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How To Animate A Series Of Images Using ImageMagick [How To]

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ImageMagick is a command line application to manipulate or convert bitmap images. It supports a wide range of formats including PNG, JPEG, GIF, SVG and TIFF.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an animated GIF from a series of images:

Firstly, install ImageMagick from the Official Ubuntu Repositories:

sudo apt-get install imagemagick

ImageMagick is easy to use. For example, to animate a directory of JPEG images, use the following commands:

cd PATH_TO_IMAGES
convert *.jpg Animation.gif

A More Elaborate Example:

In this example, we will animate the Tootips logo that I created with SynFig (I exported the animation as a series of PNG images for the purpose of demonstration) :

cd PATH_TO_IMAGES
convert -delay 100 -size 100x100 xc:SkyBlue +antialias *.png -loop 0  animation.gif

The code above will give the following result:


How Does It Work?


  • The -delay option sets the delay between two successive frames.
  • xc:SkyBlue adds a constant background to the animation.
  • To make the animation repeat continuously, we used the -loop 0 option. For example, if you want to repeat the animation 4 times, replace 0 with 4.


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