By Hello, Resolven
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Praise from the internets:
* New and Noteworthy on Mac App Store, May 2013
* What's Hot on Mac App Store, May and June 2013
* MacWorld: 4/5, "GIF Brewery makes it a snap to convert video files into animated GIFs."
* Mac.AppStorm: 9/10, "A great app to create your own customizable animated GIFs."
* The Verge mention: "For OS X, we’ve been having fun with GIF Brewery ... It’s simple, intuitive"
* Buzzfeed article: "... impress your friends and win the hearts of many with your GIF-making prowess!"
GIF Brewery is the best video to GIF creator on Mac OS X. GIF Brewery lets you convert clips from your video files to GIFs. There is no more need for extracting frames from your movies and fiddling with Adobe Photoshop (tm). Let GIF Brewery do all the hard work for you.
See GIF Brewery in action at http://gifbrewery.com/ and http://helloresolven.com/portfolio/gifbrewery/.
* Convert clips from your videos into small GIF files.
* Resize or crop the video for your GIF.
* Add multiple captions or overlay images to the GIF.
* Create GIFs with your desired FPS or manually set the frame count and frame delay.
* Change the looping direction, such as normal playback, reverse, or even palindrome!
* Change the number of loops for the created GIF.
* Apply Core Image filters like Sepia or Color Correction.
* Save your settings for later edits.
* Supports Mac OS X 10.6+.
* Makes your hip on Tumblr, assuming your GIFs are smaller than 1MB.
* GIF Brewery will not alter the original file and settings just impact the GIF.
* GIF Brewery does *not* create GIFs from series of still images.
* GIF Brewery can only open and create clips from movies that Quicktime can open and play. Apple provides a list of the file formats and codecs at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3775.
* Note, however, that GIF Brewery cannot open any DRM-protected files.
* If you are using Quicktime components, such as Perian, Flip4Mac, or 3ivx, you MUST make sure they are up-to-date and compatible with Apple's Sandbox. Out-dated components will lead to GIF Brewery crashing.
If you are having an issue with any of the codecs listed above, please contact us! Note: If you experience any crashes whatsoever please contact Hello, Resolven at email@example.com. We are unable to diagnose the issue without help from effected users.
What's New in Version 2.3.5
* Fix issue with captions.
* Tumblr size restrictions adjusted.
* May now add multiple image overlays at once.
Occasionally buggy and missing some key features
I’ve been looking for a low memory utilizing, low maintenance GIF maker for a while and so far this seems to be the most simple, but it has a lot of glaringly obvious issues and missing features.
- No zoom option (i.e. if I’m working with a video that’s a lot larger than my computer screen I’m forced to resize the video before the program is even usable.)
- Often the app will render me GIFs with empty rows or columns, as in the crop tool will say it’s cutting the pic to 125x300 and instead I’ll get one that’s 124x300 or one that’s 125x300 but with an edge row that’s entirely white pixels
- No aspect ratio option for easy cropping. I often make GIFs for forum avatars but if I want the image to be exactly a specific size I have to drag the handles on the image to precisely what I want or else it’ll be sized wrong
- After I’ve fine-tuned the start/stop times for the GIF I want to make and created the GIF, I’ve found that the program will still often render a GIF that’s outside the constraints I’ve set. I’ll often end up with extra frames at the beginning.
But with all this being said it’s still probably the most easy to use entry level GIF making app on the app store, at least that I’ve found.
I've used this to make thousands of GIFs on Tumblr, it's really fast and easy to do. There were a few quirks with Yosemite that have been corrected in this version. This is by far the easiest app to use to make GIFs.
For best results, go to the preferences for GIF brewery and set it to “Automatically calculate count and delay” and to “Reduce colors”.
When you make individual GIFs, the best default is to 96 colors as a minimum, and Ordered as the dithering method, and scale up the number of colors as you go. For example, Tumblr requires GIFs to be 500px or less in width, and under 2MB in size.
Crashes gone - but needs a Time Line workflow!
I’m delighted that all the crashing I had been experiencing with this app have been resolved in 2.3.5! I suspect users who are still experiencing crashes may be using videos that are not native to Quicktime.
Everything works great in the app, but I’d love to see this app become the best GIF maker on any platform. Here are my suggestions:
* Add a Timeline view for managing and timing multiple overlays (like Final Cut but simpler)
* Enhancing Overlay Image capability (add resize, rotate, etc) so we can rotoscope frame-by-frame!
* Add a “Quick GIF” button that automatically selects framerate and compression based on some fancy algorithm so we don’t have to fiddle quite so much just to get a GIF done.
* Add a Description area for the different Algorithms on the GIF Properties Panel so we don’t have to look up what each one does on the website
Thanks for all your hard work and I can’t wait to see how this app develops!
- Category: Video
- Updated: Feb 27, 2015
- Version: 2.3.5
- Size: 1.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Patrick Rogers
- © 2011-2015 Patrick Rogers
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.8 or later