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Converting Formats and Compatible Softwares

Jun 25, 2014, 11:22
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Hi,

I just started using GIMP and it turns out to be the easiest thing to get a hold off. However, one problem, after completing my layers of animation into a full length story, I haven't found (after searching long hours) a decent video editing software that is compatible with GIMP. I tried to get the standard ones like Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere Pro but the xcf files of my GIMP creations were not compatible with any of them.

So, next, I tried to export the xcf files, turning them into gif or jpeg formats and seemed to do so successfully. However, on my mac, it seems when I try to open the files on a video editing software, the image and name of the now converted xcf files are in a light grey colour and cannot be selected.

First problem and the worst - please help! Kind regards.
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Jun 25, 2014, 11:43 (This post was last modified: Jun 25, 2014 11:44 by ofnuts.)
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The best non-lossy format is PNG. GIF entails an unavoidable loss of colors. If you stick to JPEG, try to disable the "Progessive" option in the advanced options of the export dialog.

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Jun 25, 2014, 12:19
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RE: Converting Formats and Compatible Softwares
Usual caveat - Not familiar with OSX

Quote:I just started using GIMP and it turns out to be the easiest thing to get a hold off. However, one problem, after completing my layers of animation into a full length story, I haven't found (after searching long hours) a decent video editing software that is compatible with GIMP. I tried to get the standard ones like Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere Pro but the xcf files of my GIMP creations were not compatible with any of them.

I would not call PremierePro standard (not even decent, although I am biased), expensive maybe, but it depends what you want to do, generally there is an alternative. Gimp xcf files are not going to work with most video editors that I know of, the only one is OpenShot and that is Linux only.

Quote:So, next, I tried to export the xcf files, turning them into gif or jpeg formats and seemed to do so successfully. However, on my mac, it seems when I try to open the files on a video editing software, the image and name of the now converted xcf files are in a light grey colour and cannot be selected.

Greyed-out files, surely a permissions problem.

Can you describe your work-flow?

You are making and animation in Gimp, and you need to turn that into a video? What format video?
You want to import the images from the animation into the video track, give each image a (suitably short) duration, and render that to video - is that correct?

some possibilities.
For jpeg, it could be that the export dialog needs "progressive" in advanced options unticking.

There are plug-ins that will save each layer of a .xcf image to a separate images, this is the one I use, http://registry.gimp.org/node/18440 saves to png, but there are other plugins.

According to videohelp there is an ffmpeg for OSX, I do not know its capabilities. see
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/sections/...ideo-tools

a simple command for converting individual images to video is something like
Code:
ffmpeg -r 15 -b 1000 -i name%03d.png test.avi
It can get more complicated than that when specifying a particular codec, again I do not know the OSX capabilities.

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