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-i’m also drafting new ones
Almost a year and a half ago, I posted this tutorial on how to make GIFs which includes how to cut your videos first. The summary of that tutorial is I used Windows Movie Maker to cut the videos then Photoshop to make the GIFs. I noticed though that WMM does something funny to the videos (it has something to do with the frames, I won’t elaborate) so I’ve changed my method. I’m posting this tutorial in hopes of helping you guys like the first tutorial did.
This tutorial has 2 parts: Slow & Simple and Fast & Fancy
This doesn’t cover the actual making of the gifs part. You can refer to the tutorial I linked above for that.
PART 1: Slow & Simple
Needed program: VLC Player
1. When you open VLC, check if you can see this part of the toolbar:
If not, go to View > Advanced Controls
2. Open the original video file that you want to cut. Scrub to where you want to start the cut and pause it. I recommend adding a few extra seconds before the actual part you want to GIF so you don’t lose any frames.
3. Click on the record button then play.
4. Let the entire scene you want play out then when it’s done, click the record button again. I also recommend stopping the recording a few seconds after the actual scene.
You now have your cut video which is usually found in your Videos/My Videos folder. If you can’t find it, search for files that start with “vlc-record”
PROS: simple esp. for beginners
CONS: time-consuming because you have to “stream” the scene that you want to cut
PART 2: FAST & FANCY
Needed program: Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate*
*This program is not free, but there is a trial version that is usable for this purpose. I’m sorry I can’t post here how to get the full version for free because it’s illegal.
If you don’t want to purchase the full version or download a cracked/patched copy, you’re only allowed 30 seconds per each item to be converted. With this, you have to cut your videos accordingly per scene that you will gif instead of cutting just one entire scene (I mean if you plan on making a 4-item gifset, you need to cut the videos to those 4 parts already and not a single file that contains all 4 scenes).
You can pretty much cut videos with lots of video converters out there, but I chose this one because it lets you control CPU usage when converting.
Here’s the interface of the converter:
1. Import the original video file
2. Click the scissors icon on the toolbar. If you can’t see the scissors, go to View > Toolbar. If the icon is disabled, make sure the video that you want to cut is selected. Just click on the item to select it.
3. A new window should appear. It looks like this:
The black markers indicate the start and end of the cut. By default, the whole video is selected. You can move those black markers to set the start and end that you want. Or you can just type in the start and end time yourself. Don’t worry, there’s a preview window so you don’t have to guess. It’s not that accurate so I also suggest here that you add extra seconds before and after the actual cut.
4. Once you’re done, hit Apply then Close.
5. You’ll be redirected back to the original window. Notice that there’s a new item there that represents the cut. IMPORTANT: Make sure you select that new item before converting.
6. We need to set-up the conversion format. At the bottom of the window, Click the box beside Profile > General Video Format > MP4 - MPEG-4 Video. You may also want to change the output folder.
[OPTIONAL] This converter allows you to adjust the frame rate and the quality before conversion. If you want to tweak those settings, on the right side of the window there’s another Profile. Click the arrow beside it and select Video Stream.
7. UNCHECK THE ORIGINAL FILE. You don’t need to convert this one anyway, just the segments.
8. Hit the convert button on the toolbar and you’re done!
PROS: fast since you don’t have to stream the scene you want to cut just drag the markers
CONS: complicated, might take a while to get used to
Questions? Send me a message.