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Making Simple Animations by Splinks Making Simple Animations by Splinks
THIS IS ALL I USE

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.



STEPS


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
[link]

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"...select 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 XCF....so 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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:iconroos-skywalker:
Roos-Skywalker Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I use GIF Movie Gear. I open the .AVI in that program and save it as a .GIF. Done.
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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 gifsoup.com, download it, then import it into Photoshop and edit all the frames, then I transfer it into Illustrator for final touches.
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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
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theyaoimistress Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
thanks a lot, i was looking for something like this!
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:iconaviatorthemurdoc:
AviatortheMurdoc Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
Do you have to have GAP to make animations, or can you just use GIMP?
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:iconsplinks:
Splinks Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Student Filmographer
i just use gimp. I can't seem to find a Gap extension for windows
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:iconaviatorthemurdoc:
AviatortheMurdoc Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Thanks heaps! I spent ages trying to make gap work on my computer but it never did.
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:iconkoszule:
KoSzuLe Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
I freggin love you man! Thanks alot for!! :D
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:iconsaisuki:
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)
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:iconfoodly:
foodly Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
I use GIMP :)
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:iconconniekidd:
conniekidd Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I use gimp! :heart:
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:iconsaisuki:
Saisuki Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:highfive: gimp-users unite!!
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:iconconniekidd:
conniekidd Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeahh! :highfive:
:icongimpplz:
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:iconsaisuki:
Saisuki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMGoSH. There's a gimpplz?!!!!! We've been represented!! :XD:
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:iconconniekidd:
conniekidd Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
YES! There is a gimpplz xD
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:iconxgirlofglassx:
xGirlOfGlassx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
it seems whenever i try to make a new layer it takes forever on gimp like i press 'new layer' on my current image but i have no idea if it load or not and it's making me so angry DX
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:iconhacky93:
HacKy93 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Thanks for sharing dude, even when I did that with videos already, but with Fireworks. Gonna try GIMP sometime.
Btw, nice animations :)
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:iconnfeyrna:
nFeyrna Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the tutorial this is just awesome. I've always wanted to do stuff like this but never knew how but thanks to you, I has a way.
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abcameronxyz Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
this is really awesome
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:iconnomikia:
Nomikia Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
That's cool :D Thanks for makin' a little thing so people can -try to- make things like you. I'll have to try it out sometime.
I have a question though; I got GIMP a few weeks ago but I couldn't make animations until I got GAP: do you need both programs or was that my error?
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:iconsplinks:
Splinks Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Student Filmographer
You don't need Gap but you can use it as a replacement, it just tends to be abit more difficult and time consuming.
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:iconnomikia:
Nomikia Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Ah, okay. thanks :)
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DBZSHONEN13 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Your stuff is cool,but is there gimp for mac? :headache:
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:iconsplinks:
Splinks Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Student Filmographer
yes there is. just google gimp for mac
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:icondbzshonen13:
DBZSHONEN13 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Okayz. :D
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:iconjynxsbox:
JynxsBox Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
This is Frakin awesome. I already have this stuff so this should be oodles of fun.
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:iconpharaphernalia:
pharaphernalia Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
im gunna have to try this sometime : D
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:iconwhitewolf12321:
whitewolf12321 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
hiya... i have a question... i drew all the frames and now i want to make them into an animation, i have gimp but i don't know what to put it on so it plays...
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:iconaiilshaej:
aiilshaej Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Student Writer
I have a mac. Can I still download gimp? (or rather, will it work)
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:iconsplinks:
Splinks Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Student Filmographer
yes you can, just go here [link]
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:iconrabidwolf22:
Rabidwolf22 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Thanks. All I really need to get is Quicktime.
Just curious...can you use any video player on your computer and just press the "print screen" button, then paste it into Gimp?
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:iconsplinks:
Splinks Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Student Filmographer
you can use that method too. you just have to crop it when your done with all the layers.
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:iconrabidwolf22:
Rabidwolf22 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
Ah, I see.
Thanks for your help. :]
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:iconjohanalee:
johanalee Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I have been trying to make animations....forever... Everytime I try I epic fail.... Never heard of Gimp before... I may have to try it out...
P.s. I watched you and want to say I totally dig your stuff~~
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dragonhalf13570 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well I have tha camera that makes videos into AVI, so Im good with that XD, Im really gonna give this a shot this is pretty awesome, thanks man XD.
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:iconrebeccaisleft:
RebeccaIsLeft Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, this kind of animation is one of the most original I've seen in a long time.
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:iconsplinks:
Splinks Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Student Filmographer
Thank you, and most of the material is free except the camera
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:iconrebeccaisleft:
RebeccaIsLeft Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. :D
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:iconhpbowchicka:
HPbowchicka Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
I use gimp but every time I upload it dA says "select a preview image" because it saves as a document! How do I convert it to a picture file?
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:iconsplinks:
Splinks Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Student Filmographer
You'll have to make 150 x 150 or smaller sized image as a preview. So basically just upload both animations, the miniature and regular...and should be ok
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:iconlumaris:
Lumaris Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Gotta try this someday. :D
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:iconxosofine02:
xosofine02 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
Thank you you such a nice person for making this some would like to the how to for themselves so no one else can :)
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:iconsplinks:
Splinks Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student Filmographer
Thank you, ya i always like to help out for those that want to try.
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:iconfancycake:
fancycake Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
How long does this usually take you?
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:iconsplinks:
Splinks Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Student Filmographer
well it depends on the effect. for a simple one without effects it would be maybe 10 minutes, But effects and tons of touch ups take and hour to 5 hours with no breaks
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:iconfancycake:
fancycake Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
Thanks!
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:iconsplinks:
Splinks Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Student Filmographer
anytime
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doodlediddy Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
I might add that if you have a way to lock down your camera you should. Also, if you have a camera you can set high speed multiple picture takes you can get pretty much the same effect as a digital camcorder and not have to worry about copying frames from a video.
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:iconsplinks:
Splinks Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Student Filmographer
Hmmm that's not a bad idea, but during filming there's a lot of dead footage that i cut out. And my camera unfortunately doesn't have that feature. But if I were to do picture shooting I would make so many mistakes like accidental deleting and image sizing
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riopio Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Heyy~ I have that camera. :3
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