How to Make a Video "GIF"

It seems to be all the rage these days.

A video “gif” is a silent video embedded to a site in loop mode. I guess the audio is an optional thing but most go without it.

Step One: Prepare the video file

Use your favorite video editor to trim your video down to just a few seconds. To be an awesome looping “gif”, try your best to make it look seamless. I used kdenlive but almost any modern video editor will work. Render it out to either mp4 (h264) or webm (vp8) or both if you’d like to keep compatibility.

Step Two: The Code

It’s pretty easy. This even works on WordPress.

<video autoplay="autoplay" loop="loop" width="480" height="480">
  <source src="loop.webm" type="video/webm" />
</video>

If you want to add support for h264.

<video autoplay="autoplay" loop="loop" width="480" height="480">
  <source src="loop.webm" type="video/webm" />
  <source src="loop.mp4" type="video/mp4" />
</video>

Enjoy your creation!

Now obviously I don’t expect everyones to be as awesome as mine but I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

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