Pry session demonstrating how to set the visibility of a method to private

If a picture is worth 1000 words, does that mean an animated GIF is worth num_frames * 1000 words?

That question aside, I wanted a dead simple way to create animated GIFs of my screen in order to show off some OOP programming concepts.

After coming across a few websites that offer a “video to GIF” conversion service, I found a nice gist on the subject. Browsing through the comments, I found a comment, which included a nice and tidy bash function utilizing two of my favorite command line utilities ffmpeg and imagemagick. I made a few tweaks to suit my needs. Now, I can cook up a GIF of anything in the span of a few minutes by recording my screen with QuickTime and running a single command.


$ brew install ffmpeg
$ brew install imagemagick


You can drop this in wherever you like to store your bash functions. If you aren’t sure where it should go, place it at the end of your ~/.zshrc or ~/.bash_profile file.

mov2gif() {
  ffmpeg -i "$1" -r 10 -f image2pipe -vcodec ppm - |\
  convert -delay 5 -layers Optimize -loop 0 - "$2"


$ mov2gif output.gif