How to make a YouTube GIF in seconds

Animated GIFIf you were somewhat coherent in the late 80s and early 90s, then you’ve probably seen a GIF (or Graphics Interchange Format) graphic on the web. It’s the animated graphic that looks like it’s from said period and just loops, and loops and loops into eternity. The GIF (pronounced ‘jiff’, but I’ll never stop calling it ‘giff’) was created in 1987 by Compuserve and only grew in popularity…then seemed to disappear.

Well, we all know that the format has made a huge comeback. And now you can make a YouTube GIF in seconds with this handle little trick.

How to make a YouTube GIF in seconds

YouTube doesn’t currently allow you to make a GIF from it’s platform, so others have stepped in to give you the option. There is really just one, simple step do accomplishing this. Add the word gif just before the word youtube in the URL. It’s that simple.

Let me show you. I created a short video of my cat Scarlett helping me clean the kitchen last year (I had time of my hands…what can I say?). Here is the link:


By adding the word gif just before the word youtube, you are sent to a new site that does the work for you (genius move by the creators of the website that creates these GIF videos).


Speaking of GIF’s…here is how you do it:


Here is what I get next. In the settings you can add a title. Click the scrubber bar to the time you want the video to start, select the GIF length and click Create GIF. That’s it. You’re good to go.


How to make a YouTube GIF: The Result

The final result is a beautifully created GIF you took you seconds to make. You can always use other programs that can do the same thing, but those take time and you have to fidget with a number of steps. This process took no time at all and if you still love the GIF’s of the late 80s and early 90s, you can relive the experience over…and over…and over again.

Scarlett the Cat

Scarlett will forever stay young and never catch the paper towel as long as the earth continues to spin. Sad, really.

Send us your best GIF’s or post in the comments. If you have any questions, drop us a line.


Josh Benson

Josh Benson

Josh is the Editor of GeekLift.com and supreme geek to boot. He spends much of his time learning new software, coding languages, gadgets and more. He loves helping people figure out tech problems - big or small. Josh is a former television news anchor and tech reporter. He spends his days developing websites and producing videos.

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