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Making Simple Animations by Splinks Making Simple Animations by Splinks

Both programs are free and the camera is just a simple $50-$70 (depending where you live) Wal-Mart camera. Now some may ask how I use this equipment to make an animation...Well Guess What I'm here to give you my personal and simplest steps on how to make a simple video animation. Hope this helps you all.


1. get some video of a pose or action then save it on the computer...(AVI files work well)

2. open it on quicktime player which is free at this site or any other on google

3. just copy LAYERS of the video while its paused in quicktime and paste it into gimp.....(gimp you must press the "new layer" button on the layers dialog box after each paste)

4. gimp can be found at the following links.....
Windows: [link]
Mac: [link]

5. then just keep pasteing image by image in gimp then save it as a GIF format which all you do is just add ".gif" at the end of the name of the document then you'll have the option of saving it as an animation or "save as merged" animation.....and ta da u made a simple animation

P.S. if u wish to add effect like erasing urself or shooting lighting waves then please do effects before u save it as a "gif".....or either you'll just have a picture that moves which is fine just no super effects...if u dont finish a project then dont worry gimp also has a file type u are able to save to called basicly when u saved ur project just add ".xcf" at the end of the name......and u can get back to ur project with no lost data

SUGGESTION: An actual video camera is alot better to use then a digital unless you can set your camera to NOT have auto light setting


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Roos-Skywalker Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I use GIF Movie Gear. I open the .AVI in that program and save it as a .GIF. Done.
Jonh2o Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
What I've done in the past is uploaded the video into Vegas with effects, then upload privately into YouTube. After that I import it into a paid version of, download it, then import it into Photoshop and edit all the frames, then I transfer it into Illustrator for final touches.
ccaammoo Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
in gimp you can download an extra animation pack GAP that makes it way easier, you can just pick out a video and the frames from the video you want and they all show up in layers! ^~^ love your animations btw
theyaoimistress Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
thanks a lot, i was looking for something like this!
AviatortheMurdoc Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
Do you have to have GAP to make animations, or can you just use GIMP?
Splinks Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Student Filmographer
i just use gimp. I can't seem to find a Gap extension for windows
AviatortheMurdoc Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Thanks heaps! I spent ages trying to make gap work on my computer but it never did.
KoSzuLe Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
I freggin love you man! Thanks alot for!! :D
Saisuki Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG, YOU USE GIMP?! (I do too XD lmao. no one seems to use gimp, so i get a bit overexcited. a bit)
foodly Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
I use GIMP :)
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