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Making Animations

Step 1: Open your clip/DVD up in Power DVD, and make sure your snapshot settings are the following:



Step 2: Now play you clip and continuously click the capture button so you capture each frame, you can also hold the button down but that create frames very close together, too close together however often making the animation much larger file size due to the extra frames.



Step 3: Place all the frames into one folder, you will find the frames taken in your: My Documents > CyberLink > PowerDVD > Snapshot. Now open up Image Ready and go to File > Import > Folder as Frames and select where you have saved your frames, like so:



Step 4: Now your frames will load up.



Step 5: You can now edit your animation. I've cut down some frames, cropped and added a border to mine. My final result is:



Tips for reducing file size

Animations are usually quite large files, and as great as they are its a good idea to keep them small so its viewer friendly and people don't have to wait ages for it to finish loading. A few tips to keep your animation small or get it below a limit are:

1. Reduce the colours before saving. This is usually the best thing to do first as it often lowers it quite a lot, the less colours the smaller the file. However if your animation has a lot of colours it may not look as good, if its a two toned image it can often be lowered quite a lot while still looking the same.



2. Change the size of the animation, try making the animation smaller, large animations often are huge in file size and by decreasing its size can often help. You can do this by going to Image then Image Size.

3. If the above still don't work try taking frames out, often animations are big because they are so many frames. Try taking every second frame out and then slowing the rate each frame changes so it moves at the same speed before and doesn't look like the animation is on fast forward.
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