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How to Turn Your Camera Clip Into a GIF

Dashia Starr
Updated Feb 28, 2020

Want to share that funny clip your security camera caught? Easy – just turn it into a GIF. It’s a short, sweet way to share the big moment in a matter of seconds. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to get you going: 

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making a GIF

There’s no one way to make a GIF from your footage. But, the easiest way to make one is to use your smartphone. Let’s get started:

  • 1

    Download Your Video

    If you have access to your camera footage on your smartphone, start by downloading the video from your security camera’s app. 

  • 2

    Choose an App

    Next, choose a trusted app to create your GIF. Here are a few popular ones we recommend:


    GIF Maker 

    GIF Toaster

    If you’re downloading your video to your computer from an SD card or website there are a few websites you can try:




    The next few steps are generally what you should expect once you’ve narrowed down your app.

  • 3

    Pick Your Favorite Clip

    The app will give you the option to create a new GIF in the moment or to choose a video from your camera roll. In this case, choose the video you downloaded. 

  • 4

    Edit It

    Once you’ve uploaded your video, you’ll have the option to fast forward and rewind the video to time the moment just right for your GIF. You’ll also have the option to add filters and special effects for an enhanced look.

  • 5

    Save & Share

    Lastly, save it, download it and share it on social. Be sure to tag us on social media @Safetycom on Twitter for us to see your favorite moments that your camera captured. 

Home Security Writer

Dashia Starr

Dashia researches and writes on all things home automation and security. She focuses on the latest news, products, and providers to share only the best with you.

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