GIF a Trip

Last night, I posted a photo set of images taken every mile for 20 miles.

Today, they're alive and in color.

Central IL is pretty flat, so you can drive fast.

Central IL is pretty flat, so you can drive fast.

This was the hardest GIF I've done to date. First, I imported everything into GIMP as layers. Then, I had to figure out how to create a GIF where only a pice of it was animated. After searching, going to Twitter, and searching some more, I came across this tutorial from our very own Jim Groom did on how to animate just a portion of the frame. I had the right idea when I was working on it, but I didn't know you had to apply the layer mask.

Then, I went through each frame and lined it up with the rear-view mirror on the base image. There is still some wiggle in the top right corner and around the mirror, but I'm happy with how it came out, considering I may or may not have been driving while trying to snap the picture.

If you want to spruce it up or riff on it, <a href=http://www.brianbennett.org/gimp-files/timelapse.xcf">here's the .xcf

4 thoughts on “GIF a Trip

  1. Ben says:

    Holy crap, that’s awesome! How much time did it take in GIMP to line up all the images so the window was perfect? That’s some crazy insane precision there, and something I’m not sure I’d be willing to do for just a GIF, but it totally sells this piece!

  2. jimgroom says:

    This came out really cleanly! Fine work, I love the idea of framing the GIF like this!

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  4. Rockylou22 says:

    Awesome! I love how you were able to create the sensation of driving with still images. It must be the car window context that pulls it together. And I sympathize with you on the difficulty of lining up the images. But here I think the effect works for you as it looks like the car is actually bouncing up and down on the road.

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