Yohannon (yohannon) wrote,

Because I Felt Like It, That's Why

So I've only been threatening to start posting more icons for ages. Then today Kim (just before we began packing more stuff up in prep for the move) told me about the new shrek trailer. When it got to the scene depicted in the icon, it just SCREAMED that I needed to do this. I fully expect it to be ganked and spread throughout the blogosphere and whatever other places people think those things are funny.

(Note: You'll need to click on the picture to get the full animated goodness. I don't know why.)

Now I plan to go collapse. I'll chat more, including about how nice it was to see Esther and Jon today, later.

Edited to Add: Oh, how did I do it? Well, I took screen caps using the built in OS X shortcut (command-shift-4) that allowed me to take selections straight off of a set of 4 frames from the 720P quicktime trailer in the quicktime player. I took those and FTP'd them to my Ubuntu virtual machine I had running under Parallels 2.5 Beta 3 (why? Because I already had a perfectly good copy of GIMP there, of course!) -- I had to go with FTP to get the captures because they haven't gotten folder sharing under Linux working in Parallels yet.

Once they were in Ubuntu, I opened the images as layers in GIMP. I hadn't used GIMP to do animations before, but it turned out to be incredibly easy: It has a built in animated gif playback, it did most of the optimization stuff as a built in filter, and it even let's you set the timing on a frame by frame basis.

Since the capture method was less than exact, I would set one layer to 50% and then nudge the layer underneath by selecting the frame and nudging a pixel at a time with the arrow keys. I would reset the upper layer, hide it, and repeat through each from. Once the were lined up, I cropped the image as tightly as possible, tweaked the brightness and contrast and then applied a sharpness filter on each frame -- this almost always makes it easier to see once I've scaled it down to under 100x100.

Once scaled down, I re-apply sharpness to each frame to make the animation and image even clearer at it diminutive size. The frame timing is at the default 100 msec, set to loop endlessly. File size is a mere 36Kb -- or 4Kb to spare (when the hell are they going to at least lift the user pic file size limit?)

Anywho, if you think the only reason I added this is to make the geek groupies hot... you're right.

I was shocked that I was able to get the full
Tags: geeky
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