or to simply cheer up the other person. But what if you know of a great moment from a movie or cartoon that would fit perfectly into your conversation, but you can’t find a GIF for it on the internet? In this case you may have to create one yourself, but how to do it – that’s the challenge. It’s easier than you might think. All you need is the original video and a program that can convert any video to GIF, like Movavi Video Converter. This software works perfectly with all popular video formats, so you won’t have any problems converting AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4 or other format to GIF. And its simple, yet powerful, editing tools will help easily grab the best moments from any video.

The guide below explains how to convert MP4 to GIF, but the instructions are the same for any other video format. Download Movavi Video Converter for Windows or Mac and start creating GIFs right away!

Install the GIF Maker

Download the MP4-to-GIF converter from the Movavi website and follow the on-screen instructions to install the program.

Add a Video to the Program

Click the Add Media button, then Add Video, and choose the file you want to turn into a GIF.

Choose a Fragment

GIFs are usually short in length, which means you may need to cut just a small segment from a longer video. To start cutting out your clip, click the Edit button to the right of the imported file.

In the window that opens, place the marker on the timeline to indicate the beginning of the section you want to extract. Click the Scissors icon to cut the video and split it into two parts. Select the part you don't need and hit the Trash Can icon to delete it. If you need to trim the ending as well, then place the marker at the end of the section fragment and do the same. When the footage is the way you want it, click Save and Close.

Set GIF as the Export Format

Click the Images tab and choose GIF. Depending on your needs, you can also choose a preset for the desired size. To change the parameters of the GIF file manually, click the Cogwheel icon and tweak away.

Start the MP4-to-GIF Conversion

Hit the Save to button to specify the output folder for the image. When all the adjustments are done, click Convert and wait for the program to export the file. Once the conversion is complete, the folder with your GIF file will open automatically.

Now you know how to transfer MP4 to GIF with Movavi Video Converter. Build your own library of high-quality animation files and start sharing them with your friends on social media!


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