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Create Animated GIFs Using GiftedMotion On Linux

Create Animated Gif From Images in Linux
Written by Jesse Afolabi

A Graphics Interchange Format otherwise known as GIF is a standardized format that supports both animated and static images. GIFs are popularly used in social media and are resourceful when it comes to describing an event in a short time frame, creating comedy shorts among many others.

There are already a more than a few notable online-based GIF creators like Ezgifgifmaker, and gifcreator with quite a number of them available on desktop platforms too.

GiftedMotion by Onyxbits, however, is the only known functional GUI-enabled GIF maker available on Linux. The application is extremely tiny, cross-platform and only depends on Java to run.

The software creates GIFs by merging multiple images together with no option for using videos – so if that’s the kind of thing you don’t mind using; otherwise, you’ll have to look up the other options available online.

Features as listed on its website

  • Platform independent; runs on every OS.
  • Multi-language support (English Deutsch Italiano Brasil Polnish )
  • GPL software, no licensing costs.
  • KISS approach. No steep learning curve.
  • Supports the following input formats: PNG, JPG / JPEG, BMP, and GIF.
  • Easy to adjust the position of images within frames and size of the resulting image.
  • Preview function.
  • Able to edit existing images
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GiftedMotion requires no installation instruction. All you need to do is download Java as per your operating system and run the executable (download here) after you can execute the file as a program on Linux systems using following command.

$ java -jar giftedmotion-1.23.jar

Using GiftedMotion to Create GIF’s

GiftedMotion - Animated Gif Maker

GiftedMotion – Animated Gif Maker

Create Animated Gif in Linux

Create Animated Gif in Linux

I tried creating a GIF using a combination of cute dog pictures (cause feel cute cats are a little overrated) the result is a little underwhelming and i noticed this was solely due to the fact that the images aren’t of the same pixel dimension and there is no option in the settings to scale to your preferred image dimension.

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So in essence, if you’re going to use the GiftedMotion effectively, you’ll have to use only images of equal heights and widths to avoid a result like the one above.

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Jesse Afolabi

Jesse is that tech enthusiast you never heard of...he's mainly into things relating to Linux and Android and has an unending passion for both platforms which is why he writes about them.

  • Why would you use this over GIMP and imagemagick, which doesn’t require Java? Going a step further, why GIF instead of FLIF and APNG?

    • Jesse Afolabi

      to your first question, this is just another alternative…to your second, GIF is alot more mainstream unlike those you’ve mentioned..

      • GIF came from the late 1980s and only supports a 256 color palette with terrible compression quality. It’s not exactly the ideal image format for animated images on the web.

        • Jesse Afolabi

          Oh really?…will look up you recommendations then…thanks..

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