Your Most Frequently Asked Freestyle Questions, Answered!

bloggersThere’s no such thing as a “stupid” question around here! With the new Content Creation Tool in full swing, it’s inevitable to run into a host of questions. As the community specialist and over-seer of the forums, I have gathered some of the most common questions I’ve received here in this blog.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Question: How do I get back to the Work Desk?

Answer: Click on the Demand Media Studios logo in the upper left-hand corner. Be sure to save your work first! Continue reading

Let’s Talk About GIFs, Baby!

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In the spirit of awesome things you shouldn’t miss on the web, I’d like to divert your attention toward animated gifs, including my best-kept industry secret–a vault filled with incredible reaction gifs. Trust me, you owe it to yourself to check it out. With that in mind, let’s get this gif party rollin’, starting with this majestic moment!

“Hold my beer, watch this!” – Famous last words.

Writers, journalists, and even bloggers can benefit from animated gifs since they’re a great way to help promote work. Attaching a gif to your article, much like a breathtaking photo, will undoubtedly lead to more shares–“Hey, check this out. You have to see this.” Community moderators, forum users, and bloggers (such as myself) more often than not draw upon animated gifs for humor purposes, and more importantly to emphasize thoughts/feelings/reactions. I utilize gifs in practically every post I make on the DMS forums.

A few posts back I wrote a ‘How To’ blog, highlighting the steps needed in order to produce an animated gif of your own, from a YouTube video. Now that you have a better understanding of the ‘how,’ let’s look at a place where you can A) bookmark, and B) get a direct link for sharing purposes. Imgur user/Redditor GeneralWarts took it upon himself to categorize, label, and post some of the Internets more favorable gifs. You can find the vault here: http://reactiongifsarchive.imgur.com/

It looks like this…

reactiongifsWith 47 separate categories (Disgust, Amazed, Sad, Not Bad, etc.) to choose from, there’s arguably an near-endless supply of outstanding reaction gifs. In other words, there’s a gif for every occasion, guaranteed. Furthermore, and this is extremely important for sharing/linking purposes, please be sure to read the instructions (located on the right side of the vault) which explains how to appropriately attach/embed the gifs.

gearboxNow that you have all the pieces, including access to the greatest gif vault of all time, I want you to get out there and start ‘gif-ing.’ Make me proud! Oh, one final note before I leave you, check out this beautiful tragedy.  

Until next time!

How To: Make an Animated GIF from a YouTube Video

Ever find yourself wishing you could easily make an animated gif from something you saw on YouTube? Well, now you can. Best of all it’s free, relatively painless, and only takes a few short minutes.

After you’ve scoured YouTube for that copyright-free video you want to make into a gif (I chose a Monster Truck fail montage), visit: makeagif.com. Once you’ve opened makeagif.com in a new tab, simply follow the instructions I’ve outlined below.

pro tip: create an account (free) at makeagif.com for quality gifs and no watermarks.
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What’s the point of a “clean” URL? It makes sharing the image much easier, since it won’t link to a website, and instead directs users to the image itself. This way you can upload it to Twitter, Facebook, attach in an email, or even post in the Studio’s Forums minus the headache of sending anyone to a website.

Here we have the final product…

Huge success! (for us, not so much the driver of the truck)