Thursday, 24 December 2015

Making it Move

For a New Year video I wanted to add an animated bell but all those I found ready made on the net were too small so I downloaded a large static bell which had a transparent background.


This I loaded in Serif Affinity Designer and after much experimentation I worked out how to enlarge the background space so the bell had room to move.

 Screenshot 2015-12-24 at 09.32.44 am

I finally sussed out how to rotate the graphic within the background and saved it in 15 different positions as the bell swung upwards:

Screenshot 2015-12-24 at 09.39.41 am

These were then duplicated in the opposite order to give 30 stills of the bell swinging up and back to the start position:

Next was to make the animation. For this I used batchGif which is just pointed at the folder holding the stills and produces an animated GIF.

 Screenshot 2015-12-24 at 09.38.37 am

Unfortunately iMovie wouldn't load the animation so I had to use the free version of VideoPad to make the video:

 Screenshot 2015-12-24 at 09.58.48 am

To see the effect you will have to wait until New Year's Eve when the finished video will be uploaded. Not perfect as it really needs the bell clapper to animate as well but that sort of thing will have to wait for another experiment session.


  1. It's all good fun now you will have to animate the clapper :).

    1. I don't believe it. Ink Scape will separate the clapper from the bell. Then it is easy.

  2. Will you add sound?
    How is Penny doing?

    1. Wilma: a) Yes but it may not be what you are expecting.
      b) She's just finished here antibiotics. Still a little discomfort but getting better each day. No real problems eating though!


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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