In the thick of summer boredom I decided to teach you guys the free (while intermediately long) and safe way to make gifs. What are gifs you ask? They are the "moving image" file that you see frequenting the web nowadays.
Now lets get right into it.
First things first, and that's getting the software, what you need is Youtube Downloader & Converter (so you can access videos and convert them to make gifs of, but you wont always need to use youtube videos)
The link should open up to a page like this for you to download:
Then download VLC media player (if you don't already have it) this lets you snapshot the video so that you have images to make a gif. The link should open to this page:
Then download GIMP. This is a free version of photoshop. If you're wondering why we aren't using pixlr, it's because I never learned how to make gifs on there and you're the one who clicked the link so we're doing it my way. This link should open to a page like this:
Next what you want to do is get a video. For these instructions I'll show you how to download a YouTube video because that's how I made this example gif. Find a video with a interval that you like and right click on the video so that the drop down menu shows "Copy Video Url". Click on that
Make sure you choose "Best Available" as the download quality. When the video is done download you will have to convert it because it is either and FLV file or mp4 file. Neither of which can be played by VLC smoothly. This happens automatically for and video you download:
Sow what you what to do is click convert and open the video and choose to convert to a "XVid MPEG-4 Codec AVI" file. Be careful to know where you are saving the conversion or you'll have trouble finding it. After you've converted the video open it in VLC media player...
(If you don't use a downloaded video and you use a DVD instead you can click "Open Disk")
(I accidentally saved mine in my music folder)
When the video is playing in VLC media player find the place in the video where you want to create the gif. At that point click shift+s rapidly, if you want the gif as smooth as possible I suggest holding down shift+s, but it may catch some screen caps you don't want and you'll have to go to your pictures and delete them
Be sure to select all and only the vlc snap files you want...
It should leave you with a sight like this...
Now all you have to do is save the file as a .gif image which is trickier than it sounds. Save the file as you would any other, but when naming the file be sure to put ".gif" at the end, and click the "All Images" pop up menu and select GIF image:
After you click save a pop up window will come up. On that window you must click the "Save as Animation" option or it won't be a moving .gif:
And for the final trickiest part, you have to adjust the frame speed. I can't give you any tips on this, you'll just have to try different speeds. You can do this by saving the .gif as a speed, not closing out of GIMP, open that .gif image and see if it is moving at a good speed. If it's going too fast make the "millisecond between frame" number bigger, if it's too fast then vice versa.
There you have it, the only thing is that Hogs Haven doesn't allow you to upload images so I had to upload this on tumblr and copy the URL to here. I believe it is possible to use tiny pic to upload gifs, but it would be easier to just use twitter. So there you go! If you have any problems or questions you can ask me in the comments.