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Convert Online Video's to Animated GIF's with Node.jsNode.js API

Use GrabzIt's Node.js API to convert online videos into animated GIF's. However you must remember that for any of the below examples to create a animated GIF the save or save_to method must be called after the url_to_animation method.

Basic Options

To convert a online video into a animated GIF simply pass the URL of the video to the url_to_animation method.


Convert Vimeo or YouTube Video to Animated GIF

Convert Vimeo or YouTube video's directly to animated GIF's with GrabzIt's Node.js API, just specify the URL of the page that the Vimeo or YouTube video appears on and the video it contains will be converted into an animated GIF. However because this service relies on a third-party website it can not be guaranteed to work for every video.


Custom Identifier

You can pass a custom identifier to the url_to_animation method as shown below, this value is then passed back to your GrabzIt Node.js handler. For instance this custom identifier could be a database identifier, allowing a animated GIF to be associated with a particular database record.

var options = {"customId":123456};
client.url_to_animation("", options);

Capture a Single Frame from a Video

Capture a single frame from a video you need to set the duration and the frames per second parameters to be 1. You can then get your required frame by setting the start position parameter.

var options = {"start":3, "duration":1, "framesPerSecond":1};
client.url_to_animation("", options);