4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 19, 2014 9:50 PM by Rick Gerard

    problem importing GIF sequence


      I am unable to import a carefully numbered GIF sequence into AE. When I try to drag the folder containing the numbered GIF sequence into the project window, AE says "After Effects error: file cannot be imported -- files of type "" cannot be used as sequences. Importing using the import command doesn't work either, giving me the option to import not as a sequence, only as footage. And it doesn't consolidate the 32 GIFS, it just lays them up in the project window as individual GIF files. How might I correct this problem?


        • 1. Re: problem importing GIF sequence
          Adolfo Rozenfeld Adobe Employee


          After Effects handles GIF files through a Quicktime importer. Because of this, the ability to import as sequence is not available as it is for other file formats. Also, the Quicktime importer sees GIF files as "movies" and tries to preserve the existiing animation frames in a given GIF file, rather than import numbered GIFs as sequences.


          You can use Photoshop's batch processor (File > Automate > Batch) or a number of other utilities to quickly convert your GIF files to PNG or any other format you may want.


          Note that GIFs work in indexed color mode, with a palette of up to 256 colors. If you consider that for many AE users a range of 16.7 million of colors as normally used in 8 bit per channel processing is not enough and choose to use billions or trillions of colors, then you can see why bringing GIFs is a convenient feature but hardly top priority. Remember that in After Effects, the source files don't have any relationship with how the output file is produced. You could export a GIF animation regardless of the source format you used.

          • 2. Re: problem importing GIF sequence
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

            As pointed out, GIF is a legacy format. when working with AE, there is no reason to use it at all. In case you haven't Photoshop, try an image viewer with built-in batch processing such as XnView. This will easily allow you to convert to PNG, TIFF or any otehr format you desire.



            • 3. Re: problem importing GIF sequence

              There are artistic reasons to  use gif. I am working on a piece that intentionally  pre processes with the gif encoder to get the signature gif patterned dithering and color reduction. It's not a huge deal to convert them back to another format, but I wrote a script to run all of my frames from maya through a gif encoder with certain settings, and it would be cool to just import them as a sequence as gif.  I'm sure that's not a common use case, but I mean why not allow it.

              • 4. Re: problem importing GIF sequence
                Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                If you batch convert your gifts to JPEG's or PNG's they will still look like gifts. Then everything should work just fine.