When posting an answer it's common to want to illustrate an idea using an animated diagram or screen capture. I have some screen capture software (iShowU) but it doesn't have and export to GIF option built in. I also know of a website for quickly creating animated GIFs from an image sequence (gifmaker.me), but I have to crop in an image editor and export the frames first, so it's not very efficient.

Are there any apps or web apps you guys recommend for preparing an animated GIF quickly from what's on the screen?

Attention: This post is not specific to one software title or website!

I'm looking for something that will work on a Mac, but this conversation is intended to invite discussion of options for all OSes that Blender can run on (Mac/Linux/Windows).


  • $\begingroup$ Were you asking about a screen recording of your user and mouse gestures? Were you asking about any series of screen captures? Blender render of image sequences of jpegs or png files? $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 22, 2015 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ I just wanted to know how others make GIFs so quickly. Unfortunately a trigger-happy gandalf3 marked it as a duplicate so others probably won't find this question and benefit from it. It's not a duplicate btw, this is not about gfycat specifically. Anyway, it's solved. I found that .mov files made with iShowU can be converted to GIFs using this site: image.online-convert.com/convert-to-gif and I also found that loading a series of screen shots into PhotoShop and exporting as a GIF is easier than I thought: briandalessandro.com/blog/… $\endgroup$
    – Mentalist
    Commented Sep 26, 2015 at 14:38
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. Your post seems quite open to variety of solutions/techniques. I happen to use GIMP for GIF creation. It works satisfactorily. I sometimes see imperfections which I have not investigated. Thanks. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 26, 2015 at 16:51


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