Easy video to GIF conversion15 Aug 2016
If, like me, you’re crawling GitHub for the latest awesome UI libraries - you know how frustrating it is when the author “forgot” to insert a visual representation of its valuable work. Some are kind enough to insert a screenshot but are relying on a Youtube link - which add a lot of friction.
Since GitHub doesn’t support video embeds, we have no choice but to use GIF - and as a publisher I sporadically needed a tool able to do that seamlessly without leaving the comfort of my keyboard.
$ video2gif.sh -h Usage: video2gif.sh [OPTIONS...] <filename> Convert a video to GIF. Example: video2gif.sh -r24 -w320 -f3 video.mp4 GIF format: -r <fps>, set framerate -w <width>, set width in pixel Color optimizations: -d <size>, enable color dithering with <size> pattern -f <percent> enable color fuzzing Output selection: -o <filename>, output to <filename> Other options: -i, open folder after image extraction and before conversion
-r switch will set the desired framerate while the
-w switch will set the output width in pixels. From my own experience, a framerate between 12fps and 18fps will fit most cases. The
-r switches may shrink the resulting size further by adding some color dithering/fuzzing.
You’ll find below some outputs with varying dithering/fuzzing settings, at a fixed framerate of 15fps: