How can I make an animated GIF from recorded screen activity? For example, this GIF that I found is remarkably small:

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NOTE : As pointed out by @richard's comment, this answer is outdated. 'All-in-one' alternatives in other answer and comment below.

There is no free "All-in-one solution" for screen recording in gif. You can use any screen recorder to capture in video format and then use some tools to convert video file to gif.

One possible solution:

  1. Use CamStudio Portable to record your screen activities to AVI.

  2. Use VirtualDubMod to convert the AVI to a sequence of images (PNG).

  3. Use Easy Graphic Converter to convert the PNGs to GIFs.

  4. Use UnFREEz to create an animated GIF from the images.

Source: Screen recording in animated .gif format.

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    This answer is out of date, there are at least two all-in-one solutions: licecap and ScreenToGif.
    – Richard
    Oct 2, 2018 at 21:39
  • @Richard - Thanks Richard, I added a note. I hope that helps.
    – Ankit
    Oct 3, 2018 at 7:48

ScreenToGif is a free app for Windows to record directly to an animated GIF.

You simply have to position the transparent window above the content you wish to record and then it provides the necessary tools to remove frames, adjust the animation speed and add overlays.

  • This works well. AVI files it produces should probably be converted in VLC for better space efficiency. Jul 12, 2016 at 16:33
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    ScreenToGIF already produces GIF's... It's capable of saving the GIF's as AVI's, but I'm not sure why one would do that with the intention of converting it back, plus the GIF's are already extremely efficient.
    – ashleedawg
    Jan 24, 2018 at 11:53

I have had good results with FastStone Capture (saves as WMV), combined with Movie to Animated GIF Converter. An online conversion site such as http://www.video2gif.net may also help.

Edit: If I'm not mistaken, Camtasia Studio (not the same as CamStudio) can output recordings as animated GIFs directly.


Another alternative is to use ShareX (for Windows). It has a lot of screen capture tools and one of which is to capture screen activity in GIF format.

Here's a GIF that I captured using ShareX on the main ShareX window: ShareX GIF capture

The only thing missing is the feature to add overlays to the rendered GIFs, if you want that you can use ScreenToGif as stated in this answer.

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