GIFs from Burst Mode Photos in iOS
You probably know that your iPhone or iPad is capable of taking a series of quick photos through its built-in burst mode. After you’ve taken photos with this mode, your iOS device automatically selects and displays what it thinks is the best shot from the series of captured images. This is a pretty amazing feature, we know. But what about the rest of the photos, some of which may be pretty amazing too? You probably never see them again, which we think is a shame.
Instead of settling for a single burst image, as most people do, you can instead turn all your shots into interesting moving GIFs, creating miniature videos without sound from them. Like your regular photos, GIFs don’t occupy a lot of space and are easy to share. Best of all, they help you tell a colorful, animated story in a way regular photos can’t.
Capturing a Scene with Burst-Mode
At the moment, unfortunately, iOS’s native camera app doesn’t let you create GIFs. You need to download an app off the iTunes store for that – but that comes later. First, we’ll go through how you can take burst photos on your iOS device.
Go to the camera app, point your camera at the scene you want to capture and hold down the shutter icon on the screen. As long as you hold down the shutter icon, your phone will capture an image at an interval of about half a second. If you don’t want to use the screen, you can also hold down one of the volume keys to use burst mode.
Preparing the Burst-Mode Shot for a GIF Editing App
Now that you have a burst-mode photo, it will appear as a single item in your Photos app. What you need to do next is separate the burst-mode photo into its component photos – split it, simply put. After that, we’ll import the split photos into an appropriate app and create a GIF from them.
To split the burst-mode photo, just tap on the photo entry and then select the “Choose Favorites” option at the bottom. Select every photo in the series by checking them and t hen tap on “Done”. Now, all the photos you checked will appear as separate entries on your camera roll.
You don’t need to do this for all apps – some apps will let you create GIFs automatically from within them – but some apps will ask you to import photos into them.
Creating a Moving GIF with an App
The next step in the process is to import your photos into a GIF app. We’ll cover a couple of paid apps and a free app here:
It’s available for $2.99 on the iTunes store, lets you create GIFs quickly by importing photos into it. The app will let you add special effects to your GIFs, like looping them and even reversing them. In addition to this, you can also save GIFs you find on the internet by using the app.
You can share your created/saved GIFs through normal texting or by email. The app will let you send single or multiple GIFs at the same time through email.
It’s available on iTunes for $0.99, will also turn your burst-images into GIFs or even HD videos. After downloading and installing Burstio, you have to grant the app permission to access your stored photos. After that, just choose a burst image, import it, edit it by trimming as necessary and then export it as a HD video or a GIF.
This is not as smooth as the two apps we’ve mentioned above, but you can get it without paying a dime on the iTunes store. Some users have reported occasional glitches, but, overall, most have had a satisfactory experience with it. GifMill, like Giffer and Burstio, will let you create moving GIFs from your burst-mode photos.
You can add basic effects to your created GIFs with it too, like placing colorful captions or taglines on them, like the ones you see on 9GAG. GifMill also lets you turn videos into GIFs, which is a pretty useful – and unique – feature in our opinion.
The next time you want to make a statement or share an important moment with your family and friends, share an animated GIF with them instead of the usual photo. They’ll love it, we assure you.