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The Gif

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After reading through three different articles about gifs (links to these at the end of the post), I realized that the gif had a lot more depth than I had originally though. First off, I found it interesting that they had different categories for the gifs. I had never thought to categorize them and simply thought of them all as a type of simple, moving, and repeating images. The gifs were divided into classic, frame capture, and art. Classic gifs remind me of something from Kidpix (I loved playing around with this haha! So colorful and random). These are the gifs that are very simple and short animations – usually a group of sparkles, a horse running, a heart spinning or a face smiling.
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Frame capture gifs are like small sections of a film that have been captured and made into an animation. These are usually taken directly from the original footage – I wondered there is another sort of sub-category or something for if frame capture video has had things added to it. Like perhaps, the layering of classic gifs on top of them. I’d think so.
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Does this one count? ^ It’s an animation, but it is a capture of video footage.
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^ A flower in the rain. How deep. Maybe? I have a hard time finding “art” gifs.

And finally, art gifs are generally the ones with higher definition and quality images and they usually have more of a concept behind them. In these, the animation is being used as a medium for the expression of a certain idea. It is about the actual art of the movement. I thought it was interesting that art gifs were so specific, especially since “art” is seen as a pretty broad term to most people.

Apart from finding out some interesting facts about the history of the gif, I also liked the section of what what worthy of being made into a gif. There are some people who make videos hoping to have a section that would be perfect to make a gif out of. To me, things that I would want to make into a gif are sections of video that are very impressive or funny or deep – being able to watch these moments instantaneously and over and over (without watching the entire film) allows the viewer to see their favorites sections quickly. It also allows that section of the video to be taken out of context and used to relate to other events, be they in real life or even other videos or artworks.

Articles:
http://machinemachine.net/text/ideas/the-doctrine-of-the-similar-gif-gif-gif
http://rhizome.org/editorial/2012/nov/20/gifability/
http://blog.triciawang.com/post/36376587397/gifs-are-everywhere-they-overload-my-tumblr

(P.S. I also like how these articles reference each other)

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