5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 13, 2007 6:55 AM by QuickTimeKirk
jessicapeanut Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
How do I pull a gif file off the internet and put into imoviehd? When I do put it on my desktop it turns into a flat file.

IMAC, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (87,340 points)
    What do you mean by a flat file, I suspect you are taking a reference and not the file itself, but I can't be sure.
  • jessicapeanut Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It comes over as a picture and not moving like it does on the web. using wrong terms because I am a novice
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (87,340 points)
    I see, animated gifs wont work that way, try dropping the download on your web browser.

    Unfortunately you cannot use animated gifs in imovie, you may be able to separate the frames of the animated gif in preview or some other program, but you are going to find it very difficult to import them into imovie. Not saying it can't be done, just a lot of work, let us know if you are serious about doing this and I'm sure the regulars here will show you how.
  • Gary Little Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    To add a gif to imovie, first control click on the gif file in your web browser and save the file. You will then have to open it a program that can save it as a quicktime movie. I use Adobe ImageReady. After opening it in ImageReady you choose File>Export Original and select the Quicktime format. You can now import that file into your imovie as a video clip. You can probably do this with Quicktime Pro or Graphic Converter also. These would be less expensive optoins
  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 Level 9 (50,895 points)
    You're going to have other issues once you've converted the animated GIf file. Dimensions.
    iMovie wants to make 640X480 (720X480 as DV Stream) and a direct import of a tiny 100X100 GIF will be stretched to match the aspect ratio and dimensions of your iMovie Project. Ugly.
    QuickTime Pro is the tool to use. It can import your GIF file and convert it to DV Stream. You can also add a background image so you can position your GIF track over it to allow the transparency color be used.