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How to easily create a GIF from YouTube with GifRun

Always wondered how to create a GIF from YouTube? GifRun is one of the easiest services out there that transforms videos from YouTube into GIF’s.


If you’re like me then you love a good GIF. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, GIF’s (not JIF’s) are short animated clips snipped from videos and pictures. They’re notoriously found on Reddit, Tumblr, and now even Twitter. They’re a great way to share the spirit of a video without making someone watch it in it’s entirety. Here’s a great example of what I’m talking about:

Now that we’re all on the same page on what GIF’s are, let’s proceed on how to make one. Until recently, GIF’s weren’t very easy to make. You had to know how to export the files, had to go through the process of downloading complicated software, and needed the wit, humor or intelligence to realize what people wanted to see. Definitely not something your average internet user could pull off.

Thankfully, the internet has changed. Now there’s a vast amount of resources and services out there like YouTube and Imgur that allow any newcomer to make one of these animated clips in minutes, if not seconds. I found one such website earlier today on the notorious service production center, Product Hunt. It is called GifRun. GifRun is truly one of the easiest ways to whip up a GIF. Just for laughs, I tried it out and was able to make one in less than a minute.

Here’s how to create a GIF from YouTube using GifRun:

First and foremost you’ll need to visit their page here and enter in a valid URL from YouTube.


Once you get your URL added, GifRun will load the video and proceed onto the next option where you’ll be able to clip the video to your desired start and stop time. To set your start time use the sliding bar above the video. You can also adjust how long you want the GIF to play for, as well as size and the ability to add text. You’ll see I have it set to 5 seconds. When you’re done, just click the “Create animated GIF” button and you’re good to go!


Using GifRun I was able to make this video into this GIF below:

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