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HOW TO: Make animated GIFs from QuickTime movies

Discussion in 'How To' started by WagTheWog, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. WagTheWog Member

    HOW TO: Make animated GIFs from QuickTime movies

    This is a method I recently figured out. It uses "Photoshop CS4 Extended."

    KillerCat has been working on this project too, so all props there as well.

    Here are the steps I figured out along with my results:

    STEPS:

    Open QuickTime Movie in Photoshop CS4 Extended.

    Windows Menu > Open Animation Window.

    From Animation Window Menu (top right of the long animation window) > Flatten Frames Into Layers.

    Delete all frames EXCEPT #1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc. -- Keep First and Last Frames.

    Animation Window Menu > Make Frames From Layers.

    Set the "Work Area" to the frames you want to show in the animation (most likely 1st through the last).

    Save a COPY of the document (good idea since I had some crashes at this point), then:
    Animation Window Menu > Trim Document Duration To Work Area.

    Animation Window Menu > Convert To Frame Animation.

    In the bottom left of the Animation Window, set the Looping you want (once, forever, etc.)

    Shift Select the First & Last frames to select all.

    In the bottom right of one of the frames you can set a delay. Since all frames are selected this delay will be applied to all frames. A delay of .1 sec will return the animation back to pretty close the speed of the original video.

    With the Animation Window selected:
    File Menu > Save for Web & Devices.

    Save as .Gif with:
    - Colors = 256
    - Dither = 100%
    - You can also set the looping in this window (at the bottom)

    Click Save.

    Win.

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  2. MeganonOT8 Member

    Re: HOW TO: Make animated GIFs from QuickTime movies

    pretty cool.. too bad i don't have quick time.. :/ soon pretty soon.
  3. dirto Member

    Re: HOW TO: Make animated GIFs from QuickTime movies

    as for me I use VidGif...
  4. Paroxetine Samurai Moderator

    Re: HOW TO: Make animated GIFs from QuickTime movies

    What if you have just GIMP? I am a poor fag that can't afford Adobe Photoshop CS4 or the full blown version of Quicktime...

    If I could find the way... OOOHHH the fun I'd have!
  5. WagTheWog Member

    Re: HOW TO: Make animated GIFs from QuickTime movies

    Hmmm... I'll have to check that out!
    Thanks!

    Edit:
    I'm on a Mac . . . I guess I'll need to get "Parallels"
    http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/
  6. another123 Member

    Re: HOW TO: Make animated GIFs from QuickTime movies

    For those anons with ancient windows systems (all the way back to 98), you can use virtualdub avi editor. One of the utilities built in: converting avi 2 gif (great for those movie clips).

    And for getting YouTube mp4's into an AVI format: Pazera-Free-MP-To-AVI-Converter

    Used them both, heavily. And they're both freeware (for those of you on a budget)
  7. Tweak Member

    Re: HOW TO: Make animated GIFs from QuickTime movies

    You can create animated avatar and convert avi to gif using Video Avatar.Also convert video to gif. It's must be helpful to you)
  8. JohnnyRUClear Member

    Re: HOW TO: Make animated GIFs from QuickTime movies

    Thanks very much. I'm on WinMe and always happy to find things that work.

    I got Pazera and used it to make an AVI from an MP4, which was very easy. However, the default resulted in an xvid codec being missing when I tried to play the output AVI, with both WMP and VirtualDub. I'm very inexperienced with codecs and such, so... what's the fix there? Can I download it from someplace and have it be "installed" or whatever for all applications?

    Please PM me if you have an answer, whether you post it here or just in the PM. Thanks.
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