This would be the second one that I've tried to make. The first was a quick hack
This was assembled two years ago and I don't remember any of the resources I used.
Basically, it is just a series of images, mushed together in a sequence, so that it appears to be a moving image. Think of those 16mm movie projectors you'd use in high school. Well, we used them. I'm guessing that everything is digital today.
I needed an image to see if my proof of concept would work.
So, I had to find something to edit. Something fairly simple, but fun. It needed to be copyright free. I found a photo from the New York Public Library.
|The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: |
Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
"Charlie Bastian and Denny Lyons" New York Public Library Digital Collections.
Accessed October 5, 2015.
I envisioned the base runner sliding right by the bag. I isolated the runner.
Since I'd be layering the runner back on to the picture, I had to fill in that blank space. Copy and paste some of the existing ground.
But that left the fielder with just one leg. A bit of copy and paste from his other leg makes him look not so piratey.
Then just drop in the runner. Not knowing how much to move him, I selected .35 inches at a time. I created an individual image each time I moved him.
These are frames 1, 5 and 10, out of 25. I then went to EZGif.com, uploaded my individual images, tweaked some dials and got my completed GIF.
I used paint dot net as my image editing software. It was not my intention for this post to be a complete "how to" on image editing, just a simple overview of how I made my GIF. The DPLA has some great resources on GIF making.
As I said, this was a proof of concept. Could it work? Could I do it? What could or did I learn from this?
Yes, it can work. Yes, I could do it. I need to clean up the images. I was concerned about pasting the ground into the hole left by the runner. The patches aren't really discernible. Your eye is drawn to the runner sliding across the frame. I do need to clean up the runner. You know, remove the glove from his knee. I might also move him in smaller increments. Maybe a quarter of an inch at a time. It might lead to a smoother GIF.
So, back to editing, hopefully to make it better.