Hmm, doesn't seem to make sense eliminating something that was built into the earlier iMovie software that is still usable. My Photoshop can still save in Targa, IFF (Amiga), BMP, Pixar, PICT, etc. Whether these formats are still used or not its not "hurting" anything to allow the software to still process them if ever needed.
"Historic" or not, GIF is often a superior format for image files that do not need more than 256 colors in their pallete. That was the purpose of creating that particular format for graphics developers, artists and users. My point using the same raw file saved in each of the following formats while showing no apparent change in visible quality (2250 x 1200 pixel topo map):
GIF = 2.2mb
JPG = 2.6mb
PNG = 5.5mb
TIF = 8.0mb
Perhaps this may be a moot point when working in HD video editing but as a webmaster since 1995 who writes his own code minimizing file sizes of web page components reduces page load times and reduces wasted bandwidth on the 'net for no apparent gain. GIF is very alive and well on the Internet IF you intend to maximize website and server efficiency for those who visit the site.
I guess I'll have to live without it for iMovie. Thanx for the details.
Klondike Kid wrote:
Hmm, doesn't seem to make sense …
I'm not in the position here to 'defend' Apples decision, but an expert as you should keep in mind:
iM vers.≤6 was a completely diff app than iM vers. ≥08
same name, from the ground different programs (not only on the outside)
video isn't based upon limited 256 colors, nor has inserting a file-size-degraded still any effect on the resulting video-file size.
Photoshop is a >1k$ professional tool, meant for stills - so, it should support a bunch of formats, including obsolete ones. iMovie is a 15$ consumer toy tool, by concept reduced in options to offer convenience - for a broad range of people - I dare to say, the majority of iMovie users dont even know the existence of 'gif', iMovies iLife partner for stills, iPhoto, is biased to jpg.-
Klondike Kid wrote:
… I guess I'll have to live without it for iMovie.
on MacOS, there's little options, I haven't tried, but I wouldn't be surprised, if FCPX doesn't support gif either. pretty sure, Premiere as part of the Adobe CS suite, will handle it - somehow.
happy movie making!