VDMX will play animated GIFs, but wonâ€™t render transparency in a GIF. If you want to use transparent GIFs in your setup, you need to convert them into a video file with an alpha channel.
For this tutorial you will need:
- Apple Motion
Find a GIF with transparency
Maybe a dog from giphy.com
Split the GIF into its frames
You can do that exporting each frame manually in Photoshop, or labeling each layer with a file extension and exporting it using a tool like Slicy. Or you can go all Internet and use EZGIFâ€™s Online Splitter Tool.
Once uploaded, hit â€œSplit It”
Then â€œDownload frames as ZIP”
Import the frames into Apple Motion
Extract the files from the ZIP archive, select them all and drag them onto the canvas in Motion.
Motion has imported them as a grouped object that can be moved and resized easily.
Resize it to your needs
Adjust the Play Range
Make sure to adjust the play range to the length of the GIF.
Export to ProRes 4444
Export as a movie (CMD+E) and select â€œApple ProRes 4444â€ as the output format.
Selet â€œUse play rangeâ€ under â€œDuration”
Make sure that â€œColor: Color + Alphaâ€ is selected under the â€œRenderâ€ tab.
Continue the process and export the video.
Convert to Hap Alpha
- Import the video.
- If you donâ€™t have a Hap Alpha preset, yet, select â€œQuickTIme Movieâ€ as the output format and click “Settingsâ€.Â
- Click â€œSettingsâ€ again
- Choose â€œHap Alphaâ€ as the Compression Type and click ok on all dialogs.
To create the preset click â€œNew from settingsâ€ and name it â€œHap Alpha”
Select the â€œHap Alphaâ€ setting under output format.
Configure any other aspects to your needs and click â€œExport!”
Use Converted Video in VDMX
transparent animated gif in vdmx from Tobias Treppmann on Vimeo.