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gif animation files... is there a way to dissect it?

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i mean, a gif animation file is basically consists of frames which are combined using some gif animations creating tools right? well, is there a way to reverse the process? coz am thinking this way... i''d just download some gif anim at the internet, then dissect it, then convert each of them into bitmaps then put it in my game... rather than draw each frame of animation of my game... or can we instead load this gif animation files directly to our games? ps., pls provide link for more information, thanks!

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I used gifs for animated purposes.
It would be nice if you could have a nice gif loader.

I used a simple gif animator program that split the individual frames. Most gif animators do this. I then copy/paste into Paint. Saved the bmp and used that. It was a bit of a pain, but it worked.

Guy



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look for libgif if there is one (should be but I have never looked at it)

If you cant find it, use libmng or libpng (www.libpng.org) and use the example code.

libmng has examples for converting to mng images.

libpng has examples for converting to lots of different png images (this is the best for what you are doing).



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dredge_master, what are those mng/png images are you saying? how do i load that unto my DDraw program? windows knows bmp only right?

arion: plz, can you give a link to a free gif animator that can seperate frames? thanks!

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The Animation Shop 3 tool that comes with PaintShop Pro 7 will do exactly what you are looking for.

You can load in an animated gif and all the frames are presented to you. Just right click on a frame and choose "Save Frame As..." and there you go.

If you haven''t used PaintShop Pro 7 it''s a great graphics tool. I use it all the time and it has one of the better price tags I''ve seen ($150 Canadian -> which is like 2 cents US I think).

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Oh soz, I didn''t realise you were only looking for an app.

For free ones there is Microsoft GIF Animator (I have no idea where to download it, but try www.download.com though as they probably have it there somewhere). I really liked this one for animated GIF files.

Another free program is one which I use all the time.
http://www.irfanview.com/
It is free, fast, supports lots of formats (including the PNG format) and has plugins if you want to use it for mpegs (including mp3), wav, divx and so on. It also has a basic icon thingy.

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Dredge-Master, just tried irfanview, nice frame extraction utility. That saves alot of time.

re. The Microsoft GIF Animator, ran into a few broken links hunting it down. But one that worked was:

Rocket

Don''t think I have tried that one.

One of the best I have tried was GIF Movie Gear. I believe I got that from TUCOWS. A trial thing only. But if I found one in the store, I would gladly pay for it.

Guy

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