I've used GifBrewery for years to make GIFs from screen recordings, but just realized their app is currently unsupported (UPDATE: Actually, as @AndyDentPerth mentions below, turns out GifBrewery is still online, just on a different site post-acquisition. So it's still a great option—along with all the other tools others shared below for recording Gifs).
What's the best way to record your screen and save it as an animated GIF now?
You haven't lived until you switch to CleanShot X, which will let you select an area of your screen, and then choose to record it as a video or GIF, directly.
I use this feature everyday.
@Jumpshare does native gif recording although I wouldn’t say it’s an alternate to gif brewery
licecap is pretty confusing at first, but it does the job. Record some part of your screen and save it directly as a gif. Make sure the file name you pick to save as ends in ".gif" to avoid a bug that makes it otherwise not save at all.
What makes you say it is unsupported - it is working fine for me on the latest macOS. I recommend it regularly and just used it to create the latest gifs on https://www.touchgram.com/
Unfortunately, Zoho Sites doesn't support embedding even tiny mp4 movies so I've stuck with using these gifs to show off bits of interaction.
One of the things I love about GifBrewery is that I can play around with sizes and speeds to dramatically reduce file size. It also lets you see how well color optimisation settings work. I will always start with video recordings (either ScreenFlow or native macOS capture) then want to tweak my gifs. It's the difference between sticking a 5MB gif up on our site and a similarly-appealing 1.3MB gif.
Interesting discussion. I was looking for a gif capture recently and tried a bunch of them - including Giphy and Gifox - but was unsatisfied with the output size and quality.
Recording using Mac's built-in tools and then converting using Gifski seems to give the best results.
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