YouTube Testing Out Native Gif Maker: Easily Turn YouTube Video Clips Into Gifs On Channels Like ERB, VlogBrothers

By Connor Sears , Updated Dec 12, 2014 01:22 PM EST

YouTube is testing out a new feature that allows users to easily create and caption gifs of YouTube videos. You can try it out now if you find one of the channels that supports it.

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On some of the site's more popular and established channels, YouTube users might now find that the "Share" button at the bottom of videos now includes an additional option: "GIF." The easy to use interface allows you to pick two timestamps to serve as the beginning and end points of your gif (fine-tuned to tenths of a second for added control), though it looks like the maximum gif length is set to six seconds. Once you've picked out your time frame, just click "Create GIF," and YouTube will generate a link for your new animated image file.

The gif creator also allows you to insert captions either on the top or bottom (or both) of your gif. Your captions look to be able to be as long as you want them to be, as long as you don't mind them getting smaller and smaller as you write more.

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So far, the feature seems limited to a special group of popular and established YouTubers. Gizmodo also found that the feature includes a sign-up page where YouTube content creators can try to get into the beta. Epic Rap Battles of History, Vsauce, Good Mythical Morning, The Idea Channel and Vlogbrothers all seem to be the test dummies for the new feature, but let us know if you start finding any more.

(Thanks, Engadget)

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