I’ve not been around as much lately since I’ve been working on non-Daily Doodle type dealios (news on that stuff as it comes), but but but I’ve learned that Tumblr has recently improved their size and frame limits for GIFs!
To those who don’t post their own GIFs, this won’t mean much (except you’ll have nicer posts to reblog), but to those of us who make and post our own stuff, this is great news.
The old limit (in my experience, and I think others might have gotten other results) is that a GIF had to be under 1MB and under 30 frames long if the image is 500 pixels wide (that’s the width of the Tumblr Dashboard). If you posted it smaller than 500 pixels wide, you could have more frames and a bigger file size, I believe, but then the image quality suffered.
Now, in my experiments with the new size limits, you can post a GIF up to 2MB big, and as many as 90(!) frames long. You may even be able to do more frames as long as the file size is under 2mb; this is just what I’ve tried and been able to get to load.
Over time, I will likely re-upload and replace some of my older GIFs now that I can add more frames to them! So as I rerun older posts, you might notice that the animation is smoother or the picture quality is higher (I already loaded up one today).
(Since my GIFs are actually converted video clips that I create, I can just take the original video clip I have saved and re-convert it into a nicer GIF that fits under the new Tumblr GIF limits, so I’m not actually redoing the entire GIF or anything)
Sorry for the boring post talking about file sizes and GIFs and crap!! Hope everyone is doing well and all of your favourite shows renewed and your enemy’s last dying thought to be that they were never loved and never mattered.
EDIT: I’ve been told that Tumblr’s “Help” section says the size limit is 1.75MB, but I’ve uploaded GIFs larger than that (1.98MB) at the maximum pixel width (500 pixels), so maybe the 1.75MB limit is a loose guideline to shoot for.
David Michael Chandler
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