Making Your Own GIF Image Macros

*This tutorial is very similar to my video editing tutorial. That’s because the process is the same up until the encoding stage, where I encode to GIF rather than WebM.

So you want to make your own animated GIFs from a video clip? Well, it’s a pretty easy process that can be done almost entirely from the command line. I’m going to show you how to turn the clip into a GIF and add an image macro overlay. Like this,

The key tool here is going to be Gifsicle, a very excellent command-line tool for creating and manipulating GIF images. So, the full list of tools is,

Here’s the source video for the tutorial. It’s an awkward video my wife took of our confused cats, Calvin and Rocc.

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Chris Wellons