How to use the Gif Screen Recorder
This desktop recorder makes it extremely easy to create screen video
captures. The screencasts are stored as Gif files which can be played on nearly
any computer or mobile device and can be included in blogs, websites,
powerpoint presentations and help files. Using this PC screen recorder you can
record any activity on your desktop. Maybe you want to show how to do certain
things with a program. Or make an animation of a movie you made with your
mobile or some other source (YouTube) you want to use on your website or social
Special techniques are built-in to keep the size of the gif files that store
the video screen captures reasonable size. The size is determined by
- the size of the screen area being recorded,
- the duration of the recording,
- the image quality selected. Lowest quality (64 colors or lower)
recording may be a factor 3 smaller as compared to photo quality.
- the number of frames per second (FPS),
- the amount of change between between subsequent images in the
- Screencasts showing user activity such as on-line tutorials are
- The file size of recorded films such as made on
your smart phone or picked up from YouTube will quickly become large. For
example 10 seconds YouTube film can easily amount to several Mb file size.
Given the above. and the fact that photo films are characterised by high level
of change between subsequent images you are advised to keep them short and
not have large areas.
You can further reduce the gif file size by removing images frames using the
Animated Gif Editor. See also: How to keep file size
of recording reasonable
Prepare what you want to record, e.g. start the program whose behaviour you
want to record.
- Start the Gif Screen Recorder program (Start > Gif Recorder
> Gif Screen Recorder).
A large red rectangle appears in the center of the
screen with top left buttons for Start, Stop, size recording, etcetera.
- Make the recording area match what you want to record.
- the size of the recording area is given next to the button (width x height in
- Preset sizes can be selected from the combo box but you can also drag
the borders for this.
you are filming a photo recording, maybe made on your smartphone or on YouTube,
switching to Photo Quality
(top right of recording area) will give a much better result. The downside is
that the encoding of the recording into a gif file takes much more time. A
10 seconds recording can take several minutes to encode. Still, for
publising this extra time will certainly be worth it giving you a high quality
animated gif. Choosing fewer colors makes the gif smaller - at the cost of the
- If you want to limite the file size of
a long recording, you can select a frames per second (FPS) on the top right corner. See also How to
make a time lapse animation. 20 FPS gives a fluent film, but 10 FPS is sufficient for many purposes and results in smaller GIF size. If you target the Safari browser 15 may be best because it
may degrade images with FPS lager than 10.
- Start Recording (using button or PrtScn
- Demonstrate whatever - here I'm demonstrating recording, so apart from that
I show nothing interesting.
- Stop the Recorder (using button or Esc key).
- Save the recording. After saving you can choose to opens the recording
in the Animated Gif Editor.for
- Use the pause button or Pause key to
suspend recording. To continue recording press button or PrtScn key
- During recording or pause you can drag borders to reposition the recorded
- Area presets listed in the combo are stored in system folder
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Gif Recorder\areapresets.txt. You can
change the list to make it more suitable for you. If you can't find that
folder, change windows system folders setting to 'visible'.