You asked: Why are GIFs larger than MP4?

Our research has found that animated GIFs are usually 5 to 10 times larger than a properly encoded MP4 video. This difference means that GIFs are not only wasting significant amounts of bandwidth, they are loading more slowly and creating a bad user experience.

Why is my GIF bigger than MP4?

One word, compression. MP4 videos can be compressed to much smaller sizes than GIFs. This means a smaller amount of data is transferred, hence, faster downloads and therefore, less time waiting for the page to load.

Why are GIFs so large?

GIFs use a lossless compression algorithm, so no information is lost by compressing the pixel data. … That’s why some of your animated GIFs may use more space than you expected, since combining a limited number of colors to get a certain realistic shade might mean using up more information.

Do GIFs take less space than videos?

Take what I said about reducing file size with a grain of salt – video of the same length takes up much less space than a GIF of the same length. … GIFs are especially useful if you’re doing something with limited colors, well defined edges and lines, and plan to use them sparingly.

Does GIF have a large file size?

As I touched on above, GIF files tend to run large. A GIF can be ten times the file size of an identical movie file. If you want good looking GIFs that can be shared around the web, this presents a problem. If you’re using high-speed broadband then loading a 10 MB GIF embedded in a webpage isn’t a problem.


How do you make a GIF less MB?

Lossy GIF compression

GIF compressor optimizes GIFs using Gifsicle and Lossy GIF encoder, which implements lossy LZW compression. It can reduce the animated GIF file size by 30%—50% at the cost of some dithering/noise. You can adjust the compression level with a simple slider to get the best result for your use case.

Why are GIFs bigger than video?

So if they’re images, why are they exporting bigger than the original video? Unlike the original video file that you uploaded, a GIF image contains multiple frames – the longer the duration, the more frames. So your 2 seconds of video, could contain up to 20 or more images within a single GIF file.