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 Post subject: Merge 2 Animated GIFs The Easy Way
PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:45 am  (#1) 
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There is an easy way to put an animated GIF onto another animated GIF.
I used 'Will's Scrip Pack' from here: http://registry.gimp.org/node/24408

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Quick Howto
A made the background GIF from a time-lapsed clip of an aurora (aurora australis).
I made the second half of the frames series a backwards copy of the first half of the frame series so the
aurora doesn't stop somewhere and jerk back to the first frame. I have called this the GIF 'infinite mode'.
I positioned the top GIF on a transparent canvas the same size as the background GIF.
Both images have the same number of frames.
Then I opened 'Will's Script Pack' Animation Merge.
This scrip makes it stupidly easy to merge the GIFs into one.
Here's the settings I used.
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As usual the GIF quality is rubbish but a better animation is here:
http://i.imgur.com/lwyyI7a.gifv
I'm sure the Animation Merge script could handle adding GIFs to previously merged GIFs.


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 Post subject: Re: Merge 2 Animated GIFs The Easy Way
PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:19 am  (#2) 
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Yep, I've been using this often for animation merging
It's good to do some preparation and basic math before merging the animations,
so that they are divisible and you don't end up with huge amounts of frames.


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 Post subject: Re: Merge 2 Animated GIFs The Easy Way
PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:53 pm  (#3) 
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Tas, that is a nice animated effect. Thanks for the tip, Nidhogg. I have used Will's script before a time or two and never thought about the math but it makes sense.


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 Post subject: Re: Merge 2 Animated GIFs The Easy Way
PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:32 pm  (#4) 
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Great info Tas_mania. This will help those that use Gimp only.

If I wanted to combine GIF animations (or any animations) I would do it in a Video Editor/ Compositor instead. Much more options going that route. Example would be my current Airplane sig.

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 Post subject: Re: Merge 2 Animated GIFs The Easy Way
PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:47 am  (#5) 
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Hi racer-x,
You are right about using a video editor for animations. I learned on Sony Vegas and there is not much it can't do. It's a good thing video editors have a similar design so changing them is relatively easy. Do you know about the 'creative commons' license on youtube?
If you select it as a search filter you can re-use content that it's covered by. Most people upload and leave it at the default 'standard youtube license'.


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