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Creating GIFs: How to create GIFs using VLC player and Photoscape?

Updated on April 14, 2013

Combining still images = GIF

This is  my GIF frames of Yui. BTW, Yui is a character from Angel Beats anime.
This is my GIF frames of Yui. BTW, Yui is a character from Angel Beats anime.

Oh my GIF...

GIF or Graphic Interchange Format is a form of a moving image. Nowadays, websites, mostly blogs, use this kind of image to add designs to their domains and to further express their thoughts. GIFs are very useful in term of attracting readers to your blog. One example is on Tumblr wherein GIF blogs have the most numbers of “Likes” and “Reblogs” which also result to increasing the blog’s “Followers”.

You may say “yes, it is cool but I don’t know how to use photoshop”—well, that’s not a problem my dear there’s always an alternative: all you need to do is to have the following:

  • VLC player
  • Photoscape
  • The video where you want to get your GIF from.

1. First, open the video where you want to get your GIF from.

2. After opening the file, you will see the default VLC window. Click “View” and check “Advance Control”.

After doing that, your VLC window will look like this:

3. Play the video then click the pause button when you arrived at the scene where you want to get your GIF from. As for me I’ll just pause here.

Once you pause your video, set the speed of the video into a slower pace by clicking that tab that I’ve encircled.

4. After that play your video and start clicking the “camera button”.

Every snapshot you’ve taken will be automatically saved to your “My Pictures” folder.

5. Once done taking the snapshots of your wanted scene, open Photoscape. Then click “Batch Editor” on the top. Then open your “My Pictures” folder then select a

If you want to edit your GIF or add some watermark on it, use the right panel. It offers a bunch of editing stuffs, from filters to adding texts, which can surely enhance your GIF.

NOTE: If you are planning to post your GIF on Tumblr, better resize your GIF to 450 or less so that you’ll not exceed 1MB or else your GIF will not be work or move.

6. After editing click the “Convert All” button then this window will pop.

No worries, Photoscape will create a folder for you namely “OUTPUT”, so basically all you have to do is to click “save”. Then your images will be processed.

7. After that, you need to close Photoscape first then open it again so that the “output” folder will be recognized by the program. When you have opened the Pho

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Just like what we’ve done on the “Batch Editor” part: locate the edited pictures and drag them to the space above. So click on the “My Pictures” folder then click on the “Output” folder. Once all of your images are placed at the top you’ll see the preview of your GIF on the space below then all you have to do is to click “Save” then TA-DA! You are now a master of GIF making!

By the way, you can adjust the time of each image: if you want to emphasize a certain image in the GIF.

Moreover, you can also remove pictures from the panel to decrease the size of the GIF.


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      Tolovaj 2 years ago

      Looks like great option to creatively waste some time! I knew about VLC, but Photoscape is new to me. Thanks for the introduction, I'm sure, it will come handy in some of my on-line projects!

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      Kevin 3 years ago

      only just found this. Great tutorial

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      Lee 3 years ago

      Wow.. that was really helpful! Thanks a lot! :)

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      Mary Creyzest Amante 4 years ago from Philippines

      No Biggie. Thanks for the comment. (^ u ^)

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      Parallels 4 years ago

      I've always wondered what software people used to make GIFs with. Now I know thanks to your detailed tutorial! ;p