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I'd like to convert a short gif-animation to a video so I can send it to a friend via WhatsApp. Do you know easy ways to accomplish that (e.g. codec etc.)? Best would be doing it on the device directly but I could do it as well on a computer.

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You can use this online tool to convert it: http://www.giftovideo.com/

Regarding tools, you could use FFMPEG + ImageMagick, but it's kind of tricky finding the correct options. There is some instructions here. I tried but some of the cases didn't work.

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  • As a side note regarding the online tool, at this exactly time, they seem to be facing some performance problem, for every time you try it, you're going to end up in a queue like forever.
    – Caio Cunha
    Dec 11, 2013 at 16:12
  • Nowadays FFMPEG can do it without imagemagick: ffmpeg -i input.gif output.mp4
    – bizzz
    Sep 22, 2015 at 13:57
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If you're happy with a solution that you can use on a PC, then SuperUser.com has this: How do I convert an animated GIF to a YouTube friendly video format?

For an on-Android solution, none of the video coverters specifically mention this but as the ffmpeg library does support this (as seen in the SuperUser answer), apps like Video Converter Android or Media Converter and so on, being ffmpeg based, should be able to do it.

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Just change the extension from .gif to .mp4 in your device and forward to anyone. Only thing is that the recipient needs to open it in gallery to see the animation.

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  • Doesn't work in my system. Can you detail the steps for this?
    – golimar
    Dec 18, 2014 at 11:45
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I've tested this on Android 5.0.1:

  1. Install this app: Convert GIF to Video & Share
  2. Open the app and select the GIF you want to convert.
  3. Choose 3gpp video codec.
  4. Tap the convert button.
  5. Done. Now you can send the video through WhatsApp.

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