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Thread: Creating an animated GIF from an MPG clip. (1st post)

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    Default Creating an animated GIF from an MPG clip. (1st post)

    Firstly, "HI" this is my first post. I'm a complete newcomer to the video world and ready and willing to learn!

    I have a JVC Everio GZ-MC100, and 0% skill

    Onto my question...

    I want to create a small, short animated GIFs from the MPEG2 video I shoot, as a preview thumbnail.

    Someone suggested I try Ulead Gif Animator, so I downloaded the trial. But when I try to load the file I get File Format Mismatch. Although it says it should allow you to load up *.MPG files.

    Could it be that the camera does not produce real MPEG2 files?
    Or do you think I need some kind of MPEG2 codec??
    Or something else...

    As you can see, I'm clueless, and would be happy to take any of your advice.

    Thanks,

    Rob

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    WEll to really work ive found with adobe you have to export as .mov files

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    Rob, when you say it's for a preview thumbnail, is that preview intended for the web?

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    Yes. It's a gif intended for the web. A short animated gif as a little preview when you hold your cursor over it

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    If you're taking the MPEG2 streams directly from you camera then I'm guessing you're using MicroMV. If not it's likely to be mini DVD... or alternatively another proprietary format. Either way you'll have to convert first before Ulead's going to import your file. Try section 10 of the FAQ - http://www.videoforums.co.uk/reviews/faq - to convert to another format first.

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    It's actually a 4GB microdrive, but i suppose the principle is the same. I will try to convert it first, thanks for the advice!

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    Convert it to AVI, then set as the texture of a box that fits the whole screen in "Ulead COOL 3D Production Studio" set the frame rate, and go to File/CreateAnimationFile/AnimatedGIFFile and just save it.

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