I use a total of three programs:
VideoPad - for cutting videoclips. I also use Sony Vegas but VideoPad is compatible with a lot more file types so it’s what I’m using more frequently.
After Effects - for enhancing the video clip (sharpening, slowing down, adjusting colors and brightness etc), adding special effects and adding text
Photoshop - for adjusting colors, brightness, etc., cutting and culling frames and saving as GIF.
The process is simple really.
1. Use VideoPad to cut clips
2. Import clips to After Effects for further enhancement and additional effects and save the video clip
3. From the video clip exported from After Effects, I import it to Photoshop for the final touches and save it as an animated GIF :)
Others find it easier to just use Photoshop on its own, but there are more technical stuff that I need to do since I use After Effects (something to do with frame rates to avoid errors as well as file compatibility) so this is the process that I go through every time.
Hope that helps!
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^3.1mb (different gif but the point i’m making stands)
as you can see, the gifs at or below about 3.0mb in size work. the major difference was the gif dimensions — it was that or going up on the lossy-ness. below are my settings for the 3.0mb gif!