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How to Make An Animated GIF of Your Screen Easily

Jane Zhou Updated on Nov 09, 2021| min read

Sometimes you may watch an interesting movie and want to share with your friends some clips quickly, then capturing the screen into GIF is a nice option, as GIF is smaller for sending.

However, it is not an easy task to screen record to GIF without a professional GIF recorder. Given that, we will share with you some animated GIF screen capture software, and also walk you through the steps to record a GIF on Windows, Mac, and even online.

Top 5 Animated GIF Screen Capture Software

How to Screen Record to GIF with EaseUS RecExperts - Win/Mac

EaseUS RecExperts is an excellent GIF maker for screen capture, and using it, you can capture anything into a GIF on your screen quickly with a few simple clicks. Beyond that, it is also a great screen recorder that enables you to do any screen recording activities on your Windows or Mac computer, including capturing live streams, online conferences, TV shows, etc.

Moreover, this program provides many output formats, like MP4, MOV, GIF, etc., and you can choose the desired one based on your needs. Also, for the recorded footage, you can trim, and Intro/Outro, or some other elements to it with this versatile software.

Highlights:

  • Best for both beginners and professionals
  • Enable you to record streaming video/audio, webcam, and gameplay with high-quality output
  • Support auto-start, auto-stop, and auto-split functions
  • Allow taking screenshots on your computer with one click or hotkey.
  • Let you extract audio from the recorded video easily 

To help you use it better, we offer you detailed tutorials here to capture your screen into GIF.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts and click the "Settings" button on the main interface. Then choose the output folder and set the video format as GIF. Don't forget to select the appropriate frame rate and quality.

Select format as gif

Step 2. There are more options on the "Advanced" tab. To get the GIFs easily, you can set hotkeys to start/stop recording, pause/resume recording, and capture screenshots. Finally, click on "OK" and go back to the main interface.

Adjust hot key

Step 3. Two options are available for you to customize the recording area, "Full Screen" is for full-screen recording, while "Region" is for capturing a part of the screen. After choosing an appropriate recording area, click on the big red button "REC" to start recording the GIF.

Select recorded area

(Optional) If you want to repeat the recording task, "Task Scheduler" is exactly what you want. Select it on the main interface and tap on "+ New Task" to create a new task. It's possible for you to set the start time and duration of the recording freely.

task scheduler

Step 4. Once the recording started, a floating toolbar will appear. Click on the red button to stop recording, and the captured GIFs will be stored on your PC.

recording toolbar

Top 4 GIF Screen Capure Alternatives to EaseUS RecExperts

Apart from RecExperts, there are still many GIF maker screen capture software available on the market. So, in this part, you will learn some other popular animated GIF screen capture software, including offline and online programs.

#1. LICEcap

LICEcap is an intuitive but flexible program for you to make a GIF from your screen. It is compatible with Windows and macOS, and can help you capture an area of your desktop and save it directly to .gif or .lcf.

Besides, it offers you options to set the hotkeys to use it better. While recording, you can move the screen capture frame and adjust the recording frame according to your needs.

Record a GIF on Mac

Step 1. Download and install LICEcap on your computer. Once done, open this software.

Step 2. Play the videos that you want to record to a GIF and place the LICEcap frame close to the window conveniently. Then drag the LICEcap over the video.

Step 3. Click the Record button to start recording and click the Stop button after 5 seconds. A few moments later, your GIF will have been created.

#2. GIPHY Capture

GIPHY Capture is a good way to capture your screen to GIF on Mac. This GIF maker is simple and easy enough for pretty much anyone.

It allows you to capture GIFs up to 30 seconds of a video. Apart from that, you can adjust the frame rate and animated captions rate to your liking. Once done, you can directly email your friends your favorite videos as GIFs.

Record a GIF on Mac

Step 1. Download GIPHY Capture from the Mac App Store and open it on your Mac computer.

Step 2. After launching this software, you will see a green square that appears on the screen. Then play the video that you want to record a GIF from and rearrange the box to fit the video appropriately.

Step 3. When you are ready, you can click "Start Recording" to start creating the GIF.

Step 4. Once your GIF has been captured, click the GIPHY Capture logo in the Menu Bar and select your GIF. Here you can resize or trim the recorded GIF as you like. Finally, you can export the GIF and save it on your computer.

#3. Gifcap

Gifcap is an online tool that can help you capture your screen and save it as a GIF. It is easy to use and completely free for anyone. Using it, you do not need to upload data from your computer. To record a GIF, there are only three simple steps. let's take a look at the tutorials below.

Step 1. Go to the website and click the "Start Recording" button on the main interface.

Step 2. Choose the area that you want to record as a GIF. Here you can choose the full screen, application window, or the Chrome Tab, then click the "Share" button. Make sure to choose the appropriate one.

Create a GIF online

Step 3. Once done, click on the "Stop Recording" option, and you can preview the recording later. If you are satisfied with it, click on the "Render" button. After that, you can choose to edit the recording or download it to your computer.

#4. Capture to a Gif

Capture to a Gif is another online GIF maker for screen capture for you to turn screen recording into GIF. You do not need to download and install any third-party software on your computer. Recording a GIF with this Chrome extension, there will be no watermark on the recorded GIFs.

Step 1. Choose the video element that you want to record on your computer.

Step 2. After selecting the element, you can press Enter key to start recording and hit the Enter key again to finish recording.

Record a GIF online

Step 3. You will see the Generator page, and it will auto-generate the GIF picture. After that, click the Save button to save the GIF on your computer.

Conclusion

We have introduced some GIF recorder software on this page and detailed how to use them to record a GIF with a step-by-step tutorial. You can pick anyone to complete the task on your computer effortlessly.

If you prefer the desktop program, EaseUS RecExperts is your best choice. It can meet all your recording needs with simple clicks. Now download it to explore more features about it.

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author Jane Zhou

Jane Zhou

Jane is an experienced editor for EaseUS focused on tech blog writing. Familiar with all kinds of video editing and screen recording software on the market, she specializes in composing posts about recording and editing videos. All the topics she chooses are aimed at providing more instructive information to users.

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