♫ ♫ ♪ Let’s start at the very beginning ♫ ♫ ♪
♪ ♪ ♪ A very good place to start …. ♫ ♪ ♫
There’s nothing like a good ol’ sing-along to kick off our animated gif tutorial!
First off, here’s the final product that I’ll be using to demonstrate.
Raise your hand if you’re not surprised I chose John Porter, LOL!
As you can see, the gif consists of video and text and the animation loops indefinitely.
There are many ways to create animated gifs but I’m only going to show you my way using video instead of a series of still images. Feel free to share your methods or links to other tutorials. I’m more cooperative than competitive. 🙂
Here are the “broad strokes.” I will break it down step-by-step, but I want you to see the big picture.
- First you need to rip a DVD. I use a free software program called DVD Decrypter for the PC. If you already have a video source, you can skip this part.
- Then clip a 2-5 second sequence in a video editing program, such as Adobe Premiere Pro.
- Import that clip into Adobe Photoshop to set the timings.
- Finally, add the text, resize the image and save for the web.
NOTE: Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Photoshop are not free, but you can download fully-functional trial versions for a 30-day period. I will provide the links as needed.
Tutorial Part 1 Starts Here – Ripping the DVD
Today we’ll learn part 1: ripping the DVD. In order to make animated gifs (or fanvideos), we must “rip” the DVD which means we are going to copy the file(s) to our hard drive.
- Run off and get your DVD but don’t insert it into your computer DVD drive yet. I’m using Chris Ryan’s Strike Back starring Richard Armitage as John Porter. ♥
- Download and install the free program DVD Decrypter. Here’s the link: http://www.dvddecrypter.org.uk/
If you’re not sure how to download and install the software, here are the steps:
- On the download page, click the Download DVD Decrypter link and click the “Save” button
- After it’s downloaded, locate the installation file “SetupDVDDecrypter_126.96.36.199.exe” on your computer
- Double-click on the installation file to start the process
- Click “Yes” if asked if you want the program to make changes to your computer
- Click “Next” to continue
- Use the default installation by clicking “Next” again
- Leave the default destination folder and click “Install”
- When prompted to check for new versions, click “No”
- Make sure there is a checkmark in the box “Run DVD Decrypter”
- Start DVD Decrypter and you should see something like this:
- Insert your DVD into your computer’s DVD drive. I’m using Disc 2 from my Chris Ryan’s Strike Back set. You should see something like this:
Note: If AutoPlay pops up, simply close it.
- Before we begin ripping the DVD, we want to create a destination folder. Click the little folder icon as shown in the image below.
- We’re going to create a new folder on our C: drive to store our DVD file(s). A new window like the one below should pop up. If necessary, click the little down arrow next to the “Computer” icon. Click the “C” drive and then click the “Make new folder” button.
- Now name your new folder by highlighting (selecting) the words “New Folder” near the bottom of the window and typing a new name. I’m going to call my folder Animation. Then click the “OK” button.
- Confirm that the destination folder is “C:\Animation.” Then we’re going to choose one of the VOB files to copy to our computer. (VOB stands for “Video Object.”) Click to choose the first large VOB file. In my example, it is the file “VTS_02_1.VOB” and the file size is 1,048,492 KB. The smaller files are DVD menus and subtitles so we’re not interested in those.
- Now we’re ready to rip! Click the large button in DVD Decrypter as indicated below. Can you sense my enthusiasm? 😉
- Wait a short while. You can watch the progress bars as the program decrypts your DVD file and copies it to your hard drive. You will then see a message indicating success as shown below. Click the “OK” button to return to DVD Decrypter.
That’s the end of the ripping process! If you want, you can repeat steps 8 through 10 to rip more of the DVD files. Make sure you only rip the large-sized VOB files. In my experience, anything larger than 500,000 KB in file size is usable video.
Congratulations on completing the first big step in the animated gif creation process. Remember, you can also use your video footage to make fanvideos, but I will only be covering animated gifs in this tutorial.
Edit: Tomorrow or the next day On Monday, we’ll edit our video down to a 2-5 second clip. There is no need to convert the VOB file(s) to another format because Adobe Premiere Pro supports VOB files.
1. If you are running the 64-bit Windows 7 operating system you may get the error below when attempting to close DVD Decrypter.
If you get this error message, the only way to close the DVD Decrypter program is to use the Windows Task Manager, which is launched by using the keyboard keys CTRL ALT DELETE. Hold down all three keys (CTRL ALT DELETE) at the same time.
Then click on “Start Task Manager”
Once Windows Task Manager is open, make sure the “Applications” tab is selected. Then Click on DVD Decrypter in the list of tasks. Finally click the “End Task” button.
While this is an inconvenience, the program works quickly and well for me so I’m willing to put up with it! 🙂 There is a workaround for this so if you find it annoying to use CTRL ALT DELETE to close DVD Decrypter, please send me a message through the Contact bccmee form and I’ll send you instructions on how to permanently prevent that error message when closing the program.
2. Mac users will need to use another DVD ripping program. While I don’t have experience with it, I have heard that Mac the Ripper comes highly recommended. And it’s free!
3. If you would like to watch your VOB file(s) before editing, you can do so using VLC Player. It’s free and available for Mac, PC and Linux. This software will play virtually any video or audio file without problem. You can download it here: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
4. If you have error messages when trying to rip your DVD, there is another software program called AnyDVD which you can run in the background that will solve many of these problems, especially region setting problems. AnyDVD software is not free, but it is available for a fully functional 21-day trial: http://www.slysoft.com/en/anydvd.html. You download and run the AnyDVD program, restart DVD Decrypter, and your error messages should be resolved. 🙂