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r/FullMovieGifs is a sub-reddit maintained by user matt01ss which is dedicated to compressing feature length movies to .gif format. The Fifth Element, Up, The Rock and many more. Via The AV Club.
posted by codacorolla (79 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
 
In the dystopian future of a hacky sci-fi movie, this is how humans will consume all visual media. And it will have a dorky name, too, like "Sub-Limo-Vids" or "Accelo-Grams".
posted by Atom Eyes at 3:16 PM on November 8, 2013 [11 favorites]


In the grim dark world of the future there is only gif.
posted by The Whelk at 3:17 PM on November 8, 2013


And it ain't pronounced 'Jiff' due to THE WORD 'GRAPHICS' HAVING A HARD 'G'.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 3:25 PM on November 8, 2013 [14 favorites]


The forever war continues anew.
posted by The Whelk at 3:28 PM on November 8, 2013 [17 favorites]


Ok, Jallon. Whatever you say.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 3:28 PM on November 8, 2013 [28 favorites]


You can have my soft G when you pry it from my future cold dead cyborg hands.
posted by Ad hominem at 3:29 PM on November 8, 2013 [6 favorites]


it ain't pronounced 'Jiff'

OK, geef as in jeep or geef as in geek?

You certainly need the long vowel if there's a whole movie in there.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 3:34 PM on November 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yeah, the creators wanted the sound of "GIF" to be "JIF" as in "jiffy" (i.e. quickly) but the damn word has "G" not a "J" as the first letter of the acronym (really an initialism since "GIF" was not a previously established word).

If they wanted it to be pronounced "JIF" then they should have spelled it "JIF" or, as noted on the Graphic File Formats FAQ
[S]ubject: 4. Choosy programmers choose "gif" or "jif"?

The pronunciation of "GIF" is specified in the GIF specification to be
"jif", as in "jiffy", rather then "gif", which most people seem to prefer.
This does seem strange because the "G" is from the word "Graphics" and not
"Jraphics". (via)
Another way of putting it:

Yo dawg, I heard you like arguing about how to pronounce "GIF" so I put GIF in your argument so you can argue while pronouncing "GIF"
posted by mistersquid at 3:36 PM on November 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Like gift without the T.
posted by elizardbits at 3:36 PM on November 8, 2013 [12 favorites]


If you kids don't behave, I'm gonna write a pony request that all instances of the word 'gif' be stricken from every Metafilter post and thread forever more throughout eternity.
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:37 PM on November 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


Quick, someone greasemonkey up a script! Replace 'gif' with a jpg of a jar of peanut butter.
posted by Big_B at 3:43 PM on November 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


This is just as pointless as the MIDI file abuse posted earlier. What's next, using DBF files to store a copy of Wikipedia?
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 3:46 PM on November 8, 2013


I can't believe how wrong you guys are, I must have gotten on the last train to wrongville by accident and I want to get off. Watch this please. From now on in these situations, Imma just quote myself.
posted by Ad hominem at 3:49 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


like "Sub-Limo-Vids" or "Accelo-Grams"

Blipverts, mayhaps?
posted by mediocre at 3:52 PM on November 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


Still waiting for all the "hard g cause, you know, graphics!!!" folks to start saying lasser instead of lazer for Light Amplified by Stimulated Emission of Radiation and nah-to instead of nay-to for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and oh so many other examples.
posted by imbri at 3:52 PM on November 8, 2013 [16 favorites]


I AM GOING TO START SAYING THEM LIKE THAT JUST TO ANNOY YOU PERSONALLY
posted by The Whelk at 3:55 PM on November 8, 2013 [20 favorites]


Have they done this yet to Giraffic Park?
posted by JHarris at 3:55 PM on November 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


If an entire nation of people saying SHED-yule can't make me mispronounce schedule, one dude in a video is certainly not going to change my mind about peanut butter pronouncing.
posted by elizardbits at 3:55 PM on November 8, 2013 [5 favorites]


Ha! I told you! It's pronounced "GIF".
posted by mistersquid at 3:58 PM on November 8, 2013


imbri, nah-to is something else entirely...
posted by drfu at 3:59 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


What is it about the deep desire to re-hash the same old conversations over and over just based on keywords instead of talking about how cool this is. This happens at work all the time too. It's an odd human trait.
posted by bleep at 4:01 PM on November 8, 2013 [20 favorites]


Such an easy metaphor for reddit - all the content, none of the understanding. Sort of like "visiting" a library by looking at a 3D viewer.
posted by four panels at 4:03 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


This link is too neat to sit idly by and watch this conversation get derailed into a GIF pronunciation dispute, which is no longer interesting or even humorous.

At this level of abstraction I find these reminiscent of those movie barcodes that made the rounds a year or so ago.
posted by blue t-shirt at 4:04 PM on November 8, 2013 [8 favorites]


Cept that one dude is Steve Wilhite, inventor of the GIF. I rest my case.
posted by Ad hominem at 4:07 PM on November 8, 2013


HEY GUYS SO DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THOSE MOVIE THINGS IN THE THREAD!?

They're pretty awesome. Actually.

