MP4/M4V to GIF: Convert Video from MP4/M4V(MPEG-4 Video) to GIF(Animated GIF) with River Past Video Cleaner, MP4/M4V2GIF converter, conversion
A video compression standard planned for late 1998. MPEG-4
extends the earlier MPEG-1
and MPEG-2 algorithms with
synthesis of speech and video, fractal compression, computer visualisation and
artificial intelligence-based image processing techniques.
MPEG.ORG is an excellent source for additional
information on MPEG format and usage.
There are several ways to decode MP4 video. Most of the time, having Apple
QuickTime installed is
sufficient. Occasionally, a file is not compatible with QuickTime. You will
need to install CCCP
when that happens.
Animated GIF is not
really a video format. It is a sequence of GIF frames stringed together. Due
to the 256-color limitation of GIF, the color is dithered. The compression is
not that great, so the file size tend to be large given the frame rate and resolution.
However, since GIF is supported by all web browsers without any add-on, it
is a great way to create small video thumbnails. Generally, the resolution should
be kept small (80x60, for example), the frame rate should be kept low (4 fps,
for example), and the duration should be kept under a few seconds.
Animated GIF is not really a video format. It uses 256-color GIF compression,
with low quality and relatively large files. It is not suitable for video playback.
However, since it is supported by all web browsers without any add-on's, it
is a great format for video thumbnails and should be used for this purpose only.
To encode a video to an animated GIF, you need to have River
Past Animated GIF Booster Pack in addition to the video software.
To convert from MP4/M4V(MPEG-4 Video) to GIF(Animated GIF) video with River Past Video Cleaner, you must have River Past Animated GIF Booster Pack installed.
Launch River Past Video Cleaner
Once River Past Video Cleaner is installed properly, launch Video Cleaner.
Click on the "Add File" button on the tool bar. The standard file open dialog appears. Select "MP4 - MPEG-4" in its "Files of type" combo box.
Select the file you want to convert and click "Open". The file will be added to the conversion file list.
Note: To convert from MP4 files, you must have Apple QuickTime installed.
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Select output format
Use the setting panel on the bottom of the window to control the output format. Click on the toggle to the left of the "Output Format" label to expand the panel. Select "Animated GIF" as the "File Type".
Note: To convert to animated GIF files, you must have River Past GIF/FLC Animation Booster Pack installed.
Change Video Settings
Click on the toggle to the left of the "Video Settings" label to expand the panel.
Select "Specify" under "Size" and/or "Frame rate" to enter the video resolution and/or frame rate.
You can change the size, and frame rate of the video.
Animated GIF is NOT a video format and is not designed for video playback. It is limited to 256 colors, so the video will be dithered. GIF compression is designed for solid color graphics, so it is not very efficient for video. The resulted animated GIF files are normally much larger than the original video file, given the same resolution and frame rate.
For the above reasons, it is not a good idea to use animated GIF to share your video on the web. Instead, it is an excellent way to display a small moving thumbnail for the link to your video. For this purpose, you should specify the size to around 80 x 60, and frame rate to 2 frames per second for the best result.
Select output directory
Expand the "Output Directory" panel. Use the "Browse" button to select an output directory.
Click the "Convert" button on the tool bar.
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