By Make Fire Interactive
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GIF Animator is Mac user's best choice for creating amazing animations, avatars, banners and userpics. With this app you can easily convert Video to GIF, or create GIF animation from set of images with a few clicks.
▼ Key features:
● Compiling animation from imported frames
● Importing frames from: video files, PSD layers, animated images, static images
● Automatic frame scaling
● Editing GIF files: add/remove/order frames, configure GIF settings
● Animation testing
● Drag and Drop support
▼ GIF Animator supports variety of import file formats including:
● image formats: GIF, JPG, PNG, JNG, MNG, TIFF, BMP, TGA, PSD, PCX, MAC, PCT
● video formats: AVI, M2V, M4V, MP4, MOV, MPEG, WMV
Best for those w/o Photoshop, etc.
This is okay for non-graphics people, but probably a waste of money if you have Photoshop. And I'm a bit surprised by the absense of some basic control settings.
I bought this app on a whim (heck, only 99¢), after misunderstanding this app's capabilities. If you have Photoshop 5 or later, you can pretty much do everything this app does, but with a lot more control. This app does not allow you to resize the movie (say you want to turn an animation into a small GIF avatar), and it gives zero control of GIF settings that can help make smaller files. It's really a one trick pony.
If you want to be super-technical about my criticism, I'll say this app can help turn an image sequence into an animation, though I just use an older version of QuickTime to do that, then import the movie into PSD. This gives me TONS more control over the image and sequence after that.
Not worth a buck.
I was looking for an app with a simple interface so that I could take those few funny seconds from home videos and turn them into .gifs. Since I'm not a video editing expert, this looked like a good place to start. I read the reviews first and was a bit skeptical, but figured that perhaps the other users were looking for something more advanced than me, so I bought it anyway.
The first thing I noticed is that any video I import is seriously lacking in quality. When I play the video itself in QuickTime, it's a nice clear picture. But when I import into the app and make my gif, the video quality is just awful. I attempted to go to their website for technical support but Safari can't connect to their server. Go figure. Luckily, it was only 99 cents, so at least I didn't break the bank buying this app. In fact, I'm sure at some point in my life I've spent a dollar more foolishly than I did on this app……but nothing comes to mind.
Yes it’s worth a buck...
I wanted to animate static images into an animation for testing (pngs), and once I realized that it won’t load if you have an alpha channel and exported with the images on a white background, it worked perfectly. I’ve gotten my dollars worth in the first 5 minutes of owning it, though that depends on what you’re looking for.
I can’t comment on how it handles video since I haven’t tried it (and probably won’t), but that’s not what I was looking for. The issue with alpha is an issue with the GIF format itself - though a warning might have been nice.