Make Animated Gif from YouTube and other Video Sites in Chrome


If you have been active on social networks these days , you must have come across many of  those funny and hilarious Gif images . I am sure this is an very innovative way of sharing excerpts from videos , which is even very bandwidth friendly than sharing a video . People have shown a strong liking towards these  Gif’s and some Gif’s have scored more than thousands of likes and shares until they become viral . Let me show you a Gif i created , its not funny but just a example of what we would be going to make today . ( its a 3MB file , so it will take a little while to load . )


Its very easy to create these Gif images ,  all we need is Google chrome , a free extension and of course some funny videos . For videos we have sites like YouTube , Vimeo , Metacafe .. etc, which have all the videos we could ever need . Further the content of these websites are increasing rapidly with each passing minute , which makes sure we won’t be ever running out of videos either . We have got the Software and the videos and the best thing is we can easily create and share Gif images within Google Chrome itself . So let find out how to create a Gif image .

MakeGIF is a free Google chrome extension that can help you to create Gif’s from online videos . All you need to do is Install the plugin from the Google Chrome app store and Simply follow the instructions below .

Note: The extension requires a HTML5 video player to make Gifs . Visit this page and enable the HTML5 video player on YouTube .

How to make Gif from YouTube videos

  • Step 1: Install the MakeGIF extension from the Google Chrome app store and restart chrome after the extension is installed .
  • Step 2: Open any YouTube video on Chrome and click the MakeGIF icon in the extensions bar to the top right . If you have not enabled HTML5 player on YouTube , the extension will prompt you to enable it . Visit to the requested page and enable the HTML5 player . Skip to step 4 if you have already enabled HTML5 on YouTube .


  • Step 3: Reload your YouTube video , now click on the MakeGIF icon . Click OK when it asks you to redirect to the HTML5 version of the video .
  • Step 4: Play the YouTube video and pause it from where you want to the Gif to start . Click on the MakeGIF icon and click on “ capture settings “ to expand it and adjusts the settings to your requirement .


  • Step 5: Click on the start button to record the Gif . When you want the Gif to end , click the stop button . Now you will be shown a preview of the recorded Gif . Click on Frame options to Add text , Reverse , Speed up or Speed down the GIf .

Note : Keep the Gif as short and precise as you can , it helps to load it faster on web pages .


  • Step 6: Click on Generate to process the Gif .  Wait till it converts the video into Gif .


  • Step 7: When the Gif is created , You will be provided with a download link and an option to share it online .


 Save the Gif to your computer or share it with your friends online . If you create a Gif , do share it with us .

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Lovejeet is a Proud Geek and tech. enthusiast, who is ardent to learn more about the technology that surrounds us. He loves to tinker around with his gadgets and when he find something new and exciting, he shares it with you on this blog. Last but not the least he is a true gamer by heart. Connect with him on and Twitter

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