The View

Took another stab at an animated gif tonight. This one is from my favorite movie, and it’s of the moment before, what I think, is one of the most romantic few seconds in a movie. Just watching it reminds me of the first time I saw this movie and how powerful I found this scene. (The music in this scene is, I think, critical. It’s kind of weird to watch it in silence.) This movie introduced me to E.M. Forester when I was a teenager. I plowed through a collection of his novels right after I watched it.

In fact, I haven’t watched it in years, and now I think I’ll schedule a viewing for myself tomorrow night.

1 Second of "Room with a View"

This time I actually used Handbrake to capture the clip from my DVD and then used Photoshop to import the video into frames. Again, I couldn’t believe how easy that was. I didn’t drop frames on the import, so it’s pretty smooth. And I’m pretty happy with it.

6 thoughts on “The View”

  1. Yeah,

    This is very smooth, I have another animated GIF in me very soon, and I want to try it in Photoshop, but alas—I’m gonna have to bring out the GIMP.

    1. @mburtis I’m gonna need that older posts feature soon, the posts are coming in fast and furious. 🙂 #ds106

  2. That looks really good. How exactly did you use handbrake I am trying it now and am confused. Thank you.

  3. Hey Valerie,

    What step are you getting stuck on? Are you able to actual rip the DVD? If you’re at the very beginning, here are some basic instructions:

    Insert the DVD and open Handbrake (you’ll probably have the DVD autoplay when you insert it– just stop it).

    In Handbrake click “Source” and choose your DVD.

    Once you do this, you’ll be able to select the chapter you want to rip. Then click Start.

    By default, the movie should output to an MP4 file which you can edit in video editing software. My next step was to open it in iMovie and actually clip the exact segment that I wanted to make my gif from. Then I exported this as an .mov file.

    In Photoshop, I was able to import this .mov file. Choose Import -> Video Frames to Layers from the File menu. This will literally make a layer out of each frame of the video. You can then export it as an animated gif (make sure you use Save for Web & Devices when you save/export to preserve the animation).

    That’s really quick and dirty — there are tons of options I skipped over, but maybe it’ll help. . .

  4. When I tried to use Handbrake it gave me pixelated videos with distorted sound. I followed the same process Martha just described, not sure what if anything I did wrong.

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