Updated on May 24, 2021
When browsing Imgur and attempting to download a certain animated GIF, you might open a playback page. The address of the page ends with .gifv, suggesting it's a GIFV file presenting. You might've heard of GIF, but not GIFV. So, what exactly is GIFV? What is it to GIF(.gif)? How to convert GIFV to GIF? Let's talk about these in detail.
GIFV stands for GIF video, which has no sound and loops forever, just like GIF. All GIFs uploaded to Imgur over 2MB (up to 200MB) will be automatically converted to GIFV for online streaming (that's how to make a GIFV!). The converted video contains H.264 video in an .mp4 or .webm file container, which brings about quicker loading and smaller file size compared with the original GIF. Not just reduces bandwidth consumption, it also facilitates users' uploading and viewing on Imgur. However, you can't open a GIFV file anywhere else other than Imgur, thus if it's for saving and sharing, GIF is a more appropriate choice.
After knowing above, let's move on to how to convert GIFV to GIF.
I've summarized four ways to convert Imgur GIFV to GIF, but they don't seem to apply to all GIFVs, have a try on your own and see if it works.
Preparation. Enter the video source page of GIFV files.
Right-click on the GIFV you intend to convert to GIF > Open video in new tab
Solution 1. Directly Download GIF on GIFV Page
Click on the "download" button at the lower-right side of the video source page, the downloads are GIFs.
Solution 2. Change the Extension from GIFV to GIF
Remove the ending "v" from the URL of the GIFV file in the address bar.
E.g. https://i.imgur.com/oYDNmkt.gifv > https://i.imgur.com/oYDNmkt.gif
Press Enter to navigate to the new address, and there"ll be a GIF presenting instead of a GIFV, right-click > "Save image as" to download the GIF.
Solution 3. Convert GIFV to GIF with Imgur Video to GIF (Imgur Official GIFV to GIF Converter)
Navigate to https://imgur.com/vidgif > Copy the URL of video source page and paste it to the URL box in the middle > Drag the two handles/Type in start and end time to cut the desired clip > Add text if needed > Hit "Create GIF" > Select "Download image" from the drop-down arrow at the upper-right side of the generated GIF.
Solution 4. Convert GIFV to MP4 and Then Convert MP4 to GIF
More often, when downloading a GIFV, it will be saved directly as an MP4 video: Right-click on the GIFV video > "Save video as" and the download will be an MP4 video. Then draw support from a third-party video to GIF converter to complete the GIFV to GIF conversion.
1. (Recommended) Easy operations and good output quality converter: WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro.
2. Online MP4 to GIF converters.
I'm sure you have been impressed by some high-quality GIFs on Imgur, mostly made from video game recordings or the latest movies. Have you ever thought of making one of those on your own, with the HD video resources that you're in possession of? Of course, that's not feasible with online GIF makers. Luckily, WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro can also help. It's designed for the best output quality - up to 8K input and output supported. It can convert videos to 60fps for smooth GIF exports. It can convert any video, pictures and even URL to GIF. For example, WebM to GIF, PNG to GIF, Facebook to GIF, etc. It's worth a try.
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