GIF Maker, which appears under the ‘Photo’ option in Tumblr’s mobile apps, lets you select any video or set of burst photos to convert.
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Once selected, you can edit the GIF, which can be up to three seconds long, to make it rebound back and forth or loop.
I tried out GIF Maker on my kitten, Mika, and the results are really fun.
It’s super-easy to throw together something slick based on videos you’ve already got in your library and takes just a few seconds to post them. The addition means I’m far more likely to actually share snippets of the videos I take to Tumblr.
There’s been an explosion of GIF making apps recently; Giphy’s GIF camera, Lively which leverages the iPhone’s Live Photos feature and other apps like Instant that remove the friction from making fun little animations.
You can try out Tumblr’s new GIF Maker today by hitting the plus button in your mobile app, then photos — things that can be GIF’d show up with a little marker so it’s obvious what will work.
Expect even more GIFs on Tumblr very soon.