Sounds like a busy week indeed! I know how that goes. When you are ready, here are two clean programs that will help you make gifs: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/youtube_downloader_hd.html (this is a free program but downloading it from an unsafe site can include malware with it: however, this site is safe) and http://www.video-gif-converter.com/ (also free with directions on the site). These are as easy to use as any of these programs I've worked with. This one will not allow you to place text on the gif, and you will have to move into more complicated programs to do that. Have fun getting into gifs!
Thankee! I'd like to get time to master the art of AnimiGIFS...however I'm having to pullaway some as of this week to get myself motivated on these book covers I'm hired to do, and working as the lead honcho at the polls, which involves inventorying all the election supplies for my precinct and taking training!