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Animated GIF conversion

Apr 8, 2014, 18:44
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Animated GIF conversion
Looking to make a movie using animated gif's. I need to make many of these to get the desired effect. I would normally use Microsoft Movie maker, but the new version doesn't recognize gif's as video. Is there a safe site to download a converter or any other way to convert gif's as Wmv's?
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Apr 8, 2014, 19:51 (This post was last modified: Apr 8, 2014 19:54 by rich2005.)
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RE: Animated GIF conversion
http://www.imagemagick.org seems to be down at the moment but Imagemagick although command line gives an easy conversion from gif to video

Code:
convert file.gif file.mpg
or
convert file.gif file.avi

mpg is 25 fps type1 - constant bitrate Not sure what the avi is, maybe mjpeg.

The windows IM comes with its own ffmpeg, There is also a good windows version here
http://www.paehl.de/home.htm - look in the open source section.
direct link http://www.paehl.com/open_source/?Conver...s___FFMPEG

A bit tedious to use. An individual frame converts like this

Code:
ffmpeg -loop_input -i input.png -r 25 -t 10 -qscale 2 output.mpg

(I have a feeling that syntax is now deprecated I will check that out tomorrow)

So you need a batch file to cycle throught the frames and build up the video. There is no equivalent to a gif timing setting in video, you have to do it by multiplying frames

If you build up your own sequence of frames it becomes a single line.

Code:
ffmpeg -r 15 -b 1000 -i name%04d.png test.avi

-r = frame rate: -b = bitrate -t time in secs
name%04d.png is a file name along the lines of name0001.png

It all sounds more complicated than it is but it helps if you are comfortable with command line.

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Apr 8, 2014, 20:42
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RE: Animated GIF conversion
I know nothing about code. I could save individual frames, but I'm talking 100's of them. It's one thing to make that many layers, it's another to save each frame. Any easier way? I took Windows Movie maker off an XP on to my 7, but now it won't save it. I suppose I could transfer all my work on to that one, but that kinda defeats the point of having a computer of my own to work on.
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Apr 9, 2014, 00:57
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RE: Animated GIF conversion
I did find an online converter. I now can use Movie Maker to edit the gifs'.
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