For years, people have asked me how they can make #EduGIFs like mine. When I respond and say “I make them in Camtasia,” there’s normally a 2-3 minute delay while they look up the cost of Camtasia. Then, there’s another question:
“Any less expensive options?”
Camtasia is a fantastic piece of software and is 100% worth the cost if you plan to use it a lot. For video creators, I highly recommend it. But I understand why people are looking for a less expensive choice. Unfortunately, I’ve never had a great answer for them. While I have this post that goes over alternative options, none of the free or low-cost options allow much editing. In that very same post, I go over some of the things that I value in Camtasia, and as you can see, the other tools have few (if any) of those features.
Well, now I’ve got a new tool to suggest. If you have a WeVideo for Education account (they’re currently free until 6-30-2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic school closures), you can now make GIFs within WeVideo!!
Check it out in the #EduGIF below and then, under the GIF, I’ll share some of my thoughts on this new option.
I made an update to my Comparing GIF Creation Options blog post to include some options that I’ve discovered over the last 9 months as well as a conclusion where I make recommendations based on your needs and situation. Check it out at the link below!
You may have noticed: I create lots of GIFs.
You may have wondered: how does Jake make his GIFs?
I ❤️ the functionality of creating them in Camtasia 2 for Mac. Under Advanced Export is an option for “Animated GIF.” It’s pretty much that simple….
However, if you choose to do this, you want to put some thought into how & where you plan to use your GIF. Certain platforms have time & file size limits for GIFs. Others do not. Twitter, for example, limits GIFs to 5 MB. To obtain the perfect balance between high quality image and low enough file size, I leave the settings all of the way up and then nudge them down until I hit something just a hair under 5 MB. I prefer the frame rate at 30 and won’t go below 20. If a frame rate of 20 doesn’t get me low enough, I decrease the dimensions. If needed, I even use custom dimensions to hit that sweet spot of quality-file size. (More content after GIF)
Twitter doesn’t appear to have a limit for the time length of the GIF. However, the longer the GIF, the higher the file size. So, I cut my GIF’s at 20 seconds. That was always the limit for GIFs in the SnagIt extension, and it seems like a good number, so I go with it. To hit this limit, I increase the speed of my videos to get them right to 20 seconds.
(When I last checked, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers received Camtasia for free. If you’re not eligible for that I believe it’s well worth the actual education price.)