In addition to creating GIFs from your video files, GIF Brewery can also help you record the following: Your webcam. A connected and active iOS device. A portion of your screen. An app’s window. GIF Viewer is an open source GIF player for Windows. Download and use this GIF player. Gif Brewery: Your new friend. Back late 90s, there was a wonderful freeway app, GifBuilder, for OS 9. It was a quick and dirty way to to make gifs, allowing delays per frame. For all intents and purposes it was the best GIF app I had used. Screenshot of GifBuilder. Animated GIFs, like most early web trends, came and went.

Since updating to Big Sur Gif Brewery 3 stopped working and with the last update in 2019 it doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon. I'm looking for an alternative that lets me import video, crop it and trim it however I like and export as gif. Gif Brewery is the easiest way to create GIF images from any type of videos, especially those taken with the iPhone. You can open up a video file, import one via URL (including YouTube), Stitch images and video, Record Screen actions or record video from the computer camera.

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Back late 90s, there was a wonderful freeway app, GifBuilder, for OS 9. It was a quick and dirty way to to make gifs, allowing delays per frame. For all intents and purposes it was the best GIF app I had used.

Screenshot of GifBuilder

Animated GIFs, like most early web trends, came and went. They made a mild resurgence with YTMND and Myspace in the mid 2000s.

Strangely with the perfect storm of memes, Reddit, and Tumblr we yet again, live in a GIF world. Why?

  1. Retro-ciché appeal.
  2. They work on practically every device imaginable They a have low CPU overhead despite large file sizes. Even low end cellphones can easily play them endlessly, and display multiple on a screen.
  3. Nearly everyone accesses the web via broadband.

You can even text animated gifs between smart phones in SMS messages. (Try it on your iPhone or Android phone, anything post iOS 4 or Android 3.x should work).

Meet GIFBrewery

Unlike GifBuilder which exclusively was designed for frame by frame animation, GifBrewery focuses on video importing.

The work flow is exceptionally simple.

  1. Open Video File.
  2. Select range of video
  3. Crop/Resize/Add Caption/Overlays
  4. Edit the gif properties
  5. Create GIF

For the most part the effects aren’t going to be terribly useful. You’re given Blur, Color Adjust, Color Effect, Sharpen, Halftone and Stylize, reminiscent of Photoshop as opposed to Instagram filters. All of these are an all-or-nothing affair, without any ability mask areas or set in and out points

Titles are basic. You can set in and out points, control your font face, size, color etc. You cannot animate them (fades or keyframes for animation). Fonts render cleanly, using anti-aliasing.

Properties - Where the action is

The GIF Properties works nicely, but lacks a few features that I’d like to see such as: manual color palette control, import/export of palettes and more adaptive palette options. Color increments are set in predetermined sets: 2, 4, 8, 16, 24, 32, 48, 64, 96, 128, 192 and 256.

While we are in an age where each byte isn’t as crucial, it doesn’t give power users full control.

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Interestingly, GifBrewery does give you uber geek control over the dithering panel, its a true gift for codec nerds like myself to see the retroness of Floyd-Steinberg dithering. They get bonus points for making me google Stucki dithering

Frame rates can be determined by Frame Count/Delay or a frame rate setting which auto-calculates the frame rate. Frame Count/Delay allows you to determine the playback speed, hence speeding up or slowing down your graphic.

Sadly, you cannot set the delay on single frames other than the last frame.

Conclusion (What it is and what it is not)

GifBrewery isn’t GfiBuilder, it’s something entirely different. In the days of GifBuilder, to make a video clip into a gif required exporting a movie from Quicktime as individual frame files and dragging the mess into GifBuilder. It wasn’t clean or pretty. Once imported you couldn’t add any text nor could you do any effects. That said, you could easily make a several frame animation dragging in a series of images.

GifBrewery isn’t for creating pulsating banners or animated icons. It will not create a GIF from a series of images. Instead, its for converting video clips to GIFs, and doing it quickly. It does this exceptionally well. Even I have to admit, I probably wouldn’t be creating animations from series of images, but rather video.

I’d like to have the ability to reach into my converted animation and tweak individual frame delays, add/remove frames and have more direct color control, and import image batches but atlas it cannot.

At $5, GifBrewery is a steal. While it doesn’t do everything – what it does, it does it very well.


It focuses on moving existing video into a GIF, which is the most common use of GIFs today. Even non-technical users can jump in and start making GIFs. Its exceptionally easy to use, and fits nicely into my workflow.

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January 13, 2015 Update

To this day I still use gifbrewery, in my recent review of Cinemagraph Pro, I mention GifBrewery as my preferred option for creating gifs. I don’t use every day or even often as I don’t have much demand to create GIFs but when I do, GifBrewery is always there to do the job and delivery fantastic results.

To start using GIF Brewery, you'll first need to open a video file. You can use the File > Open... menu option or simply drag the video to the GIF Brewery icon in your dock. You'll be presented with a window that looks like above.

In order to see the GIF Properties side window, simply click the GIF Properties button in the toolbar. Here you'll see all the possible GIF settings.

As you can see in GIF Brewery's toolbar, you can resize and crop the frame. This is very helpful for controlling the file size of a GIF. In particular, this video was resized from 1280px in width down to 640px. People will thank you for not having a 1440px width GIF.

Additionally, GIF Brewery contains numerous image filters and effects than can enhance your video and GIF. You may access them in the menu above. If you've used an image editing program before, you'll be right at home with all the options.

Lindsay Brewer Gif

Here I decided to apply a CMYK Halftone filter. I've found this filter (with the default settings) can really enhance the overall image quality of the produced GIF, especially if you notice excessive color banding in your created GIFs.

Another important part of creating a GIF is setting the start and end times. As I played the video I found a good spot for the start of my GIF. To set the start of the GIF, simply press the 'Set Start' button in the bottom of the window.

Note that if you try to set the start time to later than the currently set end time, GIF Brewery will move the end time to the new start time as well. The same holds for setting a new end time that is before the current start time.

With the start time now set, I'll now set the end time. I'd like the end of the GIF to be at the 18 second mark. An easy way to move the current time to a precise location is the Movie > Goto Time... option in the menus. As you can see above, I can simply type in the time I want the movie to be at.

With the current time now at 18 seconds, I can now set the end time. Just like above, the end time can be set by pressing the 'Set End' button. However, a faster way, in my opinion is to just press the o key on your keyboard.

You might be interested to know that GIF Brewery has lots of keyboard shortcuts. They really help with quickly creating and editing the start & end times of the GIF.

With the start and end times now set, I can now create the GIF. To create the GIF, simply press the 'Create GIF' button in the toolbar. GIF Brewery will pop up a progress bar and after a couple of seconds, the created GIF will also appear like above.

If you like the GIF, you may save it. If you want to try again with different settings, simply Discard the GIF.


Happy GIF Brewing!

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