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 Posted: Thu Jan 24th, 2008 09:37 am

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Could somebody tell me, how an avatar - especially a moving avatar - is made?

Or could somebody help me? I'd like to have an avatar with the scene from "Twilight", when Kai is laughing after he threw the second Shadow-Zombie off the rock.



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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2008 06:39 am

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Maya would be more knowledgable about this, but you'd have to get an animated gif program.  Some programs offer free trials.  Once you have the program, then out of your pictures, pick the ones you want and I suggest you put them in a separate folder just for making an avatar.  Then resize them to all the same pixel size.  Most animated gif programs then have you upload them into the gif program, do them in the order you want them to appear in the gif, then you can usually choose the speed of how fast you want the animation to go, then you save it.



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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2008 09:43 am

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Hm - I've got "Twilight" on my computer. It's an .avi so how do I make the pics? Which program is necessary?



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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2008 10:34 am

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You would need to use still pictures.  I've DVD capped the whole series and movies, and you can find the zip files of pictures by episode and movie at http://www.michael-mcmanus.com

 

Once you find the still pictures you want, then you use those to create an animation, I suggest googling gif animation programs, a possible place to find a trial program  to use is possibly at http://www.download.com  you'll have to do some research and read the help on how to use the program you try out.



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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2008 11:53 am

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If the .zip-files are in the gallery-section, then I can't find them. Somehow I am not able to get to the second page of the galery. I'm told "Page not found" when I use firefox and IE just shuts down....



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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2008 02:03 pm

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The page you're referring to is not the page with Lexx pics on them. There is a LEXX page with a link from the Gallery page one, that contains pics from all 4 seasons of Lexx. Here's the link to that page.

http://www.michael-mcmanus.com/Lexx.htm

If you look, you'll find numerous zip files for each episode, so they're small enough to download if you don't have DSL or cable. All you have to do is right click each file, 'save target as' or save file as'..and save to your hard drive. To open them, you need a Winzip program (free) or another unzip program. I recommend Winzip.

Now as to making the animated gif, don't try to use an AVI pic because all of the pics have to be EXACTLY the same size, for it to work and you'd have to crop the 'player' frame out of the picture and they're not as clear anyway.

Find a sequence of pics in the DVD caps that you want to use...then make whatever changes or add text or whatever, (or if not, then just put them in order of movement) . You need an image program to resize the pics to the image size you want, like ACDSee or Irfanview.  Some avatars on certain boards can't be bigger than `100x100 pixels, so you have to resize accordingly. Make sure to resize according to pixel size, not inches.

Then you need a program, like EasyGif or ULead Gif Animator. You can find tons of trial programs on http://www.download.com (just do a search for gif animation) and follow the instructions on how to open up your pic, and add it in sequence the way you want it. You can change the speed of the animation and sometimes add other effects. I recommend EasyGif because it's the simplest to use. I started out using that animator to make all kinds of icons and avatars. It's very simple. Once you've added in your pics and gotten the right speed, then you just save it as a Gif file, and give it a name. And you're done. ;)

Let me know if you need help with the program, it's not hard to figure out, some trial and error, but it's free for a certain amount of uses.



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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2008 02:52 pm

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Got the files, thank you.



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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2008 05:06 pm

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Ah damn - there are just two pictures of Kai laughing. Okay - will find a way to get more


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A-HA! Take a look. My first moving .gif :bounce_pinka::s010a:

Last edited on Fri Jan 25th, 2008 07:06 pm by Talena



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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2008 07:33 pm

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I don't see it. You can upload it to photobucket.com it's a free account and post the IMG link here.



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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2008 07:44 pm

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My avatar - isn't it on the left side below my name?



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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2008 07:45 pm

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Ah, you didn't specify you had it up as your avatar. Good job!



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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2008 07:51 pm

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Thank you. And sorry - my fault.

I was thinking of a text. Something like:

Who said death couldn't be fun

or

The fun really never ends

but nah... doesn't seem appropriate



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 Posted: Fri Jan 25th, 2008 11:02 pm

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That's actually pretty good. I like the laughing bit. I'd like to have seen Kai throw the zombie over the cliff too, hehe.



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 Posted: Sat Jan 26th, 2008 05:22 am

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The "lalalalala...la"-scene or the one where he's sitting and just watching?



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 Posted: Sat Jan 26th, 2008 07:18 am

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I think it's the lalalala scene where he lightly pushes the zombies over the cliff.



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