Record Your Screen As an Animated GIF

As the popularity of animated GIF continues to rise, there are more and more software that allows you to convert video to an animated GIF. We have shown you how to do it in Chrome, and if you want to record your screen as an animated GIF, here is one solution for you.

LICEcap is a simple and lightweight software that allows you to record your desktop and save it to .GIF format. It is applicable for Windows and Mac (sorry, no Linux version) and is very easy to use. Best of all, it is free.

1. Download LICEcap from its website and install it in your computer. When you open it up, all you will see is a transparent frame.

LICEcap-transparent-frame

All you have to do is to position the transparent frame over the region of the screen that you want to record. You can resize the frame (by dragging the corner of the frame, or set the width and height manually) or even maximize it to cover the full screen. Once you are done with the positioning, simply click the Record button.

2. Before it starts recording, it will prompt you to select a location to save the file. Notice that you have a choice to display the title frame, elapsed time and mouse button press in the recording. You can also change the repeat count (default is 0, which means infinite looping).

LICEcap-recording-set-location

2. When you are done with the recording, click the Stop button.

Here is a sample of the recording created with LICEcap.

LICEcap-recording

(Note that the above animated GIF has been optimized for web display and it is not the actual quality created by LICEcap.)

Other than .GIF format, LICEcap also supports its own .LCF format which is lossless, has higher compression ratios than .GIF, higher quality and more accurate timestamping. The only problem with this .LCF format is that it is not recognized by most image editing application. It does work with REAPER though.

If you are looking for a simple and lightweight software to record your desktop to animated GIF format, LICEcap is the one to go for.

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