YouTube is an online video sharing platform filled with all kinds of content that can inspire the creative process. At Motionbox we make it easy for you to repurpose YouTube content as long as you have the correct permissions. If you're a business owner or creator who posts on YouTube we provide the tools to make repurposing your content easier. You can convert your YouTube videos to gif and many other formats. Within our editor you can even edit YouTube videos.
GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format and is a bitmap image format. GIFs were initally released in 1987 on June 15th. The reason this format is so popular is because of it's portability on the internet. It supports animations and a separate palette of up to 256 colors for each frame. You may know GIFs today as the main medium for many popular online memes. While GIFs don't support audio or long video files, they might be a good format to convert a video into if you're trying to make a short GIF based meme that loops itself. You can also edit clips inside the Motionbox editor to make cool GIF based memes.
Simply drag and drop your YouTube file within the upload zone above. Alternatively you can click the big blue button that says "Upload File". If your file is not of YouTube type, then the system will automatically detect the file for you.
Once your YouTube video is uploaded (it doesn't have to be YouTube, we will automatically detect the format if it's different), you will see a progress bar.
In a matter of seconds (typically) you will see the video, with it's metadata on the right. At the top of the metadata you will see a format dropdown button. The default will be gif, but you can change the format on the fly, once you're happy, you can click the convert button.
Give it a few minutes to convert your YouTube file into gif (or which ever formats you have defined). Depending on your settings and the output format it could take a moment.
Be patient on this step, you can enter your email if you would like to get a downloadable link when it is ready. This is nice if you need to leave and get a link while on the go. When it's done you will have a free gif file that you can download with no strings attached. If you would like to edit the video, then Motionbox has an awesome video editor for you.
Depending on your purposes a YouTube file may need to be converted to a gif file for compatibility purposes.
Your file might not be supported by the device you are trying to add the file to. The Motionbox video converter tool is the perfect solution to make your files compatible with what ever device you are trying to upload your video on.
The pefect example is social media, typically the best format is MP4 (with H.264 or H.265 codecs) for sites like Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter, YouTube, etc. So if you are converting your YouTube file for social media, we recommend MP4but you are free to convert it to gif if you know what you are doing.
We highly encourage you to try our amazing video editing tool -- it's free. Since Motionbox is browser based we have found some issues with uploading MOV videos, so one thing you can try if you have issues with MOV is to convert it using our free converter.
Then afterwards you can click "edit video" after the conversion process to import the video directly into our tool.
This is not exclusive to MOV files, you can take YouTube files and convert them to gif or any other imaginable video formats out there. Generally your best bet will be MP4 for our editor, and for other tools/apps.
You can do so much more with Motionbox beyond converting YouTube to gif. Motionbox is the ultimate online video editor that enables teams to collaborate on video editing, from the design team, to the copywriters, and CMOs. We make it easy for your team to add subtitles, adjust videos, slice videos, add keyframe animations, and so much more.