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Finding the perfect animated response is about to get a lot easier. That’s because YouTube is quietly testing a new tool that lets users turn snippets of YouTube videos into six-second GIFs. Here’s one we just created …

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The tool is pretty simple. Users can select a portion of the video, enter text, and generate a GIF. YouTube then provides a direct link and an embed link.How_Mighty_is_Taylor_Swift_s_Pen____Idea_Channel___PBS_Digital_Studios_-_YouTube

For now, at least, it looks like the feature is only available on the PBS Idea Channel, first noted by Andy BaioBeyond spicing up your in-office chatroom, YouTube’s motivation for adding the tool remains uncertain. But if your immediate GIF needs expand beyond what PBS can offer, don’t worry, there are several existing third-party tools available.

 

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