Animated GIF Experiments

Hours of my downtime have been dedicated to searching YouTube and the web for every military documentary video (film) imaginable. I am fascinated by the footage, sound effects and even the voices of the narrators. I find it interesting to wonder why the producers and writers of these documentaries chose the footage they did.

In particular, I enjoy following up the retelling of a battle by finding related reading materials from a library. The more I learn by reading, watching and listening to these historical accounts of battles and events, the more questions I have.

When I am not watching or searching for historical battle footage on YouTube, which I like to call "watching war" I enjoy rolling strikes at any local bowling alley in the US or Canada! The following animated GIFs were made for fun and from YouTube video footage I found after having envisioned it prior to finding the video. Currently I have been thinking or "envisioning" a train animated GIF sequence.

Finally, I am always on the look out for bits of video footage I think would make a great animated GIF experiment.

Animated GIF Experiment

How-to on creating the GIF:

  • Found the footage on YouTube.
  • Downloaded the video (mp4) to my computer with the Firefox Add-on FlashGot.
  • Viewed the downloaded video in VLC media player to find the segment I wanted to use in the animated GIF.
  • Noted the time sequence, in seconds, from start to stop, in the video and inputted them, and the video into HandBrake.
  • Activated the extraction tool within HandBrake to create a short video (mp4) which was opened in Adobe Photoshop CC.
  • Exported the clip into a .gif format with a loop using the "Save-As" procedure.
  • Used the following webpage as a guide: Create frame animations.
  • Also, used the webpages found from the following search phrase: What is the best Animated GIF settings in Photoshop.