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How to Convert MOV to GIF on Windows Mac iPhone Android

GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. Since its debut in 1987, it has become widespread for its broad support and portability between applications and operating systems and the feature of expressing complex ideas and messages in a matter of a few seconds. We post GIFs to social media platforms. We insert GIFs to our blog posts. So much more examples. Well, how to make a gif? It's easy. You can simply convert video to gif. And here we're going to show you how to convert MOV to gif on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android. MOV is a video format that we are often exposed to. Apple iPhone and many cameras use MOV as a video package format.

How to Convert MOV to GIF?

Method 1. Convert MOV to GIF Online for Free

MOV to GIF conversion can be done without downloading any software on Mac, iPhone, Android, or Windows PC. There are many online MOV to GIF converters, such as CloudConvert, Convertio, and Zamzar. Now let's take a close look at CloudConvert.

CloudConvert allows you to convert MOV file less than 1GB to animated gif for free. Free users are allowed to perform up to 25 conversions per day. If your MOV file exceeds the maximum file size limit, you can compress the video beforehand or buy a Cloudconvert package (starting from $8). If you don't have video compression software, you can try Winxvideo AI which can convert MOV files in any resolution and any file size quickly without degrading quality. Try now>>

Now, let's check how to convert MOV to GIF online with CloudConvert for free.

Step 1. Open a web browser on your Windows, Mac, iPhone, or Android, and then access CloudConvert MOV to GIF Converter.

Step 2. Find the red Select File button, click the drop-down menu, and then choose to import the MOV file by URL, or from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive.

MOV to GIF Converter
MOV to GIF Converter

Step 3. Make sure GIF is selected as the output and click the wrench icon if you want to set resolution, aspect ratio, video codec, fps, starting time, and ending time. By default, it will keep the original resolution and aspect ratio.

Step 4. Click the red Convert button to begin converting MOV to gif.

Method 2. Convert MOV to GIF with FFmpeg

If you have FFmpeg installed on your computer, you can also use this tool to create a gif from your MOV file. Now, let me show you how to do this.

Step 1. Move your MOV video files to the folder where you keep the ffmpeg.exe file.

Step 2. Hold the Shift key, and right-click inside that folder. Select Open command or PowerShell window here from the pop-up.

Step 3. Enter the following command to convert .mov to gif.

  • For OpenCommand: ffmpeg -i output.gif
  • For PowerShell: .\ffmpeg -i output.gif

You just need to use the name of your .mov file to replace and use a desired output name to replace output.gif.

Method 3. Convert MOV to GIF with Adobe Photoshop

Besides editing images, Adobe Photoshop has a hidden feature you may not know. That is making gif from video. But it is a little bit complicated. Let's take a look at how we do this.

Step 1. First of all, you need to convert the frames of the video into individual layers. To do this, open Adobe Photoshop, go to File, scroll down to Import, and choose Video Frames to Layers. Now, browse and open the .mov file you want to convert to gif. Then, you will see a small window named Import Video To Layers. Here you should specify the range to import and click OK after finish settings.

Tips: Photoshop may not be able to fully import a video that is too long. If your source video is too long to import, try cutting it in advance.

Video frames to layers
Video frames to layers

Step 2. Go to Window and scroll down to choose Timeline. Then, click the arrow on the button in the middle of the Timeline panel and choose Create Frame Animation. Then click the button to create a new frame animation.

Create frame animation
Create frame animation

Step 3. Click the menu icon from the upper right corner of the Timeline panel. Click Make Frames From Layers. This will convert all the layers in the Layers panel into individual frames in your animation.

Make frames from layer
Make frames from layer

Step 4. Click the repeat menu from the bottom of the Timeline panel and specify how many times you want the resulting gif repeat, once, 3 times, or forever.

To preview the gif, simply click the Play button from the bottom of the Timeline panel.

Create looping animation
Create looping animation

Step 5. Go to File, scroll down to select Export, and choose Save for Web (Legacy)...

  • From the Preset menu, select GIF 128 Dithered .
  • From the Colors menu, select 256 .
  • Change the Image Size is necessary.
  • Click Save... and select a destination for your animated GIF file.
Export gif
Export gif

So, above are the methods we want to introduce to you to convert MOV QuickTime movie to gif.


author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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