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Dragon7
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Posted:I dont know what the problem with the search is right now, and i do know that there are avatar threads but i can find anything! The search is coming up blank eek and i spent hrs last night trying to find a thread i "know" existed but is no longer found frown redface

Anyway i was wondering about how to make .gif avatars. I have fottage i can use and really just need to know how to do it or if anyone here is kind enough to help ubbangel confused

I was hoping something like strugz avatar which looks like this :


Non-Https Image Link


Right now i only have WMM (windows movie maker). Do u know if its possible to make them with WMM? Or do i HAVE to get prem [iv been waiting afew weeks for my friend to send me prem but still no luck frown ]

Or are there other free downloadable software products i can use to make it?

I also have hosting space so that should be fine...

Ideas ?


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vanize
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Posted:what you have to do is get a series of frame captures from the movie (say using quicktime pro or some such thing) and then use those to construct an animated gif after resizing them to avatar size. to make the animated gif you have to assign which image you want for which frame - and all the images must be the same size gif images. The easiest way to do this is with a gif animation program - many of which you can find as free ware (do a google search on gif animation how to or some such thing to find some). just be sure to read the free ware licience to make sure you aren't allowing it to install spyware on your machine. I know there is a nice easy free one redily available out there w/o spyware, but I can't remember the name right now - will post agian if I do think of it.

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Sym
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Posted:You can do it with Fireworks and Flach from Macromedia or many other programs.

If you want to do it for free though, try The GIMP. http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/
It's the Photoshop of the OOS world and it can do loads of stuff photoshop can.

Heres a tutorial from a Google search for "gimp animated gif":

http://linuxguide.automatedshops.com/GimpGuide/anim_gif.html
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You'll need to export a load of still frames from WMM and put them in to The GIMP and save it as a ani-gif.

Good luck. If all else fails, send the movie over and I'll do it in flash.


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strugz
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Posted:Hey Dragon

I used Adobe Image ready to do mine - you load in the avi sequence and it renders the gif for you..... it took me ages to get the quality settings down low enough to make an avatar. You should be able to find it on limewire or kazza.

If you get real REAL stuck then shout and ill post you one wink


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Sym
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Posted:Oh yeah, I forgot to say that you could just break the law and do it!

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Dragon7
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Posted:ubblol biggrin thanks! U guys rrrrack.

Im on it...


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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

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Posted:Please help me now! why don't an avators display on my computer in the forums-no little cross logo or anything!, yet they display in the picture galleries, I don't understand!

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and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

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pricklyleaf
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Posted:ah, its ok, fixed it now!

Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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