Some of them even help reveal consistency in things like blocking and stuff.

You know, if we wanted to like, talk about the thing that the thread is about.
posted by odinsdream at 4:07 PM on November 8, 2013 [16 favorites]


Still waiting for all the "hard g cause, you know, graphics!!!" folks to start saying...nah-to instead of nay-to for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

So you're telling me my country is defended by fermented soybean paste?
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 4:11 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


My favorite is if you try to pronounce SCUBA with the "u" as in "underwater" and the "a" as in "aparatus." SKUBBeah!
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 4:12 PM on November 8, 2013 [6 favorites]


Aliens and Skyfall were fun to watch. I wish he'd do The Dark Knight but not enough to register on reddit so I could add it to the request list.
posted by fuse theorem at 4:15 PM on November 8, 2013


Is there a way to restart a gif?
posted by roll truck roll at 4:17 PM on November 8, 2013


Patience.
posted by The Whelk at 4:21 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


HEY GUYS SO DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THOSE MOVIE THINGS IN THE THREAD!?

If you prop your eyelids open it's like the Lodovico treatment except that you feel subconsciously compelled to sneak around Alcatraz.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 4:21 PM on November 8, 2013


is there a way to restart a comments thread?
posted by blue t-shirt at 4:23 PM on November 8, 2013 [8 favorites]


Everyone knows the laser was named for its inventor, funnywoman Louise Lasser.
posted by Iridic at 4:28 PM on November 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


Look, it's pronounced gif. And it's pronounced MeFi.
posted by hypersloth at 4:30 PM on November 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


I assume these are automatically generated cause a lot of them are missing iconic shots, or are like just a half second behind them or in front of them, that presumably a human directed process would pick out?
posted by The Whelk at 4:34 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


mistersquid: "This does seem strange because the "G" is from the word "Graphics" and not
"Jraphics".
"

I believe this entire confusion about hard vs soft "G" stems from the fact that GIF was originally conceived as a zoological format: the "Giraffe Interchange Format".
posted by Hairy Lobster at 4:35 PM on November 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


roll truck roll: "Is there a way to restart a gif"

I've actually wondered about this kind of thing myself. There doesn't seem to be any plugins or extensions for Firefox that let you control animated GIFs, although that would be quite useful. At least, say, pause, move frame by frame, restart, etc.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 4:35 PM on November 8, 2013


is there a way to restart a comments thread?
posted by blue t-shirt at 7:23 PM on November 8


It's Friday and everyone is already drunk.
posted by four panels at 4:36 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


SO HOW ABOUT THAT POLITICS AND RELIGION GUYS
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 4:39 PM on November 8, 2013 [10 favorites]


I assume these are automatically generated cause a lot of them are missing iconic shots, or are like just a half second behind them or in front of them, that presumably a human directed process would pick out?

Yeah that does seem to be the case. I wonder if there would be a way to set up some shell script to output a VLC cutlist based on user input while watching the actual video. You could tap space on each clip you wanted included. That would let you do some pretty snazzy supercut things like every time a character looks to the left, or somesuch insanity.
posted by odinsdream at 4:40 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


four panels: "It's Friday and everyone is already drunk."

not me :(

*checks clock*

But it's only about an hour until I'll head down from my desk to open up the bar for tonight's whisky society gathering. Yay!
posted by Hairy Lobster at 4:40 PM on November 8, 2013


mistersquid: "Yeah, the creators wanted the sound of "GIF" to be "JIF" as in "jiffy" (i.e. quickly) but the damn word has "G" not a "J" as the first letter of the acronym (really an initialism since "GIF" was not a previously established word)."

It's NATO with a long A, not "natto" with a short A like "Atlantic." "SCUBA" is "scooba" not "scuh-ba" like "underwater." Acronyms that become words usually end up with the pronunciation that follows how that word would be pronounced in English, not the way that the initial sounds initially sounded. Soft g GIF, sorry, battle's lost.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 4:42 PM on November 8, 2013 [6 favorites]


I assume they are automatically generated based on a set amount of time. I've played with ways for analyzing footage to find cuts, so in theory I could generate versions of movies with one frame per shot, but then The Rock would be five times longer than The Shining.


Like the movie barcode, it is a nice way to get an overview of a movie, especially in terms of if there are certain compositions that appear a lot. Though I'm wondering if I'm over-estimating the number of close-up shots just because I have an easier time visually processing them in the time of a single frame.
posted by RobotHero at 4:42 PM on November 8, 2013


Acronyms that become words usually end up with the pronunciation that follows how that word would be pronounced in English, not the way that the initial sounds initially sounded. Soft g GIF, sorry, battle's lost.

but g followed by i does not always require a soft G in english. sure, there's giraffe and giant and ginger, but there's also give, gift, gibbon, giddy, giggle, gilt, girth, gizzard...
posted by titus n. owl at 4:47 PM on November 8, 2013


[possibly there is a more interesting or relevant conversation to be had that about gif pronunciation?]
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 4:48 PM on November 8, 2013 [9 favorites]


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posted by KokuRyu at 4:53 PM on November 8, 2013


I don't care what you say, it's pronounced "jif" 'cause "gif" sounds dumb.

