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Screencapture and animated gifs

Screencapture and animated gifs

I say "animated gif" but in reality I think it's irresponsible to be serving "real" GIF files to people now. You should be serving gfy's, gifv's, webm, mp4s, whatever. They're a fraction of the filesize making it easier for you to deliver high fidelity, full color animation very quickly, especially on bad mobile connections. (But I suppose if you're just doing this for small audiences (like bug reporting), then LICEcap is a good solution).

Capturing (Easy)

  1. Launch quicktime player
  2. do Screen recording

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  1. hit the button

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  1. you can chose to record entire screen or a portion by dragging:
  2. do that then record and hit the stop button in the top taskbar.
  • You can then Trim the video in quicktime with cmd-t.
  1. File > "Save…". Save that shit.

Capturing (Pro)

  1. Use Screenflow. It can do 60fps and do all sorts of annotations beyond the basic clicks that Quicktime will capture.

Making an animated gif (easy)

  1. Go to gfycat and drag your mov file onto it. image
  2. get the embed code and use the iframe
![2014-10-22 11_35_09](https://cloud.githubusercontent.com/assets/39191/4741874/9890757a-5a1a-11e4-9a71-3f64bd66b7ab.gif)

Really, use the iframe. It'll give you better perf and will load way faster for your users.

If you really want a GIF file (terrible), then click the "GIF" icon. It's sweet to let them do the work for us.


However if you want to make the gif on your own.. continue.

Making an animated gif (cheater)

Use an app called GIFBrewery but it costs money and is a little weird to configure. But it works. Run it through imageoptim after.

Making an animated gif (pro)

(This path is for people comfortable with homebrew and dotfiles.)

  1. Grab gifify from @SlexAxton's gist: https://gist.github.com/SlexAxton/4989674 and toss it into your dotfiles somewhre
  2. Make sure you have the dependencies: brew install ffmpeg gifsicle imagemagick
  3. Run it with gifify yourvideo.mov --good
  4. Run the image through imageoptim after.
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altryne Oct 23, 2014

How about http://recordit.co/?
It has a nice interface, just select an area and record.
The Framerate is low on the free account, but it works.

altryne commented Oct 23, 2014

How about http://recordit.co/?
It has a nice interface, just select an area and record.
The Framerate is low on the free account, but it works.

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gokulkrishh Oct 23, 2014

Hey paul, Just thought it would be great if you add the same for ubuntu. Below is the instruction.

For Ubuntu

Type the following command in ubuntu terminal

  1. sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:fossfreedom/byzanz
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get install -y byzanz

Record the screen and save the file as gif

byzanz-record --duration=15 --x=400 --y=400 --width=800 --height=600 filename.gif

To record a full screen, just type

byzanz-record --duration=30 filename.gif

for more option

byzanz-record --help

Hey paul, Just thought it would be great if you add the same for ubuntu. Below is the instruction.

For Ubuntu

Type the following command in ubuntu terminal

  1. sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:fossfreedom/byzanz
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get install -y byzanz

Record the screen and save the file as gif

byzanz-record --duration=15 --x=400 --y=400 --width=800 --height=600 filename.gif

To record a full screen, just type

byzanz-record --duration=30 filename.gif

for more option

byzanz-record --help

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nwinkler Oct 23, 2014

I've added the gifify function to my bash-it fork: nwinkler/bash-it@e4bdad6

Awesome work!

I've added the gifify function to my bash-it fork: nwinkler/bash-it@e4bdad6

Awesome work!

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mhauken Oct 23, 2014

You also have LICEcap which is a great alternative..

mhauken commented Oct 23, 2014

You also have LICEcap which is a great alternative..

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juanbrujo Oct 23, 2014

I use GifGrabber, great tool and lightweight (Mac OSX)

I use GifGrabber, great tool and lightweight (Mac OSX)

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xdumaine Oct 23, 2014

+1 for LICEcap

+1 for LICEcap

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n1k0 Oct 25, 2014

Another vote for LICEcap

n1k0 commented Oct 25, 2014

Another vote for LICEcap

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so0k May 1, 2015

LICEcap because it supports windows (sorry)

so0k commented May 1, 2015

LICEcap because it supports windows (sorry)

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jgomo3 May 13, 2016

@gokulkrishh thank you for the info on Linux.

jgomo3 commented May 13, 2016

@gokulkrishh thank you for the info on Linux.

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apokusin Jun 7, 2016

Droplr let's you record your screen and immediately uploads the GIF to a short URL. I use it for all my screenshots and caps.

apokusin commented Jun 7, 2016

Droplr let's you record your screen and immediately uploads the GIF to a short URL. I use it for all my screenshots and caps.

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Kilims Nov 3, 2016

Can you provide a version that I can use directly on windows?(green edition)Thanks deeply if you can.I love this tool

Kilims commented Nov 3, 2016

Can you provide a version that I can use directly on windows?(green edition)Thanks deeply if you can.I love this tool

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scotcha1 Nov 29, 2016

This is really cool, nice work. It's probably a few too many steps to really get used to though. CloudApp has a desktop app for both Mac and Windows, supports native screenshot annotation, GIF creation, HD video with sound, drag and drop file support, and uploads it all to a short URL to share. Cuts all those steps down to capture + share.

This is really cool, nice work. It's probably a few too many steps to really get used to though. CloudApp has a desktop app for both Mac and Windows, supports native screenshot annotation, GIF creation, HD video with sound, drag and drop file support, and uploads it all to a short URL to share. Cuts all those steps down to capture + share.

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paulohenriquesg Aug 7, 2017

GIFBrewery is free now :)

GIFBrewery is free now :)

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tuanphpvn Nov 8, 2017

Thanks.

Ubuntu 16.04 work too.

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg gifsicle imagemagick
gifify yourvideo.mp4 --good

Thanks.

Ubuntu 16.04 work too.

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg gifsicle imagemagick
gifify yourvideo.mp4 --good
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