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Screen Recording to GIF
license: gpl-3.0

If you haven’t already:

brew install ffmpeg gifsicle

Open QuickTime Player. File > New Screen Recording. Record. Trim as needed. Save as

First compute a good color palette:

ffmpeg -i -vf 'scale=-1:-1:flags=lanczos,palettegen' foo-palette.png

Then make your GIF:

ffmpeg -i -i foo-palette.png -filter_complex 'scale=-1:-1:flags=lanczos[x];[x][1:v]paletteuse' foo.gif

To drop frames, add fps=10, to the -filter_complex argument.

To crop, add crop=width:height:x:y, to the -filter_complex argument.

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maelp commented Dec 21, 2014

Great! Also on osX you can use although it is perhaps not scriptable from the command line :)

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davo commented Jan 29, 2015

Sorry, Mike, line 7 should not be like this?

ffmpeg -i -r 24 frames/recording-%03d.png

Anyway, great workflow... works like magic.

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mbostock commented Feb 21, 2015

@davo Yeah. I deleted the mkdir frames step to fix.

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paulklemm commented Oct 19, 2015

I really like the 5€ GIFBrewery tool for creating a gif from a movie file, because it has a bunch of handy functions build in, such as captions and conversion properties. I'm sure you can do all this with free tools, but this one is designed well and works.

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