My earliest memories of using the public internet were on an old PowerPC Mac in college. The browser was Mosaic and I remember visiting a webpage (back then we shared URL’s; no Yahoo!) and watching graphics and photos slowly appear on the Mac’s screen. Wow. That was oh so cool.
The two popular image formats back in the day were JPEG’s for photos and GIF’s for lower resolution bit mapped images. GIF’s became the format of choice for the first animated advertising, thanks to a built-in multi-image capability with transitions.
Way back then GIF was a patented technology which caused quite a stir in the web graphics community and the portable network graphics format– PNG— took over and became far more popular.
Guess what? GIF is back thanks to the patent issue being resolved and the growing popularity of low resolution animated photos for iPhone and iPad. For Mac users, one of the best tools to create animated GIF videos is called GIF Brewery. If you want to create animated GIF videos, this is the tool to use.
Since you’re dealing with what amounts to an animation video there’s plenty going on in GIF Brewery.
For example, you can grab and convert video clips and turn them into lower resolution– but still pretty good– animated GIF clips. Built-in to GIF Brewery are tools to capture your Mac’s screen, capture the video from your Mac’s iSight camera, or open videos created on other devices, including iPhone, of course, and convert them to a GIF movie clip.
Video clips can be resized and cropped. You can easily add images to the GIF and drop in multiple text captions. Even the frame rate can be changed. There are built-in color correction tools and filters.
Whatever video clips can be opened by the standard OS X QuickTime Player can be opened in GIF Brewery.
Settings you apply to a GIF video clip can be saved and used again later. I think of GIF Brewery as iMove mini without the video and audio timeline. Plus, the app is faster than previous versions; almost professional level in what it does and how quickly it converts.
For now, you can try it for free, but the price tag goes up on March 13, then up again on March 20th so get it while it’s hot. And free.