Those who have always been interested in making GIFs but do not want to go through the learning process might find YouTube’s new GIF creator tool to be a push in the right direction. The newly rolled out feature allows users to create GIFs from its library of videos that last up to six seconds.
Although external websites that function to create GIFs of YouTube videos have been around for awhile, this introduction of the GIF creator tool is a first from the video-sharing website. In addition to making six second long GIFs, users are also presented with the option to include text at the top and bottom of the short clip, akin to that of an image macro most commonly used in internet memes.
The creation of a GIF using the tool is relatively simple, under the “share” option for each video, users will find a new “GIF” option to make a GIF of the video. This new feature does come with a catch though, it seems that users are only able to create GIFs of videos from YouTube user PBS Idea Channel; though there is no doubt that the GIF creating tool will be available for other videos too. It should also be noted that GIF creation is currently only limited to the web version of YouTube.
Perhaps the introduction of the GIF creation tool could herald other highly requested community features in the not too distant future, since YouTube did introduce 60 FPS video playback not too long ago.