How to Create a GIF With VLC

By Mark David

Videos often contain funny or memorable scenes that we want to share with friends or refer back to later. Capturing a single frame in a video is an easy way to reference a particular scene. VLC has a snapshot feature that allows you to save any video frame as a normal image file. It also has advanced features like changing the speed of the movie or jumping to a specific time which makes finding and saving the perfect snapshot easy.

Step 1

Open your video in VLC by clicking "Media" in the menu. Select "Open Folder", "Open Disc", or "Open Network Stream" depending on the location of the video.

Step 2

Navigate to the frame you want to save as a GIF by using the slider at the bottom of the window. Advanced navigation options are available in the "Playback" menu.

Step 3

Save the frame by clicking on "Video" and then "Snapshot" in the menu. This will save the frame as a PNG file to your "My Pictures" folder.

Step 4

Click on "File" and "Open" in Microsoft Paint and then find the file in the "My Pictures" folder.

Step 5

Click on "File", "Save As", and choose GIF as the new file type. The conversion will happen automatically.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pressing "Shift" and "s" together is the default hotkey for video snapshots.
  • Adjust the playback speed by clicking on "Playback" and then "Faster" or "Slower" in the menu.