iOS: Making GIFs yourself has always been a pretty involved process either made too simple to suit my desires or too complicated to be intuitive. GIF Toaster blends the best of both worlds, offering more than enough control over the GIFs you’re trying to create in an interface that’s simple to use and free of ads (if you pay).
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It’s a must have app on your iOS device and has been praised by users familiar with the apps available for GIF-building. If you ever want to make a GIF with some pro-level tools, or desire more flexibility to customise your creation just the way you want it, GIF Toaster is a more than capable tool.
How to Make a GIF
GIF Toaster shows you a list of available photos and videos you can use to make GIFs, along with conversion options for different media types like burst shots, live photos, timelapses and panoramic shots. You can convert your Animoji videos as well if your mug looks particularly funny as a talking dog.
Choose your photos or video, hit next, and use the editor to customise your GIF. You can clip the video’s length, choose the frame rate, adjust GIF speed, alter the playback direction, crop the frame, and rotate the video either horizontally or vertically. There are also filters and text banners you can add should you want to put some more flair on your creation.
You can even select GIFs already on your device and convert them into videos, still photos, videos, or live photos. What’s more, after you create a GIF, you can see all the relevant stats like framerate, length, file size, and total frames when you check the info tab.
If you need to share what’s on your device’s screen, GIF Toaster makes it easy to transform that long recording showing off your skills in Angry Birds 2 into into a short, sweet image that won’t take hours to send compared to its video source material.
GIF Toaster is free to use, but paying the $2.99 in-app purchase not only gets rid of the annoying ad at the bottom of the app, but adds features like GIF collage creation, GIF creation with unlimited resolution and an unlimited number of GIF albums to keep your creations organised.
If you want to add weird stickers and overlays to your GIFs, there are other apps available for your customising pleasure (consider Giphy, which makes it easy to add hilarious props to your animated creations), but GIF Toaster is by far the most easy to use GIF creation tool I’ve stumbled across, and features more than enough functionality to be my main GIF tool of choice.