Ever wondered how to convert video to animated Gifs? Vidgiffy, a free app for Windows 8 devices does just that. This app is great for beginners who just want to learn the ropes without all of the complex features of the more advanced animation software programs.
On the app’s home screen, you’ll find three tiles. One takes you to the video editing screen. The second one stores recent Gifs, and the third one includes a YouTube tutorial on how to use Vidgiffy.
Everything you need is right on the screen. There are no hidden settings or buttons in the taskbar or Windows Settings menu.
For those totally new to this type of thing, it might help to have a sample video file to play around with that comes with the app right out of the box. A text-based tutorial might also be helpful so that someone can refer to it quickly while editing.
To get started, you need a video file somewhere on your computer or Windows 8 mobile device. Upload that video file to the app’s video editing screen. As you play the video, you can capture an image by hitting the “Capture Gif” button. You can select portions of the screen to animate and add captions. You can also adjust the colors and resolution of the Gif.
I am really impressed with how clean and simple the user interface is. No extra bells and whistles cluttering up the screen. Since Vidgiffy is free, it relies on ads for support, but the ads are small and subtle enough that they don’t interfere with the overall look and feel.
The video editing buttons are large and easy to see, and are labeled so that their functions are intuitive. The yellow background on the home screen is a little bright though.
Vidgiffy has great ratings so far. Nicely done, especially for a free app!