November 13, 2016


So apparently the way to draw traffic and interest is to post pictures, and I've been way remiss in that department.

Way back when I was reviewing Deadman Wonderland, I mentioned a scene where the security chief of the prison went and donned a catsuit to explore a part of the prison that was secret to her, even though her own uniform would have served her better. There was a delightful shot of her zipping it up. I remember asking other people what they were using to make animated .gifs, but no advice was forthcoming. I was never able to compile one.

I still can't, but someone else did make one of the aforementioned scene, so I present that in all its mesmerizing glory.

I know some would rather see it go down than up, but I'm weird that way.

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Posted by: J Greely at November 14, 2016 01:49 PM (ZlYZd)

2 Now splice them together to go up and down....

Posted by: Mauser at November 14, 2016 06:24 PM (5Ktpu)

3 Heh. I sped it up, but it's still a 10 MB file.

"Now make her do the crawl action." :-)

Posted by: J Greely at November 14, 2016 08:16 PM (ZlYZd)

4 Should only be twice as big, unless something is creating extra frames. the animated .gif spec allows you to set the timing, I thought.

Posted by: Mauser at November 15, 2016 06:09 PM (5Ktpu)

5 Yup. Original 5.72 MB, reversed 4.97 MB, up-and-down 9.95 MB; it looks like gifsicle did a better job of calculating the differences between frames than whatever the original poster used.


Posted by: J Greely at November 15, 2016 11:01 PM (ZlYZd)

6 I didn't realize just how big that file was. If I had more traffic, Pixy would prolly demand I put it behind the more tab...

Posted by: Mauser at November 16, 2016 07:49 PM (5Ktpu)

7 BTW, What's Gifsicle?

Posted by: Mauser at November 16, 2016 10:06 PM (5Ktpu)

8 Command-line tool available for Linux, Mac, and Windows, for manipulating regular and animated GIFs. I used it to split the animation into individual frames, then reversed the list of file names and reassembled it.


Posted by: J Greely at November 16, 2016 10:24 PM (ZlYZd)

9 Hmmm, somewhere I have a copy of the Microsoft GIF making tool, and ifranview has a command for saving off all the individual frames of an animated .gif (but not frame stepping controls, like the old Mac program GraphicConverter).

It's odd that such an old format does not have a better suite of tools.

Posted by: Mauser at November 17, 2016 08:41 PM (5Ktpu)

10 Software patents. By the time they expired, lots of people had moved on to PNG, etc, and had no reason to write new tools.

Something I didn't know until just now is that sites like imgur are now auto-converting animated GIFs to MP4 video, reducing the file size to around 5%. I just tried it on the 10MB GIF I made, and the size dropped to 423 KB. The downside is that you have to wrap it in a 'video' tag with the 'autoplay' and 'loop' attributes set.

Tumblr needs to start doing this, preferably without the autoplay tag...


Posted by: J Greely at November 17, 2016 11:00 PM (ZlYZd)

11 Twitter does something like that, the downside being, you can't save them.

Posted by: Mauser at November 18, 2016 05:16 PM (5Ktpu)

12 I'm sure there's a way to bypass their trick, much the way youtube downloading tools do it. Honestly, the way they start auto-playing videos and gifs on your phone as you scroll through tweets is almost as annoying as their Left-handed censorship, and with so many people abandoning the platform, soon I won't care how Twitter does anything. :-)


Posted by: J Greely at November 18, 2016 09:49 PM (ZlYZd)

13 Perhaps, but have you noticed that the YouTube downloaders have turned into crap lately? I had one that holds off its high rez versions for paid users.

Posted by: Mauser at November 19, 2016 09:50 PM (5Ktpu)

14 BTW, the source is episode 8, about 7 minutes in. It actually goes a little higher than the .gif shows. No idea why they cut it short, other than file size.

Posted by: Mauser at December 26, 2016 09:47 PM (5Ktpu)

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