When the pandemic started in March 2020 and the schools shut down, I found myself suddenly needing to work from home more often. I knew it was time to get creative finding unique ways to still connect with my team & keep things light-hearted as we all learned to navigate uncharted territories. I ran across a teacher vlog on YouTube that talked about how she created a gif of herself for her presentation for her students. I thought it was hilarious and I wanted to try it. (My staff knows me well. Cheesiness is a given. Always ;))
Here’s how I turned myself into a gif –
- Make sure the “live” photo option is turned on on your camera (using an iPhone)
- While someone is taking your picture (or if you set a timer), make sure you keep moving. You want to make sure you are moving so there will be movement in your gif (get creative & have fun!)
- Once you have your live photo, go into your photos – tap on the live photo you want to use – click the send button (square with an arrow), scroll down, select “save as video”
- Go to the video you saved and send it to your computer (Google drive, email, whatever you normally use)
- Download it on your computer. Save it somewhere easy for you to remember.
- Go to http://www.unscreen.com and upload your clip. It will default to a transparent background. This is best if you have your own background you want to place it on top of but you can also use their ready-made background choices as well.
- Download the gif file.
- Wa-lah! You’re done! Now you can insert it in a presentation or share it wherever you’d like. Have fun!
My staff debated over whether or not I truly owned my props, or if they were part of my gif creations…. this was truly a microphone I had for my infamous “mic drop” which they thought was HILARIOUS.