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How to make GIF animations from video clips – using Subhash VCDPlayer and GIMP

Phone Safety Tutorial GIF – captured by Subhash VCDPlayer and rendered by GIMP

Phone Safety Tutorial GIF – captured by Subhash VCDPlayer and rendered by GIMP

In 2000, I created a software named after myself called Subhash VCDPlayer. It can play video and audio files on all Windows operating systems from Windows 98. It is jam-packed with features and one among those feature is the ability to slow down or speed up the playback in decrements/increments of 5%. It has another feature that allows you capture still images from video files. Now, this is an ancient software based on Windows Media Player 6.4. While the player can play any audio/video format (if you have installed Media Player Codec Pack), its playback speed adjustment features works only with really old media formats. I suggest you use Format Factory to convert your videos to MPEG-1 (mpg) format. So, convert your FLVs and MP4 to MPG first. Then, press the 1 key (yes the number key) as many times as is required to slow down the playback. Press D to set the image capture folder. Right click on the player and enable the option to set the capture image as the desktop wallpaper (under Preferences). This will let you preview the captured frames. You may have to reduce hardware acceleration in Windows graphics settings. (In Windows Vista and later change the theme to Aero Basic.). Then, as the video plays slowly, start capturing frames by pressing the S key. After you have capture enough frames, open the first image in GIMP. Then drag and drop the rest of the images on the Layers tab. (Very important. Be careful.) Resize the image and crop it. Otherwise, file size will be very big. The save the image as a GIF file. In the Save Options dialog that GIMP throws up choose “Animation”, “replace”, 100ms, “all”. Then open the GIF in an image viewer or a browser.

Making of Mobile Phone Safety Tutorial GIF.

Making of Mobile Phone Safety Tutorial GIF.

You can get FOSS software GIMP at GIMP.org. Choose Windows Binaries if you are on Microsoft platform.

Subhash VCDPlayer is available for download from

You will need to install the v2.4.2 patch to make it work with the latest operating systems.

You will need to install Media Player Codec Pack to ensure that the player can play all formats.

In Windows 8, you need to enable .NET 3.5 Framework in Control Panel.

More information about the software is at:

Subhash VCDPlayer is FOSS software too. Source code is available under GPL v3 at

After almost 14 years, Subhash VCDPlayer still rocks! Even in Windows 8.1!


This media player was first released in year 2000 and is written in Microsoft Visual Basic 6. It used to work without issues until Windows 7. Only thing extra it required was Media Player Codec Pack for supporting all kinds of formats such as OGG, MKV, MP4, VOB, etc.

In Windows 8, I could not coax it work, that is, until a few days back. This was when I had to enable .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 8 to get FreeCommander to work in this OS. Apparently, you do not have to separately download Framework 3.5, as it is already present on a Windows 8 computer along with Framework 4.x. All you need to do is enable it in Control Panel » Turn on or off program features.

Enable .NET Framework 3.5 in Control Panel.

Then, when you install the application, it will prompt you to install NTVDM.

Let the install prompt Windows update to install NTVDM.

After it is installed, you need to right-click the application’s shortcut and select Properties » Compatibility and set it to Windows XP Service Pack 3 or Windows 7. You can run the application in full glory.

About Subhash VCDPlayer

Subhash VCDPlayer is a free media player with support for VCD playback, image capture, and voice transcription. Apart from Video CDs (VCDs), it can play regular audio and video files in formats that are compatible with Windows Media Player (WMP) 6.4. If you install Media Player Codec Pack, it can play all media formats known to man.

Subhash VCDPlayer uses WMP 6.4 under the hood, which gives it rock-solid stability. Unlike other such programs, Subhash VCDPlayer takes WMP to surreal heights of functionality and ease of use. This has been made possible by borrowing a few ideas from IrfanView (file browsing), Winamp (system tray icon capabilities) and CyberLink PowerPlayer (single-key keyboard shortcuts and still-image capture), and combining them with a slew of unique features of its own. Hyped up, you can call this VCD player as Windows Media Player On Steroids.