Why convert a GIF to video? What's the need for turning an image file into a video format? The answer to that question depends on how you're using the media in question. If you want to post to Facebook, for instance, you'll need to learn how to turn a GIF into a video for Facebook so you can add other video elements like adding video clips, using transitions, etc.
You might also want to learn how to convert GIF to video for Instagram ads if you don't want to post a static image. In some cases, a platform may not accept an animated GIF as a source file but it will accept video files. Whatever the reason, there are many tools available if you need to convert a GIF to video.
Part 1: 2 Recommended Ways to Convert GIF to Video in Windows
The two best solutions for Windows users are iMyFone Filme and Photoshop. Let's look at their key features, the process to follow, and a few other considerations.
1. iMyFone Filme (No Watermark with the 1-month Free License - Special Offer Included Here)
iMyFone Filme for desktop is an intuitive video editor that's suitable for beginners as well as professionals. Here are some of its important features:
Key Features of iMyFone Filme
Dozens of input file types are supported for video, images, and audio
The interface is easy to understand and navigate
Easy to import media from your phone (wired or wireless) or local hard drive
Non-linear editing with comprehensive editing tools
Comes with transitions, effects, text, animation, and fast video mode to create video slideshows in just a few clicks
Choose outputs that are specific to a device or a particular aspect ratio or a social media platform
Easy conversion from GIF to video - import, edit, and export
How to Convert GIF to Video in iMyFone Filme
Step 1: After installing and launching Filme, create a new project and use the Import option to upload the GIF file. You can also import media files from your phone with a data cable or wirelessly.
Step 2: Once it is in your Media Library, drag it to a track on the timeline or click the + symbol in the middle of the thumbnail view and select Add to New Track or just Add
Step 3:In the timeline, you'll see your GIF file set to a specific duration, you can reduce or increase this by using the trim handles on the left and right sides.
Step 4:Now right-click the track and choose Edit in the menu; you can also click Edit in the toolbar after selecting the track. This will take you to the editor on the top right, where you can change the brightness, contrast, etc., and even rotate or offset the image.
Step 5:If you need to, you can use the Crop tool to reduce the frame size of the GIF.
Step 6:When you're done, click Export and choose the video format to convert the file to, then click Export again.
Paid Version Details:
iMyFone Filme is a highly affordable video editor.
The perpetual license costs $59.95 as a one-time fee.
The annual license is $29.95, which works out to just $2.49 a month.
The one-month license is $19.95 but you can get it free by sharing this pageon social media with the #Filmewithme hashtag. The free license will remove the output watermark for all files processed during the period of validity.
2.Photoshop (Premium Photo Editor with GIF to Video Conversion Feature)
Photoshop is an image editing tool, but it also gives you a video output for GIF files. The trick is to import the GIF as layers rather than frames. Here are some of the key relevant features of Photoshop:
Key Features of Photoshop:
Accepts GIF files as video layers
Extensive editing options to make your video output stand out
Easy to apply edits to all GIF layers
How to Convert GIF to Video in Photoshop
Step 1: To import the file, you cannot use the 'import video frames as layers' because the original GIF doesn't have any frames. It is a single file. Therefore, use the File → Open menu option, select the GIF and click Open. You can also just drop the file into Photoshop.
Step 2:The file will be imported as a layered frame animation document. Next, go to Windows → Timeline. A single timeline will now be visible.
Step 3:Click the hamburger menu on the top right and select Convert to Video Timeline in the menu.
Step 4: Now, simply click the hamburger menu again, but this time you need to select Render Video. You can leave the default settings in the Render Video dialog box and hit Render. Alternatively, you can select all the layers of the GIF and do color correction and other edits before rendering it as a video.
Paid Version Details
Annual Plan costs $20.99 a month
Monthly Plan costs $31.49 a month
You may also want to read: How to Speed Up a Video in Photoshop >>
Part 2: 3 Ways to Turn GIF into Video on Mac (GIF to MOV)
The next three tools are great for Mac users because Mac apps like Final Cut and iMovie won't allow you to render GIFs as video. They are primarily video editors, so you can't import custom-made animated GIF files using those methods. Even if you are able to upload them, they might not play animated GIFs due to the frame animation vs layer issue. However, the following tools can do the job without a problem if you're on a Mac.
CloudConvert is a versatile online platform for file conversions. It supports dozens of input and output file types and is considered to be one of the most robust services in its category.
Extensive support for various file types
Easy upload process
Several settings options prior to conversion
How to Convert GIF to Video (Mac) with CloudConvert
Step 1: In a browser tab, go to the CloudConvert URL.
Step 2:Select the input and output options as GIF and MOV, respectively
Step 3:Scroll down to the Options section, where you can control video and audio settings, trim the duration of the output file, and even add subtitles from an SRT or ASS file.
Step 4:Click the Select File option to import your GIF.
Step 5:Hit the Convert button and wait for the file to be available for download. Download it to your Mac as a MOV file.
Easy to use
Several conversion settings options
Subtitles can be added to the video
Your files are not private, especially during the upload and download processes
Conversion can take a long time if the file is large
No editing options
This is another popular online platform for GIF to video (Mac) conversion. It doesn't have as many features as CloudConvert but it's useful when you have a short GIF to convert to video.
Convert short GIFs
Several other GIF editing tools available
Easy to use
How to Convert GIF to Video (Mac) with EZgif
Step 1: Go to the EZgif URL for GIF to MP4 conversion
Step 2:Upload your file using Choose File and Upload buttons on the screen.
Step 3:You can now directly click the Convert to MP4 button or use one of the tools in the editing panel to modify the GIF. When you're done, click the small Convert button right below the preview.
Simple enough for beginners
No complex settings to confuse you
Output limited to MP4 only (no MOV option)
Doesn't handle large files
The third tool we're showcasing for the GIF to video Mac conversion is Convertio, another online tool that's absolutely free.
Several dozen input and output files supported
Chrome extension optional
Advanced settings for video and audio
How to Convert GIF to Video on Mac with Convertio
Step 1: Go to the Convertio URL for GIF to MP4 conversion.
Step 2: Set your video and audio preferences if you need to, or leave the default values as they are
Step 3:Click Choose Files to import your GIF.
Step 4:Click Convert
Step 5: Use the Download button to save your file to your Mac
Multiple upload methods
Chrome extension makes it easier to access when on any site
Security concerns during upload and download
100MB file size limit if you don't sign up
Part 3: 3 Popular iOS Apps to Help You Change GIF to Video on iPhone
iPhone users have the benefit of using some really good GIF to video conversion and sharing apps on the App Store. Here are three of the best we're seen.
1. GIF Cracker
GIF Cracker is an awesome tool that converts GIF to video, GIF to image, and GIF to encoded GIF with new options. The settings are important because you'll need to set the Loop to your desired number from the default value of 1; otherwise, it will just play once and that's it. Another possible glitch is that you may not be able to access the Camera Roll in some cases. If you have that issue, just go to Settings → Privacy → Photos and enable the app's privileges.
Multiple ways to convert GIF
Edit GIF attributes prior to conversion
Built-in GIF viewer
How to Use GIF Cracker to Convert GIF to Video on iPhone
Step 1: Open the app and select the GIF from your Camera Roll.
Step 2:On the next page, set your options for the conversion, such as frame range, speed, loop count, size, flip, rotate, filters, etc. You can see the sequence of frames in a list near the bottom of your screen.
Step 3: When you're done, tap Start Conversion. When it's ready, it will be saved to your Camera Roll.