Many Flourish users create gifs or videos from animated Flourish projects for use on social media, on big screens at events, or in offline presentations. This can be anything from a short looping gif of a visualization …
… through to a full edited video based on a complex Flourish story:
For technical reasons, Flourish does not export videos and gifs directly. Instead, to make a video or gif, you simply screenshot the relevant part of your screen using a free or inexpensive tool (see below). Once you’ve chosen a tool, just follow these steps:
- Make a Flourish story with the views/animations you want to show
- Resize the story in your browser to the target size of your video or gif
- Record a video or gif screenshot of the relevant part of the screen, clicking between slides to control the timing
To make a gif it is possible to make a video and then convert it to a gif. But it’s more convenient to use a dedicated screent-to-gif tool. Free options include Giphy Capture for Macs and ScreenToGif for Windows. Paid-for options with some additional features include the excellent Gifox for Macs or GifRecorder for Windows.
Videos and gifs each have pros and cons. Some key points to consider:
- Videos are a lot more space efficient than gifs, so they’re much better for longer clips and high-quality outputs
- Gifs will “play” in the body of an email, but videos can usually only be attached.
- In some contexts (such as Twitter), gifs can play and loop automatically while videos require the user to click play.