Hopefully They Laugh GIF

Original DS 106 Assignment: Subtitle GIF (3 stars)

I am starting my new job at a Marketing Firm on Tuesday (Monday is considered Memorial Day). As an associate team member, I was tasked with making a GIF that shows how I feel by the end of the work week! A lot of the people working in this firm have been in this field for years and I am looking to make something that can be #relateable. I am the first new employee they have since the COVID-19 Pandemic began. Being a work from home job, I needed to find something that is likeable to be the GIF.

Step 1: Make a GIF! One of my favorite ways of making GIF’s is on Twitter. This is a recent update that the platform uses. The biggest thing is capturing what you want the GIF of. Here is my over 2 minute struggling trying to get something.

Step 2: Save the GIF to your computer to be able to edit. Twitter does not yet provide an automatic “Save GIF” option, so we need to use https://twdownload.com/ to download it.

Step 3: Right click on the tweet and copy the “GIF address” and paste into TWDownload site.

Step 4: Save! This is saved as a MP4, which is a video file, different from a GIF file so now we need to convert back to GIF and add text.

Step 5: Open https://ezgif.com , and click on ‘Video to GIF’ since an MP4 file is a video file, click “Convert to GIF”

Step 6: In the menu below, click ‘Add text’ this allows you to add text per frame that you selected when converting.

Step 7: Save as a GIF! Rename to be easily found among other files.

Gif Grief

Gifs can speak volumes even when there are no subtitles. Sometimes you don’t need a whole text to convey an emotion, but people can always misunderstand you. So, having a gif with subtitles allows for no confusion. I knew I wanted a funny gif and this had me on the FLOOR! I just love that he takes off his sunglasses then puts his eye glasses, just to make sure that whatever he saw was real. I def would use this as a reaction to something someone tells me or if I see something online that I just can not believe was posted. My first thought was that the man in the gif is probably thinking, “Aint no way!” I remembered a video editing software called VEED that I have used in the past, has a gif option and I went on there to see how to add this subtitle. The process was as simple as adding a textbox onto these sites. I just typed what I wanted and set the duration, text size, font, and style. Now I can use this gif anytime I see something I truly can not believe with my own two eyes.

gif with subtitles tutorial

The first thing you need to do for this assignment is to find the video you want to use on YouTube.

Open up QuickTime. Click ‘File’ and ‘New Screen Recording.’

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Select the area of the screen you want to record, and click start. Save the clip.

Now, open the clip in iMovie, and click ‘Create.’  Trim the clip if you need to by sliding the little orange box to the right time. Drag the clip onto your timeline.

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Now, go to ‘Titles’ and pick one with text on the bottom third of the screen. Type in your subtitle. Then, drag the Title clip so that it’s on top of your video – this will make the text appear on top of the video.

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Click ‘Share’ and save as a file on your computer.

Now, go to Giphy.com and upload the video to convert it into a GIF. Voila!

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Subtitle GIF

Make a GIF and add subtitles! These can be real subtitles that weren’t available with the video, or not real ones that help tell your story.