Aren't GIF's supposed to be lower MB than MP4?

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I recently took a 2 min screen grab with SnagIt 13.0.2.

After taking the video there is a GIF button.
GIF was created and the MB size is extremely larger than the video.

MP4 = 15MB
GIF = 55MB

Is there a default setting I am missing somewhere to lower the frame rate?

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Kyle Ortman

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Posted 3 years ago

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If an animated Gif is created, each frame in the animation is an image.  A two-minute animated Gif is longer than most I've experienced and it would need a lot of images to sustain two-minutes of changes.

It will be interesting to hear what support reports about SnagIt's animated Gif creation.
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In general, GIFs are larger than MP4s.  

However, we do have settings that allow you to customize the output of your GIF.  When you press the GIF button there is an "Optimize for: " dropdown, in there you can select Custom which will show options for frame rate as well as some more advanced options.

Hope this helps!
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In general, an animated GIF has a full image for each frame, while MP4 and other video codecs will only have a full image every so often (a "keyframe") and otherwise will only have the information that changes from frame to frame. Animated GIFs are usually smaller than MP4s because GIF authors make them smaller dimensions, 10 frames/second instead of 30, lower color depth, and so on.