Animated gifs are a popular way of adding some movement to Web pages, enhancing message board avatars or livening up corporate logos. Animation has always been created by compiling a sequence of still images, from the earliest zoetropes, to modern HD-3D movies. As a result, you can convert any video sequence into a gif animation using readily available software tools.
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Things you need
- Video clip in .avi format
- Virtual Dub
Launch Windows Movie Maker or QuickTime, and click the "File" menu. Select "Open" and navigate to the .avi file you plan to work with. Once the file has opened, use the sliding tools on the ends of the timeline to crop the clip down to a length of around 3-6 seconds. Save a copy of the file by clicking "Publish" or "Export" in the file menu. Select .avi format, and save the file.
Download Virtual Dub from cnet.download.com, Sourceforge or another download repository. Double-click the "Setup.exe" file and install the software. Any version after 1.8 is suitable. Virtual Dub is a completely free application with a GPL license.
Click the "File" menu, then the "Open" option. In the dialogue box that appears, navigate to the .avi file you plan to convert to an animated .gif. 2 windows will appear side by side on your screen. The left side will show your raw video, the right side, the video after any processing has been applied. As of now, it will be blank.
Click the "File" menu, followed by "Export" and "Animated GIF." A dialogue box will appear, requesting you choose a file name and select looping options for the animation. You can set it to loop once, loop infinitely, or enter a specific number of times you would like it to repeat. Upon clicking "OK," a dialogue box will appear displaying information, about the .gif file as the avi converts. Allow the progress bar to reach 100 per cent.
Open the gif file in Internet Explorer or another compatible program to ensure it has worked correctly.
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