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    gif animation

    Hello people, im a new member and totally new at linux. i need to know how to make a .gif animation that will run on firefox.

    i have a series of .jpg files (from paraView). im guessing that there is a really simple way of just having each one of them as a frame and make a gif animation directly(preferably from CLI?). the files are sequentially numbered: u.00.jpg, u.01.jpg and so on...

    please help.
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    Farhan

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    Re: gif animation

    Quote Originally Posted by homer_j17 View Post
    i have a series of .jpg files (from paraView). im guessing that there is a really simple way of just having each one of them as a frame and make a gif animation directly(preferably from CLI?).
    The two easiest ways I can think of are either:

    a) Open all the files in Gimp, "using open as layers". You will need to fiddle a bit with the layer transparency modes and frame replacement modes, but look in Filters->Animation and the Gimp help pages.

    b) ImageMagick tools do command line animation, with a lengthy tutorial at http://www.imagemagick.org/Usage/anim_basics/

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    Re: gif animation

    There is a plugin for GIMP (The main image editing software), called GAP. Have a look for it in the repositries. When it's installed, there is an extra menu for animation/video. If you have done gif animations in Photoshop before, you may be familiar. It may be too much for you though if you just want a very simple gif animation.

    Try to create an image with each layer, a part of the animation that you want, and then export to gif. I think it gives you the option of saving as animation. That should solve it.

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    Re: gif animation

    You may find http://www.getdeb.net/app/LiVES helpful. It's a video editor that accepts jpeg images as single frames, provide transition effects and will save as animated GIF. GIMP gives you the ability to edit individual frames and even set a different frame rate for each frame. I find both useful.
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    Re: gif animation

    As noted by StuartN, the Imagemagick convert utility will do what you want. To see how this works, try the following command:

    Code:
    convert -delay 100 -loop 0 *.jpg output.gif
    Last edited by kaibob; October 17th, 2009 at 07:25 PM.

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