How do you post a gif?

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Monday 15th February 2021, 4:29pm
  • England
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I'm sure I've seen people's posts with moving images, but I'll be damned if I can do it. I find a moving gif and copy the Share URL or Embed codes, but nothing appears on the forum.

HELP :(

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Definitely Tarby

  • Monday 15th February 2021, 5:40pm [Edited]
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Image

Put the full URL in between image tags

Make sure the URL ends in .GIF or it doesn't always work.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Tuesday 16th February 2021, 12:31am
  • England
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Quote: Definitely Tarby @ 15th February 2021, 5:40 PM Image

Put the full URL in between image tags

Make sure the URL ends in .GIF or it doesn't always work.

Well I'm sure I tried that, (maybe not the 'gif') but will have another go, so thank you very much!! :D

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Chappers

  • Tuesday 16th February 2021, 9:51pm
  • Surreyish., England
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I can't even post a still picture.

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billwill

  • Wednesday 17th February 2021, 12:21am
  • North London, England
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Do a QUOTE of a message with a GIF on it and you will see in the raw text of the composing box, the format that you need to put around the address on the internet of the picture that you want to display. No spaces allowed.

basically
{image}address{/image}
but with square brackets not curly ones.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Wednesday 17th February 2021, 12:46am
  • England
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Quote: Chappers @ 16th February 2021, 9:51 PM

I can't even post a still picture.

I can think of at least two occasions when I've led you by the hand through that process, which is so simple. Unimpressed

Quote: billwill @ 17th February 2021, 12:21 AM

Do a QUOTE of a message with a GIF on it and you will see in the raw text of the composing box, the format that you need to put around the address on the internet of the picture that you want to display. No spaces allowed.

basically
{image}address{/image}
but with square brackets not curly ones.

The problem I kept coming up with was if the image was an MP4, changing the tag to gif didn't make any difference - it still didn't work. Can you not change an MP4?

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Stephen Goodlad

  • Wednesday 17th February 2021, 7:37am
  • Mirfield, England
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Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 16th February 2021, 3:49 PM

I think I've sorted it now, so............................

Image

Ah, that's nice - is he saying love you?

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Wednesday 17th February 2021, 8:54am
  • England
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Quote: Stephen Goodlad @ 17th February 2021, 7:37 AM

Ah, that's nice - is he saying love you?

It's a Fuf, not a Leh, but Love and F**k go together don't they. :P

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DaButt

  • Wednesday 17th February 2021, 10:01am
  • The Lone Star State, United States
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Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 17th February 2021, 12:46 AM

The problem I kept coming up with was if the image was an MP4, changing the tag to gif didn't make any difference - it still didn't work. Can you not change an MP4?

No, they are two completely different file types. Changing the file extension will not change the file type. An MP4 is a video file. A GIF is an image file. Two entirely different animals, although they have some similarities.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Wednesday 17th February 2021, 10:07am
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Quote: DaButt @ 17th February 2021, 10:01 AM

No, they are two completely different file types. Changing the file extension will not change the file type. An MP4 is a video file. A GIF is an image file. Two entirely different animals, although they have some similarities.

Thanks Da Butt, that's what I thought, and what I found out! It was a bit confusing when they are offering all these short moving images, which seem to be a jumble of gif and MP4 :S

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 17th February 2021, 3:03pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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The problem has arisen because GIF inherently has no controls. The author (or editor) of the file can specify certain settings like if it loops (replays automatically), but you can't stop, play or pause the animation. Some platforms - like Twitter and Facebook - have decided they don't want animations to auto-play, and indeed want to offer such controls as play/pause. Thus, when a GIF is uploaded onto those platforms, it is converted into MP4, which is a video file and - you guessed it - thus does support pausing etc, but this ends up in multiple animations of the same thing existing in different formats.