There comes a time on the Internet when no response can quite say it like an animated GIF can. I mean, sure, you could type “WHAAAT?!?!?” but does that really capture the essence of befuddlement quite like this does: No, it does not. And it NEVER WILL. But Facebook users have been denied the special brand of satisfaction one enjoys when you get to summarize your mood with a looping animation. Facebook worried that allowing GIFs would make the site look too MySpace 1.0, too busy (yet they insist on that hideous news ticker in the corner, go figure). But Facebook has set aside its worries to work with Giphy and come up with a way for users to share their favorite GIFs. So how do you do it? Unfortunately, if you just copy and paste a GIF from any place on the web, it still won’t work on Facebook. But if you search Giphy for a good GIF and then share it on Facebook through the website, your friends will be able to click on your update and see the animated … [Read more...] about A great day for the Internet: You can now post animated GIFs on Facebook (sort of)
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This week we all caught wind of the new site called .GIF Hell, an app that scanned Twitter to find the most popular animated GIFs being shared in real-time. .GIF Hell was able to neatly package the GIFs going viral as well as those that were new and suddenly trending – i.e., you want that terrifying Miley twerk GIF moments after it aired at the VMAs? Well if it’s popular enough, .GIF Hell will have it, along with links back to everyone who tweeted it out and how long ago it first popped up on Twitter. But as things usually go with the Internet, porn happened, and as a reaction .GIF Hell is closed for clean up. Porn is a violation of the hosting service and .GIF Hell either has to get the stuff out of there or find a new home. “It’s intended to be a raw view of popular GIFs so the presence of porn was unsurprising to me and I don’t really see it as people trolling .GIF Hell,” developer and co-creator Adam Wentz tells us. “It’s … [Read more...] about Thanks for ruining the best new GIF gallery with porn, pervs
Earlier this month, Eric Cheng, Lytro’s director of photography, tweeted a photo taken with a Lytro camera. Lytro makes a light-field camera that captures photos you can refocus later, but there was something noticeably different about this particular photo: it had animation. Cheng also posted similar animated GIFs to his Google+ page. Naturally commenters wanted to know how it was done. Well, today, Lytro lets everyone in on the fun with a new iOS app that lets you create animated GIFs. And if you own a Lytro, you’ll need to upgrade the firmware to enable the built-in Wi-Fi, a feature that was never mentioned before.The app creates two types of animated GIFs: refocus animation and perspective shift animation. Refocus animation continuously changes the focusing between the foreground and background subjects – the Lytro camera’s magic trick. Perspective shift, a feature Lytro added to its desktop software in the previous firmware update, lets the user … [Read more...] about Lytro turns on Wi-Fi, gets social with new animated GIF-creating iOS app
I wrote this last week.I often think in animated GIF.It’s the Internet’s fault, really. Even a year ago I hadn’t been sucked in this deeply, but within something happened and the animated GIF went from image format of the Internet elite to medium of the masses.But there’s a big, big problem that we aren’t really talking about.Why won’t most social sites let you used animated GIFs?While Tumblr is littered with them and Google+ is giving it a shot, the format is anything but universally accepted by the Internet – and I want to know why.Why can’t I respond in an animated GIF to a Facebook comment? Right now, it looks like this when I try and feel all the feelings in GIF form:Horrible. And the same goes for Twitter – a messy link, and a barrier between the recipient and my imaged reaction. While it’s not exactly a social network, Gmail and Gchat (er, Hangouts … are we calling it Hangouts now? Did we unilaterally make a … [Read more...] about Social networks, hear our cries! Why don’t you all support animated GIFs?
Suffice it to say the Internet (and some Digital Trends staff members … ) have an obsession with animated GIFs. And if you’re really, really obsessive over these animated images, you can (sort of) play around with GIFs in real life with GIFTY.GIFTY looks part-toy, part novelty camera, which isn’t too far off from what it actually is: GIFTY is a college student’s thesis project that plays off of the Internet novelty of GIFs.The resulting images, frame by frame, are printed photo booth style onto Zink ink-less paper; while you can’t really make a real-life GIF on just a sheet of paper these photos can be cut and stitched together into a flipbook. OK so really, this is just a device that makes creating a photo flipbook way faster and more fun, but it’s pretty good Internet spin to call it an animated GIF printer. Obviously this style of animation isn’t digital and it’s bulky (and again … it’s just a flip book maker), but if … [Read more...] about This thesis project makes real-life animated GIFs! Wait … what?
