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Convert a video to an animated GIF using ffmpeg
This is an uber-quick post on how to convert a short video to an animated GIF using ffmpeg. As a bonus tip, we will also use ffmpeg to trim the video.
Let’s start by trimming a video to a 5 sec clip using the following command:
ffmpeg -ss 00:01:25 -to 00:01:30 -i input.mp4 -c copy output.mp4
The output clip will include the 5 sec between 01:25 and 01:30 min.
Now that we have a short clip we can convert it to GIF using the following command:
ffmpeg -i output.mp4 -loop 0 animated.gif
You can tweak the loop option as follows:
- -1 no loop
- 0 infinite loop
- 1 loop once (plays 2 times)
- 2 loop twice (plays 3 times)
That’s all folks 👋😀