Sun Beams Test
Blender got a new “Sun Beams” composite node recently. You can expect that I’ll be abusing that a lot in the near future.
In other news, Imgur decided to try and “make internet better” by automatically converting all of my images hosted there into MP4 files which lose about 90% of the image quality that I work so hard to get into my animations. Worst of all - Most of the looping videos glitch and lose their illusion of being a perfect loop for what feels like 3 frames when they restart. Boooooo!
I tried directly uploading MP4s to imgur, so at least I’m not losing quality by restricting the number of colors in saving it to GIF and THEN imposing horrible MPG artifacts in there for a double lossy image - but that didn’t work. Imgur does not accept MP4 uploads.
So I just tried just putting MP4s of this latest design up on G+, but the encoded quality was terrible, and didn’t loop. So I just put the high quality GIF up there.
Then I remembered that hexeosis sent me an invite to this new “Ello” thing. I still have no idea what it’s about, or what the whole :bread: thing is, but other GIF makers are on there and adding me as a friend, so I’ll have to figure out what is going on over there. I hear there’s like a 25 meg GIF limit over there. So I put the high quality version there too.
Looks like I’m going to be uploading my high quality version images to G+ and Ello for the time being. More experimentation to come.
Sad to see so many people cheering for the death of .gif in every comment thread about this (and gfycat). This is great news for creators and consumers of lengthy tv/film/youtube-based gifs, but there’s more to the format than that. Hopefully these sites will continue to support “real gifs” for a bit longer before video loops inevitably become the default or only option. (take your time, staff)
my ruined examples, original gifs first:
Worth mentioning imgur keeps any original gif below 20mb now, which is gr8.