During today’s feature-packed Google I/O conference, Senior VP Vic Gundotra unveiled some of the major enhancements coming to Google+, Google’s social networking platform. Users will see 41 new features across three major areas – Stream, Hangouts, and Photos – with Photos getting some nifty changes.On the desktop, Google+ is moving from a single stream to a multi-column layout that it introduced in its smart apps, allowing for greater design and depth. With photos and videos, this means they can span multiple columns “so you can get something that’s truly immersive,” Gundotra said. Google automatically analyzes the content, and places appropriate “related hashtags,” automatically ranking it and showing you related items. On stage, Gundotra showed a picture of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. There is no mention of the Eiffel Tower in the comments, but Google can use image analysis to determine that it’s the Eiffel Tower and … [Read more...] about Google+ Photos gets ‘auto awesome’ animated GIF feature and much more
It’s official: The animated GIF is enjoying a renaissance. Oxford Dictionaries has made “GIF” its word of the year, saying “GIF celebrated a lexical milestone in 2012, gaining traction as a verb, not just a noun.” And of course, the GIF celebrated its 25th birthday this year as well.GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format, and animated GIFs used an 8-bit color palette, and essentially are image files that store multiple images (or frames) inside them, giving the appearance of movement.And now, they are taking over the Web in new and old ways, and are nearly inescapable. But for all of the Tumblr blogs dedicated to animated GIFs of reality television moments, it’s an old medium. While the GIF was introduced in 1987 thanks to Compuserve, its likeness has been around for much longer. Stereographs created the original 3D images: Two images taken with stereoscope camera lenses separated by the distance of the human eye developed onto one film slide. … [Read more...] about 2012 shall henceforth be known as the year of the animated GIF
A new app called Cinemagram launched today, and it’s getting a lot of attention for bringing animated GIFs to the masses. It’s become a popular art form across Tumblr and fashion-focused social networks, and until recently came with a fairly complicated process. You’d need editing software access and know-how, as well as a good deal of patience. Of course there are generators out there but those clearly don’t produce the results you get from doing it yourself.But photography is going to the masses, and now this includes animated GIFs (which technically are cinemagraphs — they are published as animated GIF files, but for all intents and purposes you can still call them animated GIFs). Cinemagram is available for $1.99 for iOS and makes the creation process altogether very simple, plus it throws in a few filters to boot. It’s not the only option out there either: Kinotopic is fairly similar, and there are trade-offs between the two. Cinemagram has … [Read more...] about Cinemagram brings animated GIFS to the iPhone and makes us wonder what’s going on over at Instagram
If a picture says a thousand words, then an animated GIF probably says 10,000. Fifty thousand? A million? It depends on the number of frames you’re using; don’t overanalyze the metaphor! The point is GIFs are amazing. They’re like the flip books of the internet — great for conveying thoughts and emotions that words can’t describe, showcasing the antics of your adorable household pets, making abstract art, or just giving you a good chuckle.But this might be preaching to the choir. After all, if you’re reading this, you already know how awesome animated GIFs are. Chances are you have an idea for one stewing in your brain, but you just don’t know how to make that idea a reality. No need to worry. This simple tutorial should guide you through the process of making GIFs.How to make an animated GIFs using video (Photoshop)Before we jump right into the tutorial, we should address the elephant in the room. … [Read more...] about How to make animated GIFs with Photoshop (and other alternatives)
Animated GIFs, like the ones you see here, here and here, are easy to produce and can be used for short software demos, help videos and everything else that doesn’t require audio narration. Here are some reasons why an animated GIF may be a better alternative to screencast videos: People love sharing animated GIFs on social sites, especially Tumblr and Google Plus. Facebook doesn’t support animated GIFs yet but that could change. Animated GIFs render inside any browser without requiring plugins and, best of all, you may embed the GIF images in your email newsletters as well. Now that Google Image Search supports GIFs, your image-only screencasts have a better chance of getting discovered. Remember to use proper Alt and Title tags with the images.Bret Victor’s excellent writeup on Learnable Programming includes several micro-videos that explain the concepts of programming. Bret has used HTML5 (MP4) videos but such short video demos are also a perfect candidate for … [Read more...] about How I Make Software Demos using Animated GIFs