There, it is settled.
posted by nowhere man at 4:53 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


You can have my soft G when you pry it from my future cold dead cyborg hands.

From now on I am pronouncing 'cyborg' with a soft G. So much sexier.
posted by carsonb at 4:54 PM on November 8, 2013 [7 favorites]


This thread is almost as annoying as Reddit.
posted by KokuRyu at 4:55 PM on November 8, 2013 [7 favorites]


restless_nomad: Maybe! We are hopeless though. Hee hee!

Okay that's not fair and/or is terrible behavior. Let me try. Ahem: I watched the Fifth Element one and was pleased to discover it makes exactly as much sense as the actual movie!
posted by JHarris at 4:55 PM on November 8, 2013


I
Am
Trying
To
Comment
On
Topic.

"Multi-GIF"
"GIF was the prom queen."
"Now you must wear the GIF of shame."
posted by carsonb at 4:57 PM on November 8, 2013


The Fifth Element is the best movie ever made by a 14 year old and I mean that with deep respect.
posted by The Whelk at 4:58 PM on November 8, 2013 [9 favorites]


I believe the Wired article linked in the AV Club link has mirrors of the movie gifs in slide-show format, if the mods would look like to edit that into the FPP.

Great thread everybody!
posted by codacorolla at 5:08 PM on November 8, 2013


It's "Gif" as in "This Gif is my Girlfriend."
posted by four panels at 5:19 PM on November 8, 2013


Great, guys. We bored the subreddit mods with our tedious discussion of the word "gif."

(Or, more likely, mad bandwidth drain.)
posted by muddgirl at 5:21 PM on November 8, 2013


I bet there are people who will "watch" their movies this way, so they can take in more of them, like listening to podcasts at 5X speed.
posted by drezdn at 5:22 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]




carsonb: "From now on I am pronouncing 'cyborg' with a soft G. So much sexier."

cyborscht?

I'd eat that!
posted by Hairy Lobster at 5:29 PM on November 8, 2013


Made with bits instead of beets.
posted by Kabanos at 6:16 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


From now on I am pronouncing 'cyborg' with a soft G. So much sexier.

A cyborge geordi la forge
posted by device55 at 6:36 PM on November 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


(Or, more likely, mad bandwidth drain.)

Unlikely. They were small files hosted on imgur.
posted by odinsdream at 7:02 PM on November 8, 2013


Then fear of copyright takedown letters? General misanthropy?
posted by muddgirl at 7:11 PM on November 8, 2013


(Nevermind, I'm sort of blind and didn't see the "for personal reasons" message.)
posted by muddgirl at 7:18 PM on November 8, 2013


If insist on "gif" with a hard "g", then you should pronounce "NATO" with the "A" like "Atlantic."
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:42 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Shining is the best of these gifs. It really hammers home how consistent Kubrick's style was.
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:43 PM on November 8, 2013


Next up, Keystone Cops and Benny Hill.
posted by islander at 8:25 PM on November 8, 2013


For some reason, I thought these were actual 24fps, full movies made into GIFs. That would have been REALLY weird.

This is just run-of-the-mill weird.
posted by ShutterBun at 10:14 PM on November 8, 2013


Man, English pronunciation is a mess.
posted by lbebber at 11:27 PM on November 8, 2013


Is "gif" an English word?
posted by ShutterBun at 12:02 AM on November 9, 2013


The Shining is the best of these gifs. It really hammers home how consistent Kubrick's style was.


I get the feeling that if he were offered the opportunity to shoot all his films using a fisheye lens bisected by a mirror, he'd jump at the chance.
posted by ShutterBun at 12:09 AM on November 9, 2013


The Shining is the best of these gifs

Do you have a link now that the subreddit's been closed down?
posted by EmGeeJay at 12:14 AM on November 9, 2013


The Shining
posted by ShutterBun at 12:17 AM on November 9, 2013


I like the concept, but I watched two and realized a third would almost certainly mean a migraine.
posted by kagredon at 12:25 AM on November 9, 2013 [1 favorite]




I assume they are automatically generated based on a set amount of time. I've played with ways for analyzing footage to find cuts, so in theory I could generate versions of movies with one frame per shot, but then The Rock would be five times longer than The Shining.

That's how I did it with my Spotmaps project. I used Python and openCV to scoot through a film and build up a tif from frame colour information. Before getting openCV into the stack I had to grab each individual frame using mplayer and save it to my hard-drive so I could then use the script to load and process them - that's 144,000 frames for an average 90 minute film. Using openCV I cut my process time down from around 2.5hrs to 20mins per film.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 7:38 AM on November 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


...
but why tho.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 1:37 PM on November 9, 2013


Not sure who your question is to Uther, but in my case the answer is 'fun'.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 1:40 PM on November 9, 2013


Oh sorry, I was directing that at the FPP.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 1:54 PM on November 9, 2013


Even on fast-forward, Blade Runner is beautiful.
posted by skoosh at 7:58 PM on November 13, 2013


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