Imgur is the most popular image and GIF (pronounced Jif) hosting services in the world. It was introduced back in 2009 by Alan Schaaf who had enough of the slow loading image hosting services that were being used on Reddit and thought he should make “an image hosting service that doesn’t suck”.
GIF stands for Graphic Interchange Format and is an image format by combining a bunch of images together can create an animated images. There are several issues with this format as quality is low, file sizes are huge and it is a format that isn’t optimized for mobile devices.
What is GIFV and why should i care?
GIFV is a new format introduced by Imgur which converts any animated image uploaded to the website to a compressed MP4 video format. This means that GIFs can now be significantly larger and higher quality, and the resulting files are still smaller than your average GIF. The image bellow takes up as much as 50MB as a normal GIF but once converted to GIFV it takes up just 3.5MB and of much better quality with higher frame rates.
You can create your own GIFV by uploading an animated image to Imgur which will then convert it to an MP4 video file with the .gifv extension. You can start uploading here or use services like Giphy. You can check out some more examples of GIFV’s here