Inserting an animated gif, possible?

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Inserting an animated gif, possible?

Post by trantornator » Sat May 31, 2014 7:31 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm building a little animation using some old computer sprites as background characters and was wondering if it's possible to have animated gifs run in their own loops during an animation project or if I have to break them down and switch the frames out manually in AS? I'm using version 9.

I would love to just ahve them look on their own. :)
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Re: Inserting an animated gif, possible?

Post by synthsin75 » Sat May 31, 2014 9:36 pm

AS doesn't support animated gifs. You'll have to break them down into image sequences for switches.
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Re: Inserting an animated gif, possible?

Post by trantornator » Sat May 31, 2014 10:09 pm

I was afraid of that, but was worth a try. Thanks. :)
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Re: Inserting an animated gif, possible?

Post by jahnocli » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:14 pm

If you've got Flash, here's a quick way to do it (Just tried it on my old version of Flash 8,, works fine):

1) Import animated gif to Flash -- choose 'Stage' to import it to
2) Export animation as Movie, image sequence -- choose 24 bit PNG sequence with transparency
3) Choose a name for sequence ending in a number, press go (or whatever it is!)
4) You now have an image sequence to import into AS complete with preserved transparency
5) Ta da!
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Re: Inserting an animated gif, possible?

Post by Víctor Paredes » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:03 pm

Also, if you have Quicktime pro, you can open your gif and save it as mov (but I'm not sure if it maintains the alpha).
Opening gif with quicktime is also very useful to quickly analyse them frame by frame.
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Re: Inserting an animated gif, possible?

Post by Lostmymarbles » Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:28 pm

You can break the gif up as previously advised by other users, I would personally use Jasc-animation studio ( $89 I think) and save the individual frames as JPEGS, then use a switch layer to move between them.
I've used online convert a couple of times ,for video mostly but it does also convert gifs- I feel a switch layer - with a bone layer to control it and allow scaling is the best option.

http://www.online-convert.com

I've reedited this comment - as I hadn't tested it for gifs earlier on !
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Re: Inserting an animated gif, possible?

Post by guyver93 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:15 pm

The absolute easiest way I've found to do this is to convert it to an .mov (as the others have said) by using this online conversion site.

http://video.online-convert.com/convert-to-mov

It is super easy, and more importantly it's FREE. This way you don't to buy, open up or download another program. Just go here and do it online in seconds!!!
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