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This article was published on November 17, 2015

Tumblr’s new GIF maker can animate any of your videos

Tumblr’s new GIF maker can animate any of your videos
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Owen Williams

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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Tumblr, the home of endless GIFs, is giving users an easier way to create them from videos and burst photos.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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