I first off wanted to let you know that I was just experimenting recording some .GIFs in PICO when I noted that the last .GIF I made was 6.49mb in size.
I loaded this up in VirtualDUB to check each frame in it, to make sure it looked alright, and then tried saving it back as an EXPORT .GIF to compare filesizes.
The filesize THEN was only 209k ! A 97% reduction !
I compared both. None miss frames, none have any distortion. They are the same EXCEPT that VirtualDUB has some massive compression going on there !
So ... Zep, someone, anyone ? the .GIF saver in current PICO-8 can definitely be optimized. No doubt about it. VirtualDUB was written 19-years ago - so it's not something new.
I can't upload the 6.49mb GIF in comparison here, says the filesize is too big.
Here is the 209k GIF though so you can see it's not missing anything. There's definitely good compression going on there !
I guess the good news is I've introduced a program (VirtualDUB) that will let users now save .GIFs of their cart directly in the BBS that can exceed well into minutes as they are so small in filesize as they are 3% the size of their original - and have the ability to edit out frames they don't want included in the presentation .GIF.
VirtualDUB is 100% Freeware and you can find it HERE:
HOPE THIS HELPS !
This has already been fixed for 0.1.12d. See zep's changelog from last week:
Fixed: gif output unnecessarily large
Well gosh ain't that something ? Will have to compare the two (VirtualDub and version D) when it's released.
Hope he gets around to all my other suggests. :D
Maybe the version after D.
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