Sea Life and how to make a GIF in two easy steps

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Beneath Your Feet.”

You know those five-second videos that loop endlessly? They used to make me crazy because they caused my first laptop to overheat.

Well …

Gull goes wild for something underfoot. Whatever it is, it must be good.

Want a looping video of your own? It’s easy. As one expert put it “even a Mom can do it.” It’s true.

The format is called GIF, short for Graphics Interchange Format, pronounced “jiff.” It compresses images and videos so they take almost no time to transfer from one site to another.

How to do it: (1) Download one of the free apps — I used “Gifrocket“–  drag it to the desktop. (2) Drag your short video into the box where indicated.

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Bing! Within seconds a looping gif file appears on the desktop. Not amazing quality, but fine for the average blogger, twitterer, redditer. If you want fancy, you’ll need to learn to use Photoshop.

And now, after all that frenetic bird activity, visual relief. Hello sea anemones.

Amazing how two centimeters of water turns a slime doughnut into a temptress.

So lovely. So benign. A Venus Flytrap has nothing on these babies. Ulp.

Happy GIF-ing. And watch your step.

Apologies to those whose old laptops are overheating.


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