Moving Avatars!

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  1. iShane macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys,

    I've noticed some of you guys's avatars move. I have a GIF animation that I want to set as my avatar but when I upload it its just still. How do you make them move?

    Thanks! :)
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    If you open your local version of the file in a browser window, is it animated?
     
  3. thomasp macrumors 6502a

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    Your avatar is too big then (either size or dimensions) - vBulletin automatically scales large avatars down and then saves them as an unanimated JPEG for you.

    I forget the exact avatar size and dimensions (since I'm not at the magical 500 yet ;)) - it'll be somewhere in the forum FAQ/Rules page :)
     
  4. iShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah its animated.
    I'll try uploading it on ImageShack as an avatar and see what happens.



    Edit: Imageshack idea didn't work. :(

    Edit 2: Dang! Its 20 KB. Just .5 KB over the limit.
     
  5. 840quadra Moderator

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    Drag your completed avatar onto Safari, or whatever browser you use. Is it animated in that case? Or is it just sitting still.

    I have never had the forum software even accept an animated avatar that was to big. It always rejected it and said it was over the size limit. I don't believe this software will scale down overweight animated GIF images.
     
  6. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Upload it as an attachment to a post in this thread so that we can have a look at it.
     
  7. thomasp macrumors 6502a

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    I think this was a new feature in vB3.5 - I've seen it occur on two other vB3.5 forums that I visit.

    It doesn't scale down the GIFs, it takes the first frame, converts it to JPEG, then scales it down
     
  8. iShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Heres the avatar:
     

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  9. iShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Its still animated when I drag it into Safari.
     
  10. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Okay...it's way too big. Shrink it down to 75 pixels high and you'll be well within the file size limits.
     
  11. iShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay. How should I go about that?

    Thanks! :)
     
  12. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Just center it, reduce the size of the image, and pause it every now and then.
     
  13. iShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks a lot!
     
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  15. iShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Haha. Its this thing my friend made for me. Its an inside joke from summer. :D
     
  16. 840quadra Moderator

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    I was bored.

    Here it is with the same background color as the forums avatar section.

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  17. iShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Aww thanks a lot! :)
     
  18. RidgeRacerType4 macrumors newbie

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    Animated GIFS?

    I know this may be a bit to much to ask on this thread, but how does one go about making an Animated GIF?
     
  19. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    You need to generate each of the individual frames, and then use a tool like GIFfun to combine them all to make the animation.

    Photoshop/ImageReady is a great tool because you've got the image creation/manipulation with layers/animation generation all in one package. It's awfully pricey though if all you want to do is make animated GIFs. I think you can also do it using GIMP (free), but I've never tried that out.
     

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