How To Make Animated GIFs From Movies On Your Mac

Remember animated GIFs? Back in the day, before Flash advertising, animated GIFs were all the rage. They’re back, baby. In a crazy, loopy, but interesting way.

GIFBrewery is a Mac app that coverts movie clips to animated GIFs.

No more Photoshop. No more extracting frames from iMovie. Just drop your movie clip onto GIFBrewery, change a few settings, and you’re good to go.


GIFBrewery converts video clips into small GIF files. You can set the start and end time for each GIF image, including the number of frames, and the speed of the image.


You can set the number of loops in the controls, resize the GIF image on the fly, even add a few of Apple’s Core Image filters (Sepia, Color Correction, etc.).

The whole process is non-destructive to the original video file. Your settings only apply to the GIF images.

I ran into a problem with the 3ivx QuickTime component that caused GIFBrewery to crash. Once it was removed all was well. Also, the in-app preview doesn’t obey the loop count, but running it Safari is a good way to test.

It’s been a long time since I delved into animated GIFs. This little app makes it even easier to create animation from a video clip.