Animated Gifs have come a long way and are not planning to leave the scene anytime soon as they are better ways to use them even more. Animated Gifs from screen recordings is a good example. You could use them for tutorials and illlustrations.
There are a number of free tools you could use to record your screen on windows and turn it to an animated Gif. I’ll be using ScreentoGif.
ScreentoGif is a free and easy-to-use screen recording software. It’s portable, so you don’t have to install it.
Here are some of its features:
- Resizable window
- Remove frames that you don’t want
- You can add text, subtitles, title frames, borders, watermarks, drawings etc
- Detect unchanged pixel while encoding to reduce the final size of the image
- Crop and resize
- Predefine number of times the image animation should be looped or repeat forever
How to use it
- First of all, head over to ScreenToGif website and click on the Download button to save the software. After downloading, go to your Download folder and extract because it’s a compressed folder. After extracting, double-click on the file to launch it.
- Click on the recorder option and a recording window with a transparent box will come up. You can resize the window to cover the area you want to record by clicking and dragging the edges.
- Click on the Options icon and check the boxes as shown below to show your mouse cursor in the recording, highlight mouse clicks and include a prestart countdown. Click Ok when you are done.
- Click the Record button to start recording the area in the window. You can pause the recording or click on stop when you are done.
- This will launch an editor where you can play your recording, add text & drawings and delete frames.
- When you are done editing, go to the file tab and click on “Save As Gif” to save the animated Gif.
Ukeme likes to keep things simple and believes that tech doesn’t really have to be complicated. She is also a web designer and loves to learn new things.