MASON actually originally had animated GIF output before we went with
Quicktime, but the code is long gone. However here are some hints:
- The Quicktime files generated by MASON are huge because they're just
streams of uncompressed images. You can dramatically improve the size
of the files by converting them with Quicktime Pro ($25). I suggest
writing out with the "Animation" codec.
- Consider strongly if you really want to do animated gifs: GIF images
are restricted to 256 colors. Heatbugs, for example, looks terrible.
- The movie encoding hooks in MASON aren't hard at all. Basically
MASON generates BufferedImages and then hands them to the encoder to
stick in a file. Likewise the following software:
... takes Images and stuffs them to a GIF file. That'd be pretty
simple to rig up.
On Apr 1, 2005, at 1:33 PM, Florin A. wrote:
> Does any current version of Mason provide a way to make animated GIFs?
> I would think that for outputs with few frames an animated GIF is a
> better alternative than a Quick-Time movie in terms of size and ease
> of distribution.