Originally Posted by Miss Lydia
I just love your avatar. now why didn't you show me how to do that when you were here?
Originally Posted by DiamondSwan
Yes! Please tell us how you did that with your avatar!!!!
Because I probably do it the most horribly complicated way possible, but it is the stuff I have - I can do it fairly easily and don't do enough of it to want to pay anything to change. I run Linux for all my personal computer work. I use Windows for work, but that is all and there have been various times that I have used Macs here and there (even when they were Lisas) and I think I have hit most of their major version changes. Sooooo.
1. I acquire a video (security cam, phone, camera, whatever).
2. I load it into HandBrake (This is available for Windows also) I use that to crop the video to the area of interest scale it if necessary and save it.
3. I load the output into OpenShot Video Editor (This is only available for Linux, but it is available on a self-supporting live DVD which you can boot off directly without making any changes to your computer). I trim the start and end of so that only the duration I want is left. I can also adjust contrast/brightness/saturation as required. I export the short video as an image sequence (a directory full of pictures).
4. I delete the excess pictures to bring the frame rate down to around 10 frames / second typically this means keep one, delete 5. This is easier than it sounds - I open the file selector in icon mode and set it so that it is 12 icons wide. I select all the icons in the first column and 7th column. Click invert selection, then delete them.
5. I load all the pictures as layers in a single "image" in the Gimp image editor (available for Windows), click "optimize for GIF" and then export the resulting file as a gif animation with 100ms between frames.
I am sure there are several commercial programs out there that can do all of this by themselves, but these are all free and I already use them and they get the job done. (And I don't have to follow these directions). So for the basics if you can figure out your program:
Crop and trim down to what you really want, nobody wants to wait 5 minutes for a gif to load.
Make sure your quality looks as good as it can.
Export as a .gif.
Edited by Tevyes Dad - 12/16/15 at 3:09pm