How to Turn Burst iPhone Shots into GIFs

by: - Last updated on: July 25th, 2019

GIFs are the new Emojis. Yeah, you heard that right. Ever since the inception of emoticons, followed by emojis, people have found using them like a more expressive way to convey their emotions and sentiments across to the other person. And, until recently, with the introduction of GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format), things have gotten more graphically eloquent as they depict a pictorial representation of emotions which is much more expressive. Although there are several different sources on the internet to find a GIF that meets your requirements, you might sometimes want to create one that revolves around you or another person to add a personal touch.

So, in this article, we are going to demonstrate how to capture burst shots on your iPhone and how to turn these burst shots into GIFs.

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Since this guide uses burst shots to convert them into GIFs, it is necessary that you capture some consistently good burst photos on your iPhone, with ideally 10-15 pictures. Now then, let’s get started.

Capture Burst Shots on iPhone

One of the coolest features on iPhone cameras has to be the burst mode. The feature allows you to capture 10 photos per second, which can be utilized to capture scenes with objects moving around, changing facial expressions, and more. In a nutshell, it is probably the most expressive way to tell the story about a shot. So, let’s dive in and see how to capture a burst shot.

1. Open the Camera app on your iPhone.
2. Get into a comfortable position and frame your shot.
3. Tap on the shutter button to capture a burst shot.

Your burst photos shall now appear in the Photos app. For the sake of convenience, you can also find them under ‘Bursts’ album in the app. Now, that we have captured the burst shot let’s turn these burst shots into GIFs.

Add a Shortcut to Turn Burst Shots into GIFs

The first thing you need to do to convert your burst shot into GIF is to download the Shortcuts app on your iPhone. As for this guide, we are going to use a shortcut that is already present in the Shortcuts Gallery.

1. Open App Store and download the Shortcuts app.
2. Next, open the Shortcuts app and go into Gallery.
3. In the search box, type ‘GIF’ and select the Burst to GIF option from the suggestions.

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4. Finally, tap on Get Shortcut to install the shortcut.

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The shortcut should now appear in the Library tab on the app. From here, you can either go ahead and start converting your burst shots into GIFs or tweak them to get GIFs as per your liking. In case you decide to customize it, you need to hit the ellipsis (…) on the upper right-hand corner of the shortcut.

From here, you can change the following options:

Get Latest Bursts – the number of latest burst shots to pick.
Prompt – the prompt to ask you to convert to GIF.
Select Multiple – to select multiple burst shots.
Filter Images – to sort them, change their order, or add a limit.
Seconds Per Photo – set a time for each frame
Loop Forever – to put the GIF in a never-ending loop
Auto Size – to resize the GIF automatically or disable it to add your size dimensions

In addition to making these changes, you can also add a save option to the shortcut to save the GIF you just created. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Hit the ellipsis (…) on the shortcut.

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2. Next, scroll down until you find ‘Quick Look’, and delete it (since we are saving the GIF, we no longer require a preview).

3. Now, in the search tab below, search for Save to Photo Album, and tap on it, to add it to the shortcut.

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4. Finally, hit Done to save the changes you just made.

How to Run Burst to GIF Shortcut

There are two ways to run a shortcut. First, by adding the Shortcuts widget to the Today view, and then running it from there. And second, by going into the Shortcuts > Library and then clicking on the shortcut you want to run. Irrespective of the method you use to run the ‘Burst to GIF’ shortcut, you will be greeted with a screen, asking you to choose an image you wish to turn to a GIF. All you need to do here is select the image. And you’re done.

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Similar to how you can find all your burst photos in the ‘Bursts’ album and the Camera Roll, you can find all the GIFs created using the Shortcut or otherwise, in the ‘Animated’ album.

That’s it for this guide. Go ahead and create GIFs out of your burst shots and share them among your friends.

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