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24th-Feb-2013 06:03 pm
Ok you gif making people. I have a gif animator that I can finally use (yay!) and I made this as an experiment (isn't he cute?!). The question is, what's an ideal size (mb wise) for a gif? This is 5.7mb. It took a while to load so I wondered if that was normal for a gif. And does it take ages for it to animate the first time when you first view it? For me it's slow and then once it's animated it once it runs smoothly.

I will keep playing but I rather like the idea of gif making. :))

24th-Feb-2013 10:22 am (UTC)
I also like the idea of you gif making:))
24th-Feb-2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
Hee...if it becomes easier than it was for me before (though photoshop) then you just might see some more...;)
24th-Feb-2013 11:19 am (UTC)
I have no idea how it normally is - I just know he looks mighty fine in it.
What a beautiful man.
24th-Feb-2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
Isn't he gorgeous. He makes me melt into a pile of gooo...
24th-Feb-2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
He sure is.
24th-Feb-2013 12:19 pm (UTC)
Hi *waves* welcome to the wonderful (and addictive) world of animations ;D

what program are you using for the animations? *is nosy*

The file size is okay, at least it is for me. My animations tend to be huge in file size also. This is okay for display at livejournal, as long as it`s uploaded to another file storage, like photobucket. I think how long it takes for the animation to load depends on the internet connection. Mine is okay *ish*, and I always only post as many animations as I can load and watch myself at one time.
It happens sometimes that the animation takes a few seconds longer to load for the first time, just like you mentioned. No idea why this is, but I think it`s because of the internet connection (being bussy)

The bigger the size of the animation (width and height), the bigger the file size. You can reduce the file size by only using every 2-3 frame for the animation. By doing so the animation will still run smoothly, but the file size goes down.
The coloring you apply to the animation also adds to the file size

You could reduce the size of the animation itself. I prefer to use 450x253 for my big animations.

By doing so, using every other frame, reducing the ani size to 450 (or 500) aso, I got animations from 2-4 mb.

Recently I`ve made a 500x550 graphic that includes a 500x281 animation, the size for the finished graphic is 2.7 mb.

BTW, Photobucket is soon going to make a change, then you`ll need to keep your animations under 5 mb.
I`ve tried uploading a bigger than 5 mb animation, it doesn`t upload
(and this sucks, because I didn`t ask for the change, no one wants it, but they are going to do it anyway *argh*)

uhm, yeah, these are a few of my (probably useless, and random) thoughts about animations.
I`m sorry because of the novel lenght comment
24th-Feb-2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
This is great info. Thanks! That all actually makes sense to me. I'll have a play with sizes and I like like idea of only using every 2-3 frame.

And I am not looking forward to the photobucket change at all!! I liked the way it was. I will really miss a lot of their features. I didn't know about their 5mb limit.

Um...what about Tumblr- do you know?

Thanks so much for your great advice.
24th-Feb-2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
The tumblr limit for gifs is 1 mb, and that`s, not much.
That`s one of the resons why I, so far, didn´t post this many gifs to my tumblr. I still need to figure out a decent setting for my gifs so I can upload without them looking all crazy and weird.

It would be much easier for me to get tumblr sized gifs done if I`d be using Photoshop. But, I`m not, so I have to try find a different way.

I really don´t like most of the changes to photobucket. I`m wondering about what is going to happen to all the files that are over the new file limit. Because so far I could upload gifs up to 10 mb. And I have a LOT of gifs over 5 mb.
25th-Feb-2013 12:10 am (UTC)
Wow - only 1mb. But theres so many gifs on Tumblr. I'd be curious how they all manage to make them under 1mb. I'd be pretty sure they not all be made thru photoshop. Hmmmm...

Oh and the gif animator I now have is simply called GIF Animator. Very simple, but doesn't allow you to actually colour it or anything. It simply animates the stills. I am hoping to do any colouring etc in my vid program and then export stills.
24th-Feb-2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
Well, if you think about it, an animation is a collection of stills, and each still--well, my 640x352 screencaps are 150k each, so ten of them are 1.5M, so of course a ten-frame animation with my screencaps is going to be 1.5M plus however much space is necessary to tell the gif how fast to switch frames. (This particular gif, unsurprisingly, is 1.55M.)
24th-Feb-2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
Ah yes. This gif has 46 frames - so no wonder it too a while to load. Though I've been given a tip to lower that which is great. :)
24th-Feb-2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
Gifs! I'm looking at this on an older ipad which may totally have everything to do with it, but the gif looks like it got squished in from the sides a bit. Everything seems a touch too tall (I know, not possible with Jared) and too narrow. The more I watch it, the less I notice it...dimples are mesmerizing.....I'm pretty sure it's me, not you...ah geez, that sounds like the worst break up line ever but you know what I mean...I'm going to go find breakfast and try to wake up....carry on...8-)
24th-Feb-2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
No... I think that's me. I notice it on my computer also. I cropped this image (badly!) before I put it through my software to create the stills. And then I think the gif animator resizes it so it's bound to look weird. I am going to have to play with the sizing a lot more.

And no...it's not you. It's totally me. Let's still be friends...


24th-Feb-2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
And they say size doesn't matter.....snicker
24th-Feb-2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
Uh, what were you saying. I got distracted by the pretty....

Oh. gifs. Yeah, I got nothing. Other than, "keep 'em coming"
24th-Feb-2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
Totally distracting...that's for sure...;)
24th-Feb-2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
I don't know much about making graphics but that gif is completely adorable. :-))
25th-Feb-2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Glad you like! I was vidding and saw that smile and thought it would make a nifty gif if I could figure out how to make one.
24th-Feb-2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
He's adorable! I'm not a big expert on it, but I'd say that anything not larger than 1-2mb is probably ideal. A lot of gifs of the boys from cons that I've saved are usually within that range.

Great first try! :)
25th-Feb-2013 12:12 am (UTC)
Thanks hun! Yeah, I've just found out that Tumblr gifs have to be below 1mb. This would be waaaaay off that. Looks like I need to play some more if I want to put anything over there.

24th-Feb-2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
I have no idea how to go about making a gif, I just know pretty when I see it!
25th-Feb-2013 12:13 am (UTC)
*stares at icon*...Hmmm...maybe a need to try a gif from that scene...(Sam seems to be motivating me...*g*)
24th-Feb-2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
that is awesome. His face is just so expressive!
25th-Feb-2013 12:14 am (UTC)
Thanks! He's just too adorable for words when he smiles like that....
25th-Feb-2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
I know nothing about gif making. I'm just here to admire this one! ;)

26th-Feb-2013 11:42 am (UTC)
Now I wish I could make some others. The program isn't as flexible as I was hoping...:(( Time to figure Photoshop out I think.

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