How do I make gifvs to put up on tumblr like you do? I have it uploaded in mp4 but can't figure out how to make it Gifv/webm, do you know?
Oh yeah. I can totally blow that fish out of the water for ya.
Now you didn’t really tell me what program you use, so I’m going to do it via CS6 Photoshop.
(I heard Gimp is a very similar program to PS and it’s free. Other than that I can’t tell you much about any other programs because I don’t know!)
So here goes. (It’s a bit lengthy, but simple. I think. >.>)
Basically you have to import it, not open it or else you’ll just be opening a video file. (It happens to me sometimes when I’m not paying attention. >.>)
You pick your video file you want. (Hurr.)
Then this window pops up. If you look at the bar below the picture, you see 2 black little half arrow heads and the grey tab in between them. The black arrows are basically to cut what you want to make for a gif. So whatever’s in between the left and right black half arrowheads then that’s what you’re going to work with. The Grey one is basically to scrub through the video to look at it so you can find what it is you’re looking for for giffin’. (Also a good file saving trick is to limit every 2 frames, keeps most of the motion while saving the file size, the human eye doesn’t necessarily miss every single frame you’re using, give it a try and see.)
When you hit okay on the previous window, then you have your frames in the bottom, there’s this little icon on the top right of where the picture panels are.
Right at the top riiiiight. Do you see it?
THAT THING. WHATEVER IT IS. So. Once you click on that, you can select “convert to video timeline” like in the above larger picture.
Then it becomes a video timeline, basically like viewing a movie. But we’re not done yet.
All these layers need to be grouped in a smart object. How do we make a sharp object?
I basically clicked at the bottom-most tab and scrolled to the top and hit shift + click at the very top layer, and it selects all of them. (It’s useful for anything really. I’m kinda really dumbing it down but that’s the best way I learn so. XD)
Then you right click or control + click (PC or Mac I dunno) on the grouped layers, whatever it is you use, you select convert to smart object.
Now it’s nice and grouped. This enables you to use adjustment layers on it now. Curves, brightness, color tints, anything, experiment with it.
All the little adjustment tools are above the layers so click on some and give it a try!
Once you are done with making it pretty, you go to file > save for Web.
Then this window pops up. These are the settings I usually use so, if you’re iffy about experimenting you can use these settings. You can modify the file size here, the colors, they’re all ways of making the file smaller and more manageable. Why? Needs to be under 2 MB for tumblr to allow it to work so. Keep it under 2 MB!
Oh also don’t forget to switch the looping options on Forever, or else the gif is only going to play for 1 cycle and then you just have a still picture and that’s not a gif at all!
And so you get something like this! I hope this has been helpful for you! This is basically my gif workflow. XD