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Foreward: What is a gif?

GIF: (Graphic Interchange Format) - A common format for image files, especially suitable for images containing large areas of the same color. GIF(pronounced as either jiff or giff) images also have the abilty to display transparency and can be compressed multiple images into a single sequence.

So What? Well the bottom line is that gifs are cool.
Part 1: What do I need to make a gif?

A program, duh. But which program? Here are some options

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Jasc Animation Shop 3: The best all-around program for making gifs from AVI or MPEG files. The backbone of OAG and my personal favorite. <---GET THIS



+ Adobe Imageready: A fantastic product for creating just about any web image you can think of. Problem is, it only reads .mov and .mpg files for making gifs.Unless you install a plug-in I'm not sure exists.<---AND THIS IF YOU CAN


+ Ulead Gif Animator: Early version sucked hardcore. Newest version still does. Alot of useless effects and a lack of any workspace make it a tad annoying. Reads many file types but crashes very often and no "cull frames" option is horrible.<--POOP

Part 2: How do I get stuff to make gifs from?

Of course to make any sort of gif you need to either create something frame by frame or import(take directly) from a video or animation file. The dumbest and most time consuming way is to play a video file in winamp or something and try to click the screen capture button really fast. Don't EVER do that it's moronic.

Here's another big question, "Wher cun I find da movies you get teh stuff froms cn u's sends them to m3!:-))))!!"

And I quote that. The answer is anywhere. You can use Anime Music Videos, Fansubs, movie trailers, commercials, anything that is encoded in avi, mpeg, mpg,mov ext. as long as the program you use reads it. Most often I try to get Raw fansubs, that means without any subtitles. Either that or AMVs because often you'll find a load of great action scenes in a very small video with little or no subtitles to begin with. I will not get into where you can download these, if you can use a search engine to find this site, you can find Torrents or something.

Copyed directly from http://www.otakugifs.com/tutorial.htm
Posted 9/29/08
nice info ....but can you make it a lil bit shorter, please...I don't think everyone will read through everything "scratches her head" e.g. me lol
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Posted 9/29/08
Fine just use adobe photoshop then
Posted 9/29/08
thank you that was much easier to read lol
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your welcome~ =P
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Posted 10/16/08 , edited 10/16/08
Or you people can go to Glitterfly.com to make avi's for you like making any kind of picture sparkle and add words into it also.

like this one........

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There's a couple of other, much simpler ways to get sources & then to actually make gifs.
Here's a pretty simple way to do it.

1) Download VirtualDub.
http://sourceforge.net/project/downloading.php?groupname=virtualdub&filename=VirtualDub-1.8.7.zip&use_mirror=voxel This should take you to the direct DL link. If it doesn't work, go to: http://virtualdub.sourceforge.net/ and download the first version with the word "STABLE" next to it. (Don't get an experimental version. It's liable to crash a LOT.)

2) Get some .avi's (or Mpgs).
VirtualDub only works with .avi files (or Mpg.s), I'm afraid.
2) (alt) If you don't have access to .avi's, (if you're using CR or RealMedia files) you're going to have to go with the more traditional "Ctrl+Alt+Print Screen" option. Please remember that the average anime has 29.94 frames per SECOND, so this will give you a MUCH jerkier .gif.

3) Open your file with VirtualDub.

4) Drag the slider along the bar until you get to the first frame you want in the .gif. Press "Home". Drag the slider until the last frame you want in the gif. (No more than about 600 frames, or your gif will be huge, and most programs will be crippled while loading it. The number of frames selected will show up at the very bottom of the VDub window.) Press the "End" key.

5) File > Export > Image Sequence... Pick an empty folder. Save as .jpg or .png. (BMP or Targa are also ok, but I prefer these two.)

6) Open the folder you just exported to. Open the window so that there are rows of 4 (or 6) columns. Delete every file in the second (four columns) or third (six columns) column. And then every file in the last column. This will cut down on redundant frames.

7) Open up your program. (I use Adobe ImageReady. I think it works in a similar way in JASC). Go to File > Import > Folder As Frames... and then click on your folder.

8) Make sure the frames are in order. Change the timing if you so desire, so that some frames last longer than others.

9) File > Save Optimized As...

10) Done!

This can also be done directly in Adobe Image Ready (CS and later, I believe). Just ignore Steps 1-7, and instead File > Open and open an Avi or Mpg file. Then find the frame you want to start with, and then hold shift + drag till you find the last frame you want. Click the mark for Limit To Every and change it to either 2nd or 3rd.
I find ImageReady doesn't like most DivX encoded files, so this could make life difficult for you. But give it a try.

It should give you something like this:

Steps 3-5. The source used is Koopiskeva's "Euphoria", which can be found at animemusicvideos.org. The blue line shows the first and last frames, with the blue being all the frames we'll export.



This is the options box for the "Export to Folder" in VirtualDub


Step 6. You would delete all the blue highlighted frames.


Step 7 & 8


The final result.


I also have another tutorial I've written about making story-based .gifs, which also covers things like tweening. I'd be happy to add it if you'd like.
-Thanks to ragnarok for teaching me how to do this originally.

Edit: Almost forgot. Go to Edit > Image size and set it to something more reasonable, like... 75 x 100 or whatever.
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