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Something I've wanted for a while was an easy way to make simple gif animations or videos of small sections of my screen. Thankfully, gifine [github] has come along and seems to fit my needs perfectly.

The tool is built by 'leafo' who runs and as usual (they do a lot of open stuff!) it's totally open source under the MIT license.

It's so damn simple to use which is why I love it! You draw a box on the screen and record away, then you can adjust the frames and export it to a gif or an MP4. It's simple and does the job.

Here's a small example of the fun that awaits you:

It could be incredibly useful for small snippets for games, tutorials and so on.

It would be fun to see some more people hack away at it and make it more stable, have more little features and so on. Article taken from
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Armand Raynal 27 Dec, 2016
*FLOSS plz, not open source.
Linas 27 Dec, 2016
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I just felt a sudden urge to animate stuff. :)
Xicronic 27 Dec, 2016
I wish it also did webm. GIFs are going out the door
Neat it looks like it even has the gif optimization built right into the exporting. That goes a long way in making the program ridiculously easy to use and provides an actually useful result. Took me a while to figure out why my gif's were coming out so crappy and this software seems to take that issue right out of the equation.
tuubi 27 Dec, 2016
Quoting: XicronicI wish it also did webm. GIFs are going out the door
Yeah, GIF is ancient and unnecessarily limited. Does the job though. Anyway, you can convert the result to webm or whatever with some ffmpeg magic if you don't mind the added lossy compression.
wolfyrion 27 Dec, 2016
Snowdrake 27 Dec, 2016
Nice, I'll give this a try.
In the meantime, for all my gif needs, I'm still using ffmpeg + imagemagick
ffmpeg -i someinput.file -r 14 -vf scale=320:-1 -f image2pipe -vcodec ppm - | convert -delay 7 -loop 0 - output.gif
Or even, ffmpeg alone :
ffmpeg -i someinput.file -vf scale=320:-1 -r 12 output.gif
slaapliedje 27 Dec, 2016
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Quoting: XicronicI wish it also did webm. GIFs are going out the door

For those that use gnome-shell, I believe this functionality is built in.

Ironically one of the features of the Note 7 was to be able to make animated gifs by selecting a portion of your screen.

edit: Control+Alt+Shift+R is the keyboard shortcut for the gnome-shell screencast. Doesn't seem to be there currently for Debian Sid though, but then Gnome updated it's keyboard shortcuts dialog for 3.22.

Last edited by slaapliedje on 28 December 2016 at 12:09 am UTC
HJ 27 Dec, 2016
For gifs I prefer QGifer, even though it's a bit outdated and visually fails many times it's still the best thing to make gifs from video i've ever seen.
GustyGhost 28 Dec, 2016
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