Are you looking for a new and engaging way to target your audience? Do you need to do it in as little time as possible?
I have something that will help solve your problem: turning YouTube videos into GIFs (short for Graphics Interchange Format). And unofficially short for a smart tactic that will boost your engagement, help your audience retain your message, and win you major cool points for standing out.
If you’re creating content for a client or for your own brand, here’s why should you take the time to make your YouTube videos into a GIF: they can dramatically increase your website traffic, make your brand relevant, and convert passive skimmers into brand loyal fans.
And I’m not just saying this. Renowned brands like Blue Apron are using GIFs to repurpose long-form content, into bite-size consumable content that tells a visual story much faster than a video could, which is a pivotal marketing tactic in the attention economy. The GIF below offers another perspective to what would perhaps be a five minute recipe video or blog post.
Do you want to make your brand snazzy and trendy, too? Of course you do! I’m going to teach you how to do this using VEED’s YouTube to GIF converter -- a one-stop-shop for all your GIF needs.
VEED’s converter not only serves a platform to help you seamlessly create GIFs; it also helps you retain the audio in your videos, add new sounds, and upload a GIF to Instagram stories in a really simple way.
In this post, we’ll go over:
If you’re a content creator who makes your own YouTube videos, or a social media manager who has permission to use your clients’ videos, VEED’s YouTube to GIF converter is for you.
I know you don’t have time to jump from website to website attempting to figure out how to add different elements, sounds, or resize your GIF. Not even Beyoncé has that many hours in a day.
Aside from it being free, this technology allows you to do everything in one place. That means you won’t have to spend countless hours on the internet looking for a GIF generator, or looking up how to add music to your GIF (which we will get to very soon).
But first, here’s how to convert your YouTube video into a GIF:
VEED’s converter allows you to do the following:
In the example below, I’ve used auto subtitles, added text and image filters, and I’ve sped up the GIF to 1.5x.
How does VEED’s YouTube to GIF converter differ from other GIF platforms?
VEED is making it easy for users to add sounds to GIFs or copy them directly to Instagram stories (a tutorial on that is coming up in about one minute from now). Plus, users can format the GIF size to fit different platforms like YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and LinkedIn. You’re welcome!
How to Turn a YouTube Video into a GIF with Sound
Audio can be a game-changer if you’re leveraging the buzz of a trendy new song, which should be part of your growth strategy. Some of the highest ranking songs of all time started off as viral TikTok videos. Think WAP by Cardi B and the revival of Dreams by Fleetwood Mac.
Using VEED’s converter you’ll have the option to retain your original sound or add a new sound or song to your GIF. Here’s how to do it:
How to Paste Your YouTube GIF to Instagram
If you’ve seen content creators include GIFs of themselves on their stories and think Giphy is the only way to do it… think again! You could technically login to Giphy, take the time to make an account, upload a GIF, wait for it to upload, realize there’s something you want to change, go back to the drawing board… OR you can copy and paste like I’m about to show you (that sounds a lot better, right?!).
Simplify your content making process by:
It should look like this on Instagram:
Now, you might be asking yourself how you can use GIFs to make your Instagram stories more engaging or convert sales. Well, the sky's the limit! But here are ideas to get you started:
You can also turn any other video file you have into a GIF - not only a YouTube video. Here’s how:
Now that you know all about the technicalities of GIF-making, let’s get the creative juices flowing. You might have an idea you want to execute right now (probably why you’re reading this), but there will come a time in your content creation journey when you’ll feel like Tom Hanks in Cast Away, lost in the internet sea, screaming out for Wilson -- Wilson being a creative idea to win brownie points from your clients.
Don’t worry, it happens to all of us. That’s why I’ve got your back with evergreen GIF ideas you can always turn to.
Think about the product you have and the ways in which it has multiple uses. If you’re selling a service, consider three easy steps you can teach others that will direct them back to your website. It can even be a grammar lesson like Ross taught Rachel in Friends when they were “on a break.”
It’s time to put your knowledge into practice!
Take advantage of VEED’s YouTube to GIF converter if you want to repurpose videos you’ve already worked hard at into bite-size content. Users love using our converter because it provides an all-in-one solution to roadblocks like adding sound and text to GIFs. Plus, the interface is user-friendly, which means you don’t have to be a tech-wiz or, frankly, know much about technology to use it.
The best part is it helps content creators and social media managers, who wear all the hats in a company, save time by repurposing content in a dynamic way, and save money by using a free tool to do so.
Written by: Suanny Garcia