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Giflike – awesome new service lets you create instant animated clips from YouTube

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Sometimes a whole video is overkill, when all you need is a short clip of something. And it’s not just for LOLcats or other silliness either. Extracting a clip of a video can be very useful to demonstrate something, or teach and explain, and even to learn how something works in detail. The trouble is it’s not that easy to create short clips from full videos, unless you use complicated GIF tools.

Now there’s a new service which offers an absolutely brilliant way to grab a portion of a YouTube video and turn it into a short animated clip, rather like a GIF. The tool is called Giflike, and it offers a 3 step process which couldn’t be easier to use.

Step 1. Select your video. Only YouTube is supported at the moment, but there are plans to offer more video services later on.

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Once you have your clip selected, step 2 is to choose which part of it you want to grab and turn into an animated clip. You get a maximum of 100 frames to play with, and they can come from any part of the video. This is probably the fiddliest part of the whole exercise, but since the service is in beta we’ll forgive them.

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Finally click the Import button and the app will do its job and grab the clip. You can re-order frames, set the frame rate (up to 30fps) and delete ones you don’t like. Once you’re happy, select Bounce if you want the clip to loop back and forth ad nauseum, and hit the Publish button. Job done.

The results are brilliant, with amazingly high quality resolution, and what’s more you get an easy way to embed the clip into websites as needed. The service is free at the moment, but no doubt there will be a free and premium version developed as things mature in the future.

 

The whole process is beautifully easy to do, and as you can see from the gallery, there’s all sorts of things you can do with these clips to create entertainment and more. As we said the service is very much in early beta at the moment, so expect the occasional glitch (we found that deleting frames was a little less than intuitive until we discovered the CTRL key select method) but it’s still definitely one of the coolest apps we’ve see launched in a fair while.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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