Animated GIFs Are Coming To YouTube!


YouTube has been doing a lot of work on their site lately. They have been adding features that I didn’t even know I needed, but actually turned out to be pretty useful. First it was watching a video from mobile, and if you left the app, audio would continue to play. That was slightly disconcerting at first, but once I figured it out I was pretty tickled. Then we could keep videos offline on our devices, which I have yet to utilize, but will probably do so in the coming weeks. And now, ladies and gentlefolk, the holy grail of YouTube features that you didn’t know you needed, but will soon be the single most important feature on YouTube: the ability to GIFify a YouTube video AND add meme captions.

Courtesy of PBS Idea Channel
Courtesy of PBS Idea Channel

Now this feature may or may not be added to rest of YouTube, but as of now, the feature is only available on the PBS Idea Channel, so you should definitely go make a GIF over there and see how it works. You can make 6 second GIFs of your favorite segments, so I am looking forward to seeing all of the cat GIFs. ALL OF THEM.

The process is easy enough, just select the Share button and you’ll see a new GIF option. After creating it, you’re given options for a direct link for IM and email, or embed code for websites. Of course, the good old right click and open in new tab/save method works as well.

YouTube GIF Creation Interface

But let’s not get too excited, this feature isn’t official, but, maybe if we can generate some hype, YouTube will have no choice. Are you excited for this new feature? Maybe a little more than you should be? Me too.

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Last Updated on November 27, 2018.


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