YouTube adds automatic GIF creation tool to share options

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Ever feel like the internet has gone full circle? After living through the 90s and early 2000s when high quality videos on the internet were just a distant dream, even though we can now stream in 4K, the whole world has gone GIF crazy again.

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Pandering to this trend, YouTube has added an intriguing new “GIF” option to the sharing menu on a number of popular videos – presumably testing it ahead of a broader rollout to everything.

The new tool lets you select contiguous segments of videos up to five seconds in length, which you can chop out and turn into a GIF. You can even overlay text on to the images, instantly creating memes.

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When GIFs are created, YouTube even gives you both a direct link to the file or a YouTube-style embed code – as well as a plethora of sharing links.

James O’Malley

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