I mean this very lightly, but using a YouTube video that has no sound, along with the auto-play feature, can sometimes pass instead of using a GIF file.
For example, one site using auto-play with no sound: https://gdevapp.com/
Given the length of the video there, GIF might not be feasible. That YouTube clip provides a better option. It could also potentially draw people in to the YouTube channel for similar videos.
There are lots of cases where GIF will be better, but there are cases like the above where an auto-played YouTube video is optimal.
I post a lot of stuff to YouTube, much of which is designed for use with other software. I’ve got tons of Future Pinball gameplay videos, for example. They’re designed for use with app loaders like HyperSpin.
So how does someone get them all?
Easily, there are downloaders for YouTube videos. My favorite so far is this really new one: http://panastasiadist.github.io/SYLoader/
I like that one is because it’s open-source, developers can see what it’s doing! And, that thing downloads single videos as well as entire playlists in batches.
Just copy a YouTube url and it picks it up moments later and begins the download. Easy.
In case it helps to mention alternatives also, here’s a link: https://alternativeto.net/software/syloader/?license=opensource
Don’t be a Video Pirate!
I’m not one to advocate using downloaders for bad reasons like copying other people’s videos that they put hard work into. Don’t do that. But downloaders like this are incredibly useful for stuff like the Future Pinball videos I mentioned.
Hope it helps. 🙂