Best 8 GIF Screen Recorder to Record Your Computer Screen to GIF

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Best 8 GIF Screen Recorder to Record Your Computer Screen to GIF

If you ever wondered how to record your computer screen and save the recording as an GIF, here you will learn all you need. 5 of the best GIF screen recorders with detailed steps are introduced for your reference. You can just get one like Screen Grabber Pro and start to capture your screen motions to animated GIF files in clicks!

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Animated GIFs can serve a number of purposes – you can create short video clippings, integrate your favorite animation, better illustrate something, show a function or highlight a point. As animated GIF sometimes is worth a thousand words, it becomes more and more popular on social media sites. You may wonder how you can create your own GIF to share with your friends or on your favorite website or online forum. Well, all you need is a GIF screen recorder program. This article shows you 5 of the best GIF screen capture programs that you can try to turn your computer screen into animated GIF images easily and quickly.

Screen Grabber Pro

If you want to get an easy GIF screen recorder with versatile functions, then Screen Grabber Pro is what you need. It allows you to record anything on your computer screen and save it as a GIF file. This program not only allows you to record in full screen but also gives you the option to record around the mouse or a region which is much more beneficial for a GIF. Along with the screen recorder, is the built-in editor which allows you to annotate your recording before turning it into a GIF. You can download and install the program (both the Windows and Mac version are available) and then follow the steps below to record screen to animated GIFs.

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Step1 Launch the Application

After downloading the app from the shortcut buttons given above, install and launch the application.

SGP interface

Step2 Set the Recording Format to GIF

Prior the recording, change the settings to GIF format. Go to “Settings” choose “Options” then “Recording” tab. Under “Video Format” click the drop-down menu and change the format to GIF.
change settings to GIF

Step3 Start the recording

Go back to the main interface, begin recording by clicking the “Record” button and choose the region size by matching it to the video you are trying to record.

choose region to start recording

Step4 Stop Recording

Click the red “Square” button from the floating toolbar to stop the recording. From the interface, check the latest recorded video. Use your mouse, right click then chooses “Play”.



ScreentoGif is another tool that works well with creating GIF. The app only consumes a little space on your computer since the file is compressed. You can use it without being bothered by ads. Also, it is a powerful editor where you can add text and you can translate the tool from 18 different languages supported. To start using the tool see the guide below.

Step1 Download the File

Download the compressed file and save it. Click the download button from the official website. After the download is complete, go to your “Download” folder and open the “ScreentoGIF” folder. Use your mouse, right-click look for your compressor name, then choose “Extract Here”. Once extracted, the executed file will show on the same folder.
STG-official site

You have to decompress the file to open it. You must have a compressor to do that. If you do not have one, you can download online. After the file was extracted, create a shortcut on your desktop for easy access of the tool.

Step2 Start the Recording

Double-click the ScreentoGiF shortcut then a floating bar will show up. Go to the video you want to record. Next, begin with the recording by clicking the “Red Circle” icon then another window will pop-up. Adjust the frame by dragging its sides. Beside it is the stop button if you want to end the recording.
start recording

Step3 Save the Recorded File

After clicking the stop button another window will show up where you can play the video. To save the GIF, look for the file from the top left side of the interface then choose to save.

STG-save recording


Recordit Fast ScreenCast is also an application that helps you create a stunning animated GIF. This app is compatible with Windows and Mac devices. However, compared to ScreentoGif this tool in a plain recorder, it doesn’t have editing interface to customize your work. Though it may lack in many ways, the tool very convenient to use because of it’s easy to use interface. To check if the tool will suit your needs, check out the step by steps guide below.

Step1 Download the App

Visit the Official website to get the app. Install the app by following the installation wizard. After the installation, you will see the downloaded icon from the system tray of your computer.

Ri launch app

Step2 Start the Recording

Go to the video that you want to convert as a GIF, then go to the system tray located at the bottom right-hand side of your computer screen. Look for the “Camera” icon. Click the app then it will trigger the “Crosshair” where you can set the region size. Once the size of the frame is set you will see a “Record” button below the frame. See photo below for better understanding. Remember that it does not have any interface. What it does is the only record.
Begin recording

Step3 Stop and Save the Recording

To stop the recording, click the “Stop” button then, click the “GIF” icon then right click on the file and choose to save as.
stop and save


Second to the last on the list is, GifCam. From the name of the tool itself, implies a tool to create GIF. It is an easy to use tool that works like a camera. It always stays on the top of your screen so that whenever you need it, it is always accessible. Moreover, your computer is safe from any harmful malware because the latest update of the up includes protecting your computer. Aside from that, it comes with a built-in editor where you can customize your project. Creating a retro GIF is also one thing that you need to look forward too.

Step1 Download and Launch Gifcam

You can simply Google “Giftcam” then look for BahraniApps Blog then scroll all the way down then look for the zip file named “Download GifCam.gif.” Once downloaded, click the file and run the exe file to launch the app. After launching the app adjust the size of the frame by dragging the side of the interface using your mouse. You can also change the frame size from the buttons you will see from the interface. It can move around by dragging it using your mouse. Change the frame rate, capture the cursor, filter the screen or even export it as an AVI file. Export to AVI does not always work. It depends on your PC specs)

Step2 Start the Recording

Start the Recording by clicking the “rec” bottom. Then move around the video you want to convert as gif or a photo then Click stop to finish it.
begin recording

Step3 Save the File

To save the file click the “Save” button from the interface. Choose the folder where you want it to be saved.
end recording


Last on the list is Licecap. An app dedicated to creating animated GIFs though screen recording. If you are familiar with the said apps mentioned above like Screentogif or Recordit you won’t have any issues with this tool. what is good about this tool is you can pause and resume while recording, the FPS selection is in maximum and of course it is easy to use. Find out how to use it by reading the procedure below.

Step1 Download the App

Go to to download the application. Just follow the installation set-up until the app is launched. Find a video or photos that you want to turn into GIF then Launch the application. Resize the frame by dragging each point of the tool. Use your mouse to drag it.

Step2 Start Recording

Next, click “Record” then move the screen or play the video.

Start the recording

Step3 Stop and Save the Recording

Lastly, click the “Stop” button to end the recording. Save the recording by clicking ” File” then “Save”.

end the recording


Cropper is a screen grabber application which is available open source and allows you to record screen in Animated GIF. To be able to achieve this, you need to, first of all, install Cropper on your mobile phone and save the plug in file in Cropper’s own plug in folder. For more information on how to use Cropper, see our detailed review.
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record it picture Recordit is a screen recording application with inbuilt support for GIF and is available online. It also has a desktop version for both Mac and Windows. It is very easy to use, it munches an area of your Pc screen and uploads the recorded file to its web server. You can see the munched screen on a web browser. It has the capability to record as much as 5 minutes of content, which is more than enough for GIF animations.


ScreenToGif, is also an open-source screen munching tool, which is capable of recording/munching a section of your screen and saving it in an animated GIF format. The amazing part of the application is that it is very portable and is packed with amazing features such as.
screen to gif picture


After reading this article, we’re sure that you will no more wonder how to record your computer screen into animated GIFs. All applications mentioned above are all worth the try. You can just select any one and start creating GIF screencast no matter you’re using a Windows or Mac computer. Meanwhile, please do not forget to drop us a message on our comment section. We’re glad to hear any suggestion from you.

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