Animated GIFs are more and more popular nowadays. There are often times when you want to turn a YouTube video into a GIF file. Perhaps you want to share funny video clip on Facebook, Reddit, INS, etc. Or maybe you want to create an awesome and interesting avatar on some website. Actually, making GIF from YouTube video is an easy task as long as you get a right tool.

There are plenty of online tools or desktop programs which you can use to convert YouTube to GIF animation. I tried some online tools but found some of them will spend long time to analyze URL, and some will have watermark on generated GIFs. So, is there any good free YouTube to GIF maker which can convert YouTube video to GIF easily? Luckily, I found it.

How to Convert YouTube Video to GIF effortlessly

VideoSolo Free Video to GIF Converter is a desktop tool which can help you convert any YouTube video into animated GIF. And you can edit the YouTube video in terms of length, area, color, frame rate, etc. to make a perfect GIF for sharing. It's really user-friendly and the whole conversion process only needs 3 easy steps: "Import YouTube Video" > "Edit the YouTube Video" > Convert YouTube Video to GIF". Better still, VideoSolo allows you to convert YouTube to GIF without watermark. If you want to add your own watermark to your creation, just go to "Watermark" option to customize it.

Tips: It not work like online GIF maker so you need download the YouTube video first.

Step 1. Add YouTube Video to VideoSolo

First, you'll need to download and install this free video to GIF converter on PC. Then open it and add YouTube video you want to make GIF from by clicking "Add Files" button.

Import Files

Step 2. Edit the YouTube Video

VideoSolo offers many editing function to help you make an awesome GIF animation. You can clip the YouTube video to proper duration, alter the brightness/contrast/hue, merge multiple videos and add watermark on it. Just click "Edit" button and do the editing you need on the pop-up editing window.

Customize the GIF Duration

Step 3. Convert YouTube to GIF

Tips: A suitable frame rate will make GIF better. The higher frame rate will cause better perceived quality and smoother playback. But it also means the file size of GIF will be large. So before conversion, choose the frame rate you like from "Setting" panel (VideoSolo offers options from 1 fps to 30 fps).

Choose Frame Rate

To start the YouTube video to GIF conversion, just click on the "Convert" button.

Convert YouTube Video to GIF

Recommendation: Online YouTube to GIF Maker

I said that the online YouTube to GIF maker has some shortcomings, which make me frustrated. But the benefit of these free online YouTube to GIF converter is that you can turn the YouTube into GIF animation with URL only. Here are some good online tools that can be helpful for you.


This online website has a tool that allows its users who love to discover, share GIFs or create their own GIFs. Simply copy and paste the URL of a YouTube video and start creating.


This is one of the largest and most popular image sharing and hosting platforms online–especially for GIFs. All you have to do is paste the URL of the video into the given field and then follow the steps to create the GIF from your chosen clip.


This online gif maker is specially designed for creating GIF animations easily. On its interface, there are several options such as "PICTURES TO GIF", "YOUTUBE TO GIF", "VIDEO TO GIF" and "WEBCAM TO GIF". And you can convert YouTube to GIF by entering the YouTube ULR you want to create your GID from.

How to Make GIF from YouTube Video by Using YouTube

Animated GIF is the best way to save time frame from the video and share it online. Because it's really easy, takes seconds and gives a lot of fun. So, many people likes sharing GIFs. As a result of the popularity of animated GIFs, YouTube rolled out its own GIF maker. However, this tool is only available on a small subset of videos. Therefore, it's not so effective.

Step 1: Go to YouTube, and open the video you'd like to turn into a GIF.

Step 2: Click "Share" button in the description box. If the video has the ability to make a GIF, you'll see a tab entitled GIF, directly to the right of Email. Select the tab and find the place you want to start the GIF.

Step 3. Enter top or bottom text in the appropriate text field, and click "Create GIF". Afterward, you'll be presented with your GIF, as well as a direct link and embed link.

Make GIF with YouTube

The steps for each method is really easy. From my opinion, I would like to use this VideoSolo Free Video to GIF Converter, because it does a good job on YouTube to GIF Conversion. The converting speed is fast and the GIF is wonderful. I strongly recommend this program!