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Moving gifs Play Mobil experiment

•• Published on: Apr 26, 2016

My curiosity aroused by Snapchat, I had another look at animated gifs. Animated gifs are comprised of a number of still images with variations running quickly one after another to give the appearance of movement. Much in the manner of traditional or stop motion animation.

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Usually, I use an online animation Gif generator such as that at gifmaker.me to create Animated Gifs. On this occasion, I tried an app on my iPhone called ‘MoPho’. The first Gif was portrait in orientation. The second Gif was shot to be landscape. The 2nd experiment threw up a little surprise. I opened that Gif with ‘Preview’ on the desktop to rotate the pics to landscape.

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However rotating this animated Gif killed it’s continuous play. I restored that and reduced the Gif size in another desktop app called ‘Giphy Capture’ see the result below. Refresh the page to view the Gif above in motion.

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One of the features that amused, but is useful. Is the double exposure element, when a shot is taken in MoPho Story, a ghost of the previous image remains on the screen, this allows the author to align the next image as desired in relation to the previous image.

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The moving Gifs displayed here have an exaggerated fun handheld, childish quality. If the phone were stabilised on a stand the end results could impressive.

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All in all a fun app with potential. ‘Don Bluth Productions’ won’t be lining up, just yet for my skills, however it’s all good fun, in the best possible taste.

 

ZIG and ZAG • The Fridge in a Denim Jacket

* In school I drew detailed characters moving around the edge of my copy books. During college I considered doing a 7 year animation apprenticeship. At RTE I painted cells for a Zig & Zag animation title sequence & their book The Fridge in a denim jacket.



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