How do I do ❌?

This will (hopefully) be a thread for us to share our knowledge. Feel free to ask questions; with any luck, another savvy Mutant will have the answers for you!

To start us off:

This is how I extract gifs using a phone/tablet. It’s probably not much different using a computer:

  • Long-press on the gif you want to grab until the bar with Copy GIF Address appears. Click on it to save the GIF address to your Clipboard.

  • Navigate to’s Video-to-GIF Converter, and paste the address into the OR paste video URL box. Hit the Upload Video! button.

  • At this point I usually play through the video to make sure the endpoint is set properly. If you like, you can also adjust the size of the graphic-- longer or larger videos tend to make larger GIFs. If you’re all set, hit the Convert to GIF! button.

  • Once the GIF is loaded, you can save it to your phone/tablet/computer in the usual way. If it winds up too large to post, you can select Resize or Optimize for compression options to make the file smaller.

Please note that this will NOT work on Twitter videos. EZGIF will generate an error message if you attempt to grab a video in this manner. There is a way to save videos, which I can post if there’s interest.


Frankly, I just clicked through to the article.


That’s even smarter! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


EZGIF is like a Swiss army knife for quick & easy manipulations.

Among other things, an uncomplicated way to convert WEBP files (which Discourse/BBS can’t handle) into a GIF or JPG.

Or to turn a mp4 video downloaded from Twitter into a GIF, including cutting the video.

Or opimize a GIF to a size under 4MB.



I freaking adore that site-- it’s terrific, and I use it a lot. It works well for captioning gifs, and it also lets you adjust a gif on a frame by frame level to rearrange or skip images as needed.


Thanks for starting this topic!

A few tips:

  • is a great reverse image search - if you want to know the origin of an image, or how old it is, or if it has been altered, tineye can do that.
  • will convert videos from one form to another for you for free.
  • Wikimedia Commons is the media library used by the Wikimedia Foundation (and by extension, Wikipedia). It is an amazing resource of images with clear rights information, if you find yourself suddenly needing to teach or create content from home and need somewhere to find pics that won’t get you in trouble from a copyright perspective.

Also good (for pictures that don’t move):

I can make a X-ALL-the-Y pic in under a minute without breaking a sweat…


BTW, it was @Melizmatic who pointed out EZGIF and PHIXR to me, and that turned out to be a gift that keeps on giving.


I wish this platform let you upload videos as well as gifs. 4 meg of video > 4 meg of gif.


Not as many options as ezgif, but good none the less.

ETA To grab a vid from Twitter, use the URL for the post it’s contained in, i.e.



When converting an animated WEBP to GIF it usually pays to invest a couple of clicks more to convert it first from WEBP into mp4 and then from mp4 into GIF.

This will:

  1. Make for a much smaller file.
  2. Prevent artefacts in the GIF.