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You may have gathered that I’m a big fan of the gif as a digital art form. This week, Tumblr added the capacity to make gifs to their mobile app. It’s a little misleading to call it a “gif-maker,” because I feel like connotatively that makes people expect a whole separate section of the app. Nope, it’s actually just a part of posting a photo. If you select compose, and tap photo, any video chilling in your library becomes gif-able. There’s a three second limit, so you’ll likely have to select a three second timeframe (I’d wager most videos are more than three seconds). And bam! Post that gif on your Tumblr and you’re done. It’s so easy! And very important, I think, for our personal community.
This got me thinking about gif making more generally. Usually, I’m just a pretty good gif-finder. I’ve never made one before today. So what are some other apps that allow for the making of gifs? Sure, you can do it in Photoshop, but there’s probably all sorts of ways to make gifs without a Creative Cloud subscription. Let’s explore, shall we?
DSCO by VSCO
We’ve featured VSCO before, but they’ve just come out with a new gif-er-ator called DSCO, pronounced disco. It’s totally free and lets you shoot a quick video, giferize it and apply some of VSCO’s signature filters. As an example, here is a very classy black and white gif of my cat scratching her scratching post!
The ones on the DSCO website are much hipper. This app actually outputs a gif, unlike Instagram’s stand-alone app Boomerang, which produces a gif-style video. Right now, the DSCO app is iOS only. We can only hope for Android in the future.
This lovely webapp lets you put in a YouTube URL and create a gif from that. You can add captions and alter the amount of time the gif takes. It’s a pretty sweet, free service. But beware! If the video is too long (even though you’re cutting just about four seconds from it and nothing more) it won’t create the gif. It’s also not downloadable in the same way — one can post a URL directly to social media or embed it using an iFrame, like this:
Actually, that means this is a video and not a gif. IMPOSTER! Also you’re probably learning a lot about my life via gif right now — have I mentioned that I’ve seen every episode of Table Top?
Okay, this one’s a little different — Gifx allows you to add gifs to still photos to make really weird photo art. It’s a little hard to explain, so here’s an example from their Instagram:
The app is free, but the ability to actually save as a gif costs ninety-nine cents with an in-app purchase. You can also purchase gif packages with other strange moving patterns in it.
Ok now it’s your turn! Go forth and multiply the gifs on the internet, and show your work in the comments. Or, if you’re using Tumblr, leave a link to the post. If you’re not sure how to do such a thing, remember that Queer Your Tech has done a miniature HTML series — here’s the one on linking in the comments and here’s the one on embedding images.