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Well, you can make animated gifs with Premiere Elements 8 -- but not the traditional kind you can with Photoshop CS5. In fact, you'll probably be disappointed with this feature.
To make a GIF, go to Share/Personal Computer/Stills and select, from the drop-down, one of the Animated GIF options.
I go into detail in my book why you'll probably be disappointed with the results. The biggest challenge is that traditional GIFs are optimized by reducing the number of colors. Since you'll be coming from video, you likely won't want to reduce the number of colors or it will look pretty awful. Also, as you can see, the GIF presets are for standard size and even high-def video! Are they kidding or what? Have you any idea how big, bulky and awful a hi-def GIF would look?
Traditional GIFs are produced using an animation feature in the professional version of Photoshop. They are usually composed of flat-colored graphics and are usually small (e.g., the animated banner ads on many web sites).
In short, as far as I'm concerned, you've been misinformed. You can not make GIFs of any consequence with Premiere Elements or Photoshop Elements 8. Sorry.
Well that really sucks I really was misinformed. I'm taking the product back as soon as I can and will exchange it for what I need. Thanks so much for your help
Speaking of animated GIFs.... just to turn this post into something more positive. When I add an animated GIF to a timeline, it seems I cannot simply drag its right side to extend it's duration. Is there a way to do this? What I've done in PE 7 was to copy the animated GIF 5 times and add each copy after the last clip and it was pretty smooth.
Thanks in advance!
I don't mean to toot a horn for a competing product here, but Paint Shop Pro 8 had a wonderful gif animation program that was included free with the original program. Maybe you can still find one on Ebay. I still use it for gif animations and it runs on Vista and Win 7 64.
Yes, Paint Shop Pro is a wonderful alternative to Photoshop. And it will do animated GIFs.
But you can't use animated GIFs as a source format in Premiere Elements. You can use stationary GIFs -- but not animated.
On the other hand, since options do vary a bit from system to system, you may be able to. But, if so, you certainly can not extend its duration, since an animation would have a set length, like a video clip.
So, I would be able to edit/resize movie clips on PSP 8?
As I said earlier, movie or video clips make terrible animated GIFs because, in order to be a reasonable file size, you need to reduce the colors, frame rate and frame size.
What are you trying to accomplish? If you're trying to make a video for web, Flash may be a better alternative.
I'm trying to turn a video into an animated gif to use as an icon on forums. It needs to only be a few seconds long so I need to be able to select the part I want, resize it and put it on a constant loop but it must be saved as a gif to work on forums.
Well, it won't be much of a video. But you can create these animations in Photoshop CS5 and Paint Shop Pro.
You can make an animated gif in Photoshop Elements by putting each frame of the animation on a separate layer. You can then save the image using the save layers as frames option, or save for web with the 'animate' checkbox checked.
That said there are many freeware gif animation tools that are far easier to use.
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That's a cool trick, Neale! I didn't know that.
Unfortunately, it doesn't give you much control over the animation, like Photoshop CS5 does (and the old ImageReady did). But it's a great "almost" tool!
Someone else mentioned that but when I went to pull out the frames, they weren't coming out very smoothly and then I couldn't work out how to make each frame a layer. I have no problem working with layers usually but in this instance it vexed me a little *lol*