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.