Despite being a 30-year-old image format in desperate need of replacement, the animated GIF still rules the internet.

You ideally want to start with the highest quality source material you can find because there’s always going to be a loss in quality when turning compressed, digitised footage into a GIF that’s further compressed—like making a photocopy of a photocopy.

Photoshop doesn’t support as many video file formats as a media player like VLC does, but it can import some of the more popular formats out there now like MP4, MOV, VOB, and even AVIs if you’re on Windows.

A GIF made from a 4K video will certainly look great, but importing videos into Photoshop requires a lot of system resources because you’re essentially opening hundreds of photos all at the same time.

It doesn’t take long to max out your computer’s RAM and scratch disks which can make your system start to feel slow and sluggish.

Importing your footage into Photoshop

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