Here’s a first stab at an animated gif for DS106. I used to Mac The Ripper to extract the first chapter of Chinatown and then used MPEG Streamclip to select my clip and export it as an .mp4. I then used gifninja.com to create the gif. Since it was tiny, I resized it using the advanced resize tool resizeimage.org. There’s a handy link right on the gifninja homepage.

The problem is that the end result was a HUGE file — about 4.2MBs — whose quality isn’t all that great and which doesn’t seem to work all that well. I’m going to have to explore other possibilities when I have more time, including extracting several frames from the gifninja output file as Jabiz did, but this is fine for now. Here’s the original as well as two other tries, which I output at 100% quality in MPEG Streamclip.



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2 Responses to First animated GIFs

  1. JimNo Gravatar says:

    Awesome,
    I love Rocky’s brother-in-law throwing the papers. And Gittes blinking is a nice effect. So what is up with the small gif size? I have to figure this out as well given I haven’t even done this yet. Is it gifninja that makes it so small? What makes it small?

  2. MikhailNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, Jimmy. I think I figured out how to do it right w/o gifninja. You can import a clip as frames into photoshop and then have to remove a good number of them (say, every other one so that it’s 12fps and not 24) to reduce the file size. Then save as a gif and yr in business. I’ll write it up once I master it.

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