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Producing Animated GIF Avatars from Youtube Videos

 

Theres a LOT of these request topics floating around. Maybe this tutorial will lessen the traffic.

 

Required Programmes

 

VirtualDUB An open source video manipulator

An image manipulation programme caipable of editing animated GIFs

 

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For this example I will be working with
Step Number Explanation Screenshot
Step 1 Copy Video URL (Add '&fmt=18' For HQ) Click
Step 2 Paste URL Into Vixy
Step 3 Select 'Save as AVI' and Download when converted Click -> Click
Step 4 Open VirtualDub and import AVI
Step 5 Crop Click
Step 6 Select range and resize to 64x64 Click -> Click
Step 7 Export as GIF Animation Click
Step 8 Import into Image manipulation Software
Step 9 Change Canvas to 60x60 and White. Save
Step 10 Re-open, change canvas size to 62x62. Save
Step 11 Re-open, change canvas to black & 64x64. Save
Step 12 Upload to image host. Click
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Steps 9 through 11 were to achieve the effect of a dual coloured boarder for those confused

 

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I can generally do these in about 2 - 3 minutes including processing time. It becomes easy after a few tries.

& Once again: Now, no more PM's! biggrin.gif

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Narcis_speed6

thanks allot Michael icon14.gificon14.gificon14.gif

i always wondered where can i get a clear tutorial, and here it is biggrin.gif

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Another extremely helpful guide, Michael.

 

You really should get a commend or something for your help around the Requests section.

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how can i cut the wanted parts from a video? confused.gif
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how can i cut the wanted parts from a video? confused.gif

Step 6 : Select Range

You change the offset from the start and finish.

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how can i cut the wanted parts from a video?  confused.gif

Step 6 : Select Range

You change the offset from the start and finish.

i knew i was doing it ok, but after exporting it the gif is not moving (maybe my pc problem confused.gif )

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Thanks for this.

I only know methods via Flash and Photoshop.

Flash gives terrible quality, and Photoshop won't let me import videos saying I don't have Quicktime (which I do).

 

So this is much appreciated icon14.gif .

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how can i cut the wanted parts from a video?  confused.gif

Step 6 : Select Range

You change the offset from the start and finish.

i knew i was doing it ok, but after exporting it the gif is not moving (maybe my pc problem confused.gif )

Nope I doubt it will be a PC problem. Are you sure your EXPORTING as an ANIMATED gif? and not just 'saving as gif' smile.gif

& Thanks for everyones feedback smile.gif its appriciated

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This really is a great tutorial! Good job!

 

One thing: how do I reduce the file size of my .gif? Right now it is at 171kb. I tried looking in ImageReady for some settings, but nothing. I assume it's not possible in VirtualDub, because it didn't ask me for any quality settings.

 

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@ Ed: There are a number of ways. Firstly, you could try using the non HQ URL (if you added &fmt=18) at the start, secondly, you could try changing the range parametres so the loop is smaller. There is also the ablility to edit the frame rate in VirtualDub. Furthermore you could remove every other frame once your inside your image manipulation software. This will cut the size by half. Finally, you can try optimising from your image software. In photoshop, I believe its called 'save for web', and in fireworks theres the 'export wizard' which allows you to type in your desired filesize and it wil do its best to cram it down for you. There is many many more approaches to a smaller filesize too, its just a matter of finding them out colgate.gif

 

& @ Wolf : I didn't see that, but it looks like youve gone about it generally the same way. Youve taken the long route though. Remember, virtualdub can do pretty much all of the work apart from the boarder. Its just a case of exploiting it. Kudos for your tutorial though, If id have seen it I honestly might not have bothered. smile.gif

 

& @ Blizzard. Thanks for the additional feedback. I didnt know you had an archive though, did gta_talk hand over the keys?

 

 

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Very handy tutorial. You make everything so simple.

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I discovered a way to cut file sizes up to 10x times or more! In ImageReady, in the Optimize window, where it says Preset, choose GIF 64. I don't know the difference between Dithered and No dither, but No dither looks fine.

 

Outcome:

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No border yet, though.

