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10 Websites to Make GIFs from Photos and Videos

You don’t need to be a movie director to turn your photos and videos into awesome animated GIFs. In fact, you can create amazing gifs!  You don’t even need to be in front of your computer screen. 

Many of these websites and apps have their own mobile versions, so you can make GIFs on the go! No matter what kind of camera you use, this list will give you access to the best video maker online. And if that sounds like something you’re looking for, be sure to check out our #1 pick, Promo.

1) Use Promo’s Video Maker

The video maker from Promo is best for making animated text effects. Choose a font and write in your text, choose an effect and you’re done!  Your GIF will be automatically generated and you can download it to use anywhere you want. The web app has limited functionality but gets the job done. If you are looking for more features like transparency or background colour, there are more advanced options out there.

2) WizIQ

Video Maker is a free online tool for making high-quality videos. The intuitive, web-based platform lets you combine photos and videos to create short movie clips in a matter of minutes. 

Whether you’re creating marketing videos, family slideshows, or just want to make quick social media posts, Video Maker has all your video needs covered. Once you’ve created your masterpiece, you can share it directly on Facebook or export it as a file for YouTube.

3) Tiny Take

If you’re looking for something a little more stylish than Giphy but not as professional as Animoto, check out Tiny Take. They offer free accounts, and it’s a lot of fun to use. It’s great for beginners who aren’t yet ready to drop their first few hundred dollars on an editing tool like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere.

4) Flixel

The original video-to-GIF creation tool. You can make short GIFs from Youtube videos, and there are several free options for sharing them on social media. Their premium program allows you to upload your own videos as well.

5) GIF Movie Gear

GIF Movie Gear is a video maker online that lets you make animated GIFs. The interface is pretty easy to use and lets you choose from a variety of templates for different animation effects. While it’s not going to win any awards for how great your animations look, it does get the job done—and at free, I can see why many users stick with it over other options.

6) Agave

This is a video maker online that offers many different templates and editing tools. The only negative about it being free, however, is that you have to watch an advertisement at least once in order to use their site. We recommend watching the said ad because it usually has something new and interesting! It’s definitely worth checking out. 

7) Boomerang

Boomerang is a video maker online program that lets you make looping videos, or as they like to call them, boomerangs. The best part about it is that you don’t need any extra equipment to get started; all you need is your smartphone and an internet connection. 

The app allows you to go on vlogging-style journeys of discovery using visual storytelling by creating awesome clips from photos and videos. This can be used for marketing materials, personal use, or just for fun. Your imagination’s really your only limit here.

8) GoAnimate

When it comes to a video maker online app, GoAnimate is by far one of our favourites. With tools that will make any amateur look like a pro, as well as music and sounds that you can add to your production for even more professional appeal, it’s hard not to love GoAnimate. Put your photos together in seconds with its easy-to-use layout—and then add sound effects and music if you wish!

9) GifMaker

GifMaker is an online tool that makes it easy to make high-quality GIFs from photos and videos. The tool provides a huge amount of customization options that help you create just about any kind of content your heart desires. 

The site also offers some advanced tools for professionals who need a little more control over their creations. The service allows up to 5 images or videos per project, allowing users to create longer projects when needed.

10) Easel.ly

Easel.ly has everything you need to make high-quality animated GIFs from your favourite videos and photos. Easel.ly helps you crop, flip, and trim your video or photo into a clip that’ll be easy to animate in GIF form.

Final Thoughts

So Many GIFS, So Little Time… …As a content marketer, you have no shortage of images to choose from for your website and social media posts. Infographics, videos, stock photos…the list goes on and on. If you’re really itching to make a post stand out—and who doesn’t want that? Consider using a gif to further your brand’s message. With so many places to find them (and make them), let me be your guide!

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