YouTube Thursdays - Creating GIFS from Videos

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

YouTube Thursdays - You Say Gif, I Say Jif! 


GIFS are everywhere. As to how to pronounce it correctly, the debate rages on. However, the guy who created the format, Steve Wilhite, insists it's pronounced "jif', like the peanut butter. We've noticed most people still pronounce it with a hard g, "GIF." 


Regardless of how you say it, a .gif file is basically an image file format that is animated by combining other images into one single file. You can quickly create a GIF from your videos too. It's actually a pretty simple process. 

GIFS are great way to introduce and share a video. Short and sweet, they should capture something compelling, funny, emotional - the heart of what your video conveys. You can also opt to share a link where viewers can watch the rest of the story. 



We think they have to potential to add personality to our brand, and also convey a particular mood, or emotion. 

This GIF was made in minutes using "GIPHY." It was free. However, there are a multitude of methods for creating GIFS, including smart phones. It might be worth exploring. 




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Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
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Comments (33)

AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

Loved the idea.. thank you for sharing. Enjoy your day.


Apr 18, 2019 02:38 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Debb- and Bernie- So THAT'S how you pronounce it!!!! I love making them from my Live photos and getting them from the internet. 

Apr 18, 2019 06:44 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

You do a great job with GIFS, Kathy Streib!

Apr 20, 2019 07:49 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Some people have gotten really good at making gifs and the ability to make it into their own kind of art form.

Apr 18, 2019 11:10 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

A lot of people pronounce it with a hard G because it’s for graphics and not jaffix haha!

Apr 18, 2019 11:13 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Laura Cerrano that made me laugh. :) 


Apr 19, 2019 07:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

HI Debb... can't say I'd ever given this any thought! But now I also have figured out how a friend of ours who was visiting a few weeks ago sent me a picture of my Mr. Marlow that is the cat verion of your Mack gif! And that wink is just beyond!

Apr 19, 2019 05:33 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Hi Nina Hollander. we just had the video camera running and I had no idea he'd winked until I saw it while editing. He's a good guy. ;)  How nice to have Mr. Marlow as a winking gif. 

Apr 20, 2019 07:51 AM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, I didn't realize there were two ways to pronounce gif. Interesting! I love that Mac is giving us a wink, he is such a handsome guy. Gif's are fun and a great way to add personality. Some of the real estate gif's crack me up.

Apr 19, 2019 05:52 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

The only gif I have made was with the help of my daughter...she actually made it for me. LOL

Love the wink in your gif!

Apr 19, 2019 07:24 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Daughters are often helpful that way, Sharon. 

Apr 20, 2019 07:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition. 

I have no experience in the world of gifs.

Apr 19, 2019 08:14 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Roy Kelley you take such great photos, I wouldn't worry about the world of gifs. D

Apr 20, 2019 07:52 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Hey, Debb. Thanks for the info. I loved your video. What a beautiful market to work in. 

Apr 19, 2019 10:17 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have always pronounced it like the peanut butter, so I am glad the creator pronounces it that way too, haha.

Apr 19, 2019 10:41 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I love these & never thought to create a few myself. Thanks for the info.

Apr 19, 2019 02:45 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Lyn Sims thanks much. I hope you do find this information useful.  Happy Easter. D 

Apr 20, 2019 07:53 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Great tip, Debb and Bernie.

That “JIF” of Mac is pretty special and meets all the criteria - short, sweet, compelling, funny and emotional! He’s quite the video personality


Apr 19, 2019 09:45 PM
Robin Wells
WellSwept Chimneys - Victoria Harbour, ON
Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time

Thanks for post and info, will have to play around and try for myself.  

Apr 20, 2019 04:33 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Had not heard the J pronunciation ...but I Give the gift of Jif's Gif's all day long every day...."as needed" ....and usually appreciated !

Apr 20, 2019 05:54 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Debb, How did you train Mac to do that????   Wow very start and good looking dog!

Apr 20, 2019 08:22 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Will Hamm the camera was running and he just did it - I was thrilled when I saw it during the editing process. :) 

Apr 20, 2019 12:39 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I've made some with my grandson, but not for a business video

Apr 20, 2019 12:14 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Love those little Gif's or should we say Gifts Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  seems like I am late to the party 

Apr 20, 2019 07:51 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

So glad to be catching up for a minute on some great posts. Really learned something and if I ever have an free time will try creating these! Thanks for tips!

Apr 21, 2019 10:00 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I still have the occasional trouble making a gif. Thanks for this one and much love and respect as always. :)

Apr 21, 2019 06:46 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Ok, I'll check out GIPHY and I used to say it like JIF, but our young chosen daughter pronounces it the other way, so I thought I was wrong!!


Apr 22, 2019 08:52 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Honestly, I guess it really doesn't matter how we say it, does it.  Lol. Hope you had a great birthday weekend, Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate . D 

Apr 22, 2019 09:39 AM