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I discovered a way to cut file sizes up to 10x times or more! In ImageReady, in the Optimize window, GIF 64. I don't know the difference between Dithered and No dither

No border yet, though.

Yeah its looking good, if a little patchy, but Its always a compromise when you have limits. GIF64 has less colours in its palette than normal.

Dithering means that photoshop will be making a new colour from overlaying 2 existing colours around eachother as dots, giving the effect of a new colour. It makes everything look smoother.

 

& Thanks Guru biggrin.gif

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& @ Blizzard. Thanks for the additional feedback. I didnt know you had an archive though, did gta_talk hand over the keys?

I dont know if you were being sarcastic or anything, but I just copy and paste the link onto a well organised Table in MS Mord Works! biggrin.gif

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I have added it to the the archive.

 

Very nice tutorial by the way.

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& @ Blizzard. Thanks for the additional feedback. I didnt know you had an archive though, did gta_talk hand over the keys?

I dont know if you were being sarcastic or anything, but I just copy and paste the link onto a well organised Table in MS Mord Works! biggrin.gif

Oh, YOUR Archive, I thought you meant a GTAF Tutorial Topic archive or something smile.gif

& Thanks gta_talk, I tried to make it mimick the other one I made for Xara3d, since I was pretty happy with the layout of that.

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& @ Blizzard. Thanks for the additional feedback. I didnt know you had an archive though, did gta_talk hand over the keys?

I dont know if you were being sarcastic or anything, but I just copy and paste the link onto a well organised Table in MS Mord Works! biggrin.gif

Oh, YOUR Archive, I thought you meant a GTAF Tutorial Topic archive or something smile.gif

& Thanks gta_talk, I tried to make it mimick the other one I made for Xara3d, since I was pretty happy with the layout of that.

Yes it is very nice layout. straight to the point step by step and not 20 paragraphs on how to do a simple task.

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Brilliant Michael, Been wondering on how to do this for a days age now.

 

Thanks a bunch.

 

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GentlemanSquid

There is also an easier way to do this that doesn't involve using VirtualDub but you need PS, save it as a .MOV then import video to layers in PS, only works for .MOVs though.

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@ ^ : Try following this. Should fix the missing codec and allow you to follow the tutorial through and make Gifs using this method.

I seem to remember encountering a similar problem myself some time ago.

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^^

Seems like you've pretty much got the hang of it

But, whoah , that second animation is huuuge!

It might help if you were to cut down the range on that video (The first clip of homer and the vaccum is easily enough) lol.gif

Furthermore, try going through the frames and deleting every other one (See below) . Then repeat that process a few times. (FW)

 

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It will make things run faster (at the risk of becoming choppy) and will also cut down filesize

Good Luck!

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Does anybody else get an error from Vixy.com saying

Error: URL resolve error. (YouTube.com is down??)

 

 

Is it a temporary thing?

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happens to me too, i dont know what wrong confused.gif
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If I'm reading it right the steps about opening the GIF in an image editor and changing the canvas and what not is just to add the white border. There is another way and one you can add to VirtualDub to do it for you

Go here and download this add on Border Control http://www.geocities.com/siwalters_uk/fnews.html get th one in green under VirtualDub.

Within the zip file is a file called BrdCntrl235.vdf copy that to the VirutalDub/plugins folder

Now under Filters you'll see Border Control

 

However using it isn't as simple as it should be sadly. Instead of being able to just simply type the numbers you want into the fields you have to to click on the up/down arrows (you can just click and hold on the arrows).

Going off the same tutorial example (different video) just add 1 for the top, bottom, left, and right "Black Region" then change Red, Green and Blue to 255 to get white (the default is 0 which gets you black)

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To get the same effect as what Michael has with a black (outside) and white (inside) border just use the folder twice.

First with the white border using let's say 2 all around. Then follow that with the black with 1 all around. If you do it the other way around the white will cover the black.

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Thanks for that Wolf, it cuts out the need for any image software altogether, meaning literally anyone can make these avatars now, as all the software needed is open source. Kudos for the find! cookie.gif

 

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