Ever heard of GIF extension?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Wishy13764, Sep 10, 2004.

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    Wishy13764 Guest

    A few years back I downloaded a video that had a gif extension. Haven't heard
    much of this extension nowadays. It played very well on my dvd player, whereas
    others I've had a problem. I would like to be able to convert some video clips,
    avi, mov and etc to this format. I went to VideoHelp web page and there was
    nothing there about such an extension. Does anyone know?
     
    Wishy13764, Sep 10, 2004
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    John W. Hall Guest

    Search Google for *.gif

    Graphics Interchange Format (IIRC) aka *.gif files are most used for
    static pictures with a limited colour palette. They do have a nifty
    facility for creating simple animation, by displaying a series of
    stills in rapid sequence. Was that perhaps what you saw?

    GIFs were hit by patent/royalty claims from Unisys a few years ago,
    but the last relevant patent expired earlier this year, IIRC. The PNG
    (Portable Network Graphics) project created a FOSS alternative,
    unemcumbered. There is an associated project working on animation but
    I don't recall the filetype.
     
    John W. Hall, Sep 10, 2004
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    Jukka Aho Guest

    Hard to believe it; GIF images are regularly used on almost
    every web page (except those which have switched to PNG for
    ideological reasons). Just take a quick peek in the image
    properties on various web pages - especially menu graphics,
    maps, comics and other such images are often stored in GIF
    format, because it compresses non-photographic images better
    than JPEG.

    GIF was originally conceived by CompuServe. Take a look at
    GIF was not designed to be a video format. However, it can be
    used for simple animations without sound. See for example
    <http://www.ausmall.com.au/freegraf/graphx04.htm>.
     
    Jukka Aho, Sep 10, 2004
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  4. "Wishy13764" wrote ...
    Probably an "animated GIF".
    Huh? It is certainly in the top-3 most used graphics formats in
    the known universe. There are likely 100s of millions of GIF
    files out on the internet.
    Now *that* is something most of us have likely never heard
    of before. videohelp.com has extensive listings of which DVD
    players support which formats. But GIF is not included as it
    would appear that nobody would want/need to do such a thing.
    It doesn't seem suitable for anything but short cartoon-like
    animations.
    Nobody thinks of GIF as a video format. It is primarily used
    for static images and short animations.
     
    Richard Crowley, Sep 10, 2004
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    Wishy13764 Guest

    Graphics Interchange Format (IIRC) aka *.gif files are most used for
    perhaps what you saw?>>>

    No, live human sequence..looked just like avi would. Definitely gif though
     
    Wishy13764, Sep 11, 2004
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    Wishy13764 Guest

    GIF was not designed to be a video format. However, it can be
    What i d/l were humans in a sequence...nothing animated about it..aka Disney.
     
    Wishy13764, Sep 11, 2004
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    Wishy13764 Guest

    It doesn't seem suitable for anything but short cartoon-like
    The gif file i had d/l were a party scene with humans, and very well done.
     
    Wishy13764, Sep 11, 2004
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    terry Guest

    does it have sound?
     
    terry, Sep 11, 2004
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