|Bindi Jumps for Beggin' Strips - A furry animated GIF|
Today I'm sharing a quick and easy tech HOW-TO!"Uh, Jenn, why are you going all tech on us?" you ask.
Because I'm on a mission to keep you all young and hip. I know you are either a teenager, or you have one in your life who you would like to think that you're not obsolete. Am I right?
You may have caught Friday's blog post where I needed an animated GIF to show a Thaumatrope business card in motion. It only took me a few minutes to figure it out and I knew I wanted to share the process with you as soon as possible. My apologies to the non-iOS users, this is a how-to on an iPhone. There are hundreds of ways to make animated gifs, if you don't have an iPhone, I recommend you take 30 minutes to give it a try on your Android or other smart phone app.
First, let me take a second to share a little extra knowledge about the .gif file format. I have always pronounced it (even from art school) with a hard g, but it actually is supposed to be pronounced like the peanut butter (JIFF). Here's the proof. But, I'm not going along without a gripe or two.
Why should you make an animated gif for your blog or website? I'm so glad you asked! Here is my list of 5 reasons to try making a .GIF:
- You'll learn something new and you'll be a little smarter
- You can show a technique like folding paper or hand stitching in a loop for your reader
- You can have fun showing something in fast or slow motion
- The draw attention to something specific in your blog with motion.
- Sharing GIFs can go viral in social media
Are you ready to try? Here are the directions. Read them then turn a short video into a gif and post it! tag it #MakingGifs. I can't wait to see them all!
To get started, I downloaded the FREE 5secondsapp (@5secondsapp) from the iTunes App store.
Then I wanted to shoot a quick video. Bindi, the Wonder Pup, said I should definitely shoot her getting some Beggin' Strips.
|Clip of Bindi in motion|
|The whole clip in my photo stream.|
|Tap the Camera button to get this|
options. Choose Video from
|Your clip may be too long. If so|
you'll get this warning. Move the
yellow slider to adjust the section.
|Once you have the slider|
where you want, tap Choose.
|The app will then trim the video.|
|Then the app will convert it.|
|There are multiple editing options|
along the bottom of the screen.
First tap at the top to add a title.
|Note the speed change along the|
bottom, too. That can make
a crazy jumping dog!
|Then use the crop square option|
and crop the video to where
the action is.
|Now you can share or save it.|
|Mail it to your friends!|