Ripping whole movies or television show episodes can take time, especially for giffing one small scene.
Well here’s a quick way of giffing a specific scene or whatever you want from a DVD!
For this tutorial, I will be using the second disc from the Supernatural season 4 DVD.
Install the programs.
First time set up for VLC: Go to tools > Customize Interface
Add the red record button to your toolbar. Mine looks like:
Close the Interface settings. You should now have a record button at the bottom of the screen, along with play, pause, etc.
Now to onto the part that you do differently per gif: Find a part of the episode, or movie, you want to gif and record just that small part. Press the record button to start, press it again to end recording.
It will save in your My Videos folder, or what ever your default video folder is called.
It will be named something like the above “vlc-record-YEAR-MONTH-DAY-TIMEOFDAY-dvd__D_-” It will be a .mpg file. It’s not necessary to rename or move this, but you can if you ever so desire.
Now open Handbrake (or your media converter). The following converting instructions and settings are for Handbrake.
A. Choose your video source. Select the video you just recorded from your DVD.
B. For size, make sure Anamorphic is at None, keeping aspect ratio, keep the width the same as the source. The height might be different as the source. THAT’S OK. DVDs usually stretch out the height of a video, the conversion will put it back to it’s correct proportions.*
C. Any of these can be used to convert to .MP4, mine is set at Normal, under Regular. Note: Some of these options will convert to .M4V, we do not want this, we want .mp4
To do the conversion, just click “Start”, right next to the source.
* For B, it says that DVDs sometimes stretch out the video. Here is an example:
If your clip is short, the conversion will only take a few seconds.
Alrighty! Now we’re getting somewhere. The following is a friendly tutorial on how to make gifs, if you already know how, then you don’t need to read this. The .MP4 file will open in Photoshop.
File > Import > Video Frames to Layers…
NOTE: You need to use 32-bit for this to work! 64-bit Photoshop will not open Video Frames to Layers.
Select the video you converted, it will open something like the following image. Use shift to select the part of the video you want to gif. Since Tumblr has a file size limit (1 MB), if you are making a 500px width graphic, you’ll need to select less of the video, or else the file size will be too large.
Now you can resize your gif, crop your gif, colorize your gif, add text, etc.
Note: When you import a video, Photoshop might make the frames 0.03-5, that’s really fast and really lame of Photoshop, so just select all the frames and make it a larger number. For mine, I did 0.1
For the final result, I just colorized, sharpened and changed frame speed to make the gif. Ta-da!
Now you can gif whatever you happen to have on DVD without much hassle and waiting!
I promise you guys that it’s a lot quicker than ripping a whole movie. Or, depending on the downloading speed, using your DVD might be quicker than downloading it from online. I know it’s a lot easier to select what part you want to gif from a shorter clip, rather than a whole movie or episode.
I hope you guys enjoy this tutorial and use it!