Because of Tumblr I’ve fallen really hard for animated GIFs. I love them and if I knew that more people had faster internet I would be posting animated GIFs on every page. So, I decided to research how to make them.
yeappuda has a lovely tutorial on how to make animated GIFs using WINDOWS since it utilizes a program that is only available for people with windows. Available here. Ugh. I don’t think it’s a big secret that I have a Macbook Pro (sorry Mac haters). It’s highly detailed and very informal. I had a few problems following a step of two, but it’s useable.
Since I couldn’t really use that tutorial I had to google, search, and plod my way through a bunch of crap to try to find out how I could make an animated GIF on my computer without paying an additional $50 for some random application. I searched the whole day and right when I was about to upturn my table and splatter my brains against a sidewalk, I found my holy grail. It comes in the form of MPEG Streamclip + Photoshop CS6.
Here is my product:
Yay! It’s beautiful. I love it. It has IU in it. What more could I ask for?
So basically I was trying to make this GIF the traditional way where you take a movie clip, tell a program to translate the movie into a series of pictures called frames and then I take those frames, shove it into photoshop, and edit the hell out of it. I ran into a semi panic attack when I realized that photoshop CS6 didn’t have something called ‘animation’ anymore, it has something spliffy called ‘timeline.’
Then I realized that I didn’t even need MPEG Streamclip, I can open the video in photoshop and edit it like I was editing a movie, but then save it as a GIF. FML. I made things more complicated for myself. However, using the ‘movie editing’ way is a bit more confusing than editing it the ‘traditional’ way, so I don’t mind doing the extra steps and using MPEG Streamclip. Besides, with MPEG Streamclip I can control the size of my GIF file a lot better (by deleting frames). I’m thinking of making a tutorial soon (so other Mac users won’t pull their hair out until they’re bald).
Edit: I’ve started my own tutorial available here.