Want to highlight a great play during a sports event? Easily create a GIF of the buzzer beater or big play using GIFS.com

A few weeks ago, I was listening to my staff’s livestream of a basketball game when I heard the announcers get super excited about a made basket right before halftime. I went and rewound the play and saw that it was a pretty great bank shot to end the half.

It got me thinking, there should be an easy way to save and archive big plays. These could be used in a variety of ways from promoting past or upcoming streams to creating an end of season post highlighting the top plays of the season.

I found this article that showed how to make GIFs from a Youtube video and then I called up the clip of the game and found the play I wanted. It was pretty quick and easy to capture the moment get the site to give me an embeddable GIF. After I created an account, I even had the option to download the GIF.

There is a paid version where you can get some extra features and remove watermarks, but the one made and shared here in this post was created with the free version.

If you’d like more tips about livestreaming activities, check out our livestream guide here.

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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