How to Export a GIF from After Effects

After Effects October 11, 2019 2 min read

Hey everyone, this is Owen with Motion Array and in this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to export a GIF from After Effects without any third party plugins.

Well kind of … You see, it’s actually done with Adobe Media Encoder but I’d advise you to go ahead and get used to this workflow because Adobe is moving more and more render options exclusively to Media Encoder. You can no longer render H.264 or WAV files straight from After Effects, you have to use Media Encoder. It might just be a matter of time before everything is done through Media Encoder. Alright let’s get started!

So here I am in After Effects and I’ve got an animation I’m ready to turn into a GIF. My work area is trimmed to just what I want to be rendered just like I would for a normal render. I’ll go to Composition > Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue. This launches Media Encoder and will drop your composition into the queue. You can also add your composition through Media Encoder without ever having to open After Effects by using the plus button at the top left of the queue. In the queue I’ll click the down arrow next to the format and in the menu there’s an option for Animated GIF. I’ll then click on the blue text under preset to adjust the settings. Here I’ll choose the file name and where to save it. I’ll also check the box for Use Maximum Render Quality and then I’ll hit okay. All that’s left to do now is hit Start Queue button in the top right of the panel. As soon as that’s done rendering you’re done!

A few things I’d like to point out with regards to GIFs and Media Encoder. Since Premiere also uses Media Encoder you can export GIFs from your Premiere sequences too. Another great thing about Media Encoder is that you can set your After Effects comps or Premiere sequences to render and then keep working instead of waiting for them to finish. Adobe has made some pretty cool features inside of Media Encoder so I encourage you to give it a try.

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