Instagiffer is a tool which can build animated GIFs from YouTube clips, videos and more.

The process starts by selecting whatever source material you want to use.

Next, you must define the section of the video which you'd like to export as a GIF. This is a little more awkward than in some of the competition, as you can't just set Start and End points on a timeline; instead you must find the start point, then choose a duration, and fine tune to get the results you need.

Still, once you've managed to select the right area, things improve considerably. Setting factors like frame size and playback rate, brightness or quality is as easy as dragging a few sliders; you can apply various effects (Enhance, Sepia, Colour Fade, Oil Painting, more), add a caption in a click or two, and clicking "Create GIF!" will then build your finished animation.

Instagiffer 1.70 brings:

New features:

- Webm and Mp4 support (File -> Change Save Location… and add .webm or .mp4 extension to activate)
- Add sound to your “GIFs”
- If you add sound, it will default from gif to mp4
- When adding sounds, you can use a local file or you can specify a URL such as a Youtube link, and the mp3/mp4/aac will be downloaded
- Specify the start time in mm:ss.000 format
- Android users can upload .webm files to Vine. Make sure video is 480x480. Not sure about Iphone. Please help us test this.
- Added opacity control to logo configuration dialog
- Other goodies only available via instagiffer.conf include individual frame timing, more social media warnings, and leveraging transparency when cinemagraphing
Bug fixes:

- Properly handle anamorphic (non-square pixel) videos. You may have noticed that some videos were horizontally squished. This has been corrected.

Verdict

Instagiffer doesn't make it easy to select frames or preview the finished clip. You do get a lot of low-level controls, though, and it can help you to produce some excellent animations.