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Opening Videos in PS for Gifs?

This is most likely a very foolish question, but I cannot seem to even open a video file in Photoshop to make a gif image out of it. I am using PS CS4 and this tutorial.

Basically, what are the requirements for you to even open a file? I converted a video to mp4 and I installed Quicktime, thinking that was the issue, but it wouldn't even recognize the mp4. When I could open an .avi file, no image would show at all. The entire animation frame was blank. So I uninstalled Quicktime, and now CS4 can't open a file because Quicktime 7 or later is required.

I'd appreciate any help for such a basic question. Thank you!


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Feb. 12th, 2011 04:02 am (UTC)
Hopefully I'm not misreading your question (because I'll feel really bad XD), but are you trying to open it in Photoshop instead of Imageready? Imageready is the program used to animate the image into a .gif, not just Photoshop.

If you knew that, I apologize profusely. :(
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
No, I think you read it right. :) I am trying to open it in PS. The tutorial I'm checking out doesn't even mention ImageReady. I don't even have Imageready on my computer.
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
Oh, okay :D

Yeah, Imageready is what animates the image :) Hopefully you can get it.
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
FYI, Adobe discontinued ImageReady after PS CS2. PS CS3+ all have the ability to make animations within the program.
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
Oh *shrug* I didn't know that.

My bad, original poster~.
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
:) It's okay! I had no idea either. I had ImageReady when I had PS 7, and I had no idea what it was.
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:17 am (UTC)
Haha, guess we both learned something lol :)
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
First, reinstall Quicktime.

To get the .mp4 files to work with PS, I would recommend changing the file extension to .mov

As for the .avi files not working, it's probably coded differently. I would suggest converting the files to .mp4 and then changing the file extension to .mov
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
That's odd, my computer won't even register the file change. It acts as if I were just changing the renaming the file.

To change the file name, I would just do something like Misfits.mov, wouldn't I? Or would I need to do something different?
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
If you're on a Mac, just editing the extension should work and you should get a window prompt asking if you want to make the change. If you're using Windows, I think you need to right-click on the file and choose rename. Delete the file extension, type in the new extension, and then press ENTER.
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
Arrgh, that's so frustrating. It usually registers the change, but nothing's helping. I even tried changing the .mov to uppercase letters and that didn't do anything.

Feb. 12th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
Do you know if you have your file extensions set to hide? You can check by following this tutorial.
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness! You are brilliant, thank you so much!!!! :)
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Feb. 12th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
haha Me too! I just got into them.
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