Create a GIF animated with Gifcam

1:18 am January 2, 201714813TIPS

you want to create a GIF animated ? Then Gifcam should most likely be of interest to you! Gifcam is an application for Windows that works like a camera which is placed at the top of all windows in Windows. You can move and resize it as see fit you in order to capture a video or pictures in and the area you are interested in making a GIF animated !

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why Gifcam? Already, the program is full of features that will allow you to create GIF perfect 🙂 then Gifcam works quite intelligently for reduce the size of the GIF , basic element when you want to share it on the net: If the software finds that the previous image is the same as that which is being recorded , it automatically adds a period (it indicates the image to stay longer) rather than add a new image, which allows to decrease the size of the GIF . In addition to this, always in order to gain a few precious kilobytes, Gifcam does not create the whole image every time but a green image (transparent pixels) on which he draws only the pixels that differ over the images.

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one GIF created by Gifcam, image by image. Only the new pixels are created on each new image

I feel you interested, right?

oh yes! Let me quickly discover this software!

so here we go 🙂

creating GIF animated

download Gifcam then run. To use it, nothing simpler: adjust the size of the window of Gifcam then click on the “Rec” button to start the video capture or on ‘Frame’ for capture a single image . The video or the captured image is then added to your timeline that you can find by clicking on the button ‘Edit ‘.

La fenêtre principale de Gifcam

the main window of Gifcam

you can view the saving options by clicking on the arrow to the right of the button “Rec”.

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options available when clicking on the arrow of the Rec button

here is what allows the different options:

  • Rec/Stop: start / stop video capture (you can also use the SPACEBAR )
  • New: erases the GIF creating and creates a new , Virgin
  • Open: opens a GIF already created. You can save new images, edit existing images as well as the time of each of them, or save the GIF to a different compression algorithm
  • 10 FPS, 16 FPS, 33 FPS: number of frames per second for your GIF. More FPS there, more GIF will be fluid, but it will be large. Different FPS are available:
    • 10 FPS: 0.1 second delay between each image (default)
    • 16 FPS: 0.06 second delay between each image
    • 33 FPS: 0.03 second delay between each image
  • Full Screen: ignores the framework to record and capture the entire screen
  • Capture Cursor : captures the mouse
  • Customization: opens the parameters of Gifcam

Let’s go further and open the Gifcam settings by clicking on “Customization”.

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the Customization window allows you to set the following parameters:

  • FPS Options: the three values of FPS that appear when clicking on the arrow of the “Rec” button
  • Memory: where temporarily save the images on the hard drive or the memory (RAM). Using the memory (RAM) makes the more rapid capture and more efficient if you use the drive. However, if you create a GIF of large size and long enough, it should be to select the hard drive to avoid that memory saturates and the recording of the video doesn’t suddenly stop
  • Memory use: size limit use of memory (1 GB by default). If you increase this value, be sure to keep enough memory for the rest of the system, otherwise it may slow down significantly, and even crash
  • Window Size: the default size of the window of Gifcam
  • Always Capture Cursor: choose to always capture the mouse

in General , it is recommended to leave the default options (you can restore them by clicking on the button “Default”).

change the GIF animated

for each click on the button ‘Rec’ or ‘Frame’, a video or an image is added to your timeline . The timeline is visible when you click on the button ‘Edit ‘. Here, many editing options are available in order of create GIF perfect !

Edition d'un GIF dans Gifcam

editing a GIF in Gifcam

first feature, you can adjust the time each image by a drag-and – drop on the ‘Delay’ text at the top of each image. Hold SHIFT (⇑) keyboard button to add/remove a deadline on several images at once (0.03 second being the minimum).

now, right click on an image to your timeline to open all of the editing options.

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right click on each image opens the edition of Gifcam options

you can say that you have the choice! Here’s what you can do:

  • Delete Frame:
    • Delete This Frame: deletes the selected image
    • Delete From This Frame To Start: deletes all images from one selected until the beginning
    • Delete From This Frame To End: deletes all images from one selected until the end
    • Delete Even Frames : Deletes an image on two (allows to decrease the size of the GIF)
  • Keyboard Inputs: allows you to change the time or the size of an image. also allows to delete several images at once by specifying the image of the beginning and the end frame
  • Add text: allows you to write text on one or more images
  • Resize: scales the size of the video
  • Crop: crop video
  • Add Reverse Frames: adds the same images that those already recorded in the suite , but in a way inverted (to create a loop effect)
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  • Hue And Saturation: change the hue and saturation
  • Draw Green Screen: allows you to create a dynamic and a static part within the GIF, style cinemagraphe . You can isolate the dynamic part in creating a closed shape with the mouse, then by a ctrl + click to create a green background on the static part (to create the green background on a single image, you shift + ctrl + click ).
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  • green Screen: change the color of the background (Green by default) to avoid conflicts between the registered colors and background color

recording of the GIF animated

once your GIF is ready, please save it! To do this, simply click on the button “Rec”. You can also view the saving options by clicking on the arrow to the right of the same button.

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even once, Gifcam shows full and offers several recording options:

  • the GIF encoding:
    • Quantize: default compression algorithm
    • Nearest: another algorithm that reduces the size of the GIF
    • 256 colors: 256 colors
    • 20 colors: 29 colors
    • GrayScale: gray level
    • Custom: custom
  • Preview: GIF Preview
  • Profile: shows the size of each image in the form of bars and gives information about each image : size (in bytes), number of colors and percentage background green
  • Export to AVI: records video in format (uncompressed) .avi

after clicking on the button ‘Save’, Gifcam lance your GIF creation .

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and there you have created your own animated GIF 🙂

namely: Gifcam (in its version 5.1) supports still not well scaled custom screen which allow account screens with high density of pixels (Retina, 4 K style). For example, I have a Retina display with a scaling custom 200% in the display settings for Windows 10. Buttons are displayed in small text in some menus overlap… And unfortunately, when the saving a GIF , Gifcam adds a border not very aesthetic. I let you judge for yourself:

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click on the image to open the GIF

If you like me done a custom scaling, you can use the software LICEcap as an alternative, the time that a new version Gifcam corrects this concern.

apart from this flaw, I highly recommend Gifcam. It is without a doubt the most complete solution for create an animated GIF !

PS: in this tutorial, I creates an animated GIF from a YouTube video . This is just an example to show you the operation of Gifcam. If you want to create a GIF from a YouTube video, it is simpler to use tools like online imgur vidgif or giphy gifmaker .