A Cool Little Thing to Try-- Animate Your Portrait

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Good morning! It is a beautiful in Arizona right now-- 67 degrees with a light breeze. I should be outside. But I made something last night and I thought I would share.

My husband and I have a digital camera that also records little movies. We do have a video camera, but we find the camera to be easier.

This is because when you plug the camera (via USB cord) into your computer, the movies are already divided into their own convenient .avi files. This takes away the editing step that one has to do with a video tape.

But by all means, you can do this with a video camera as well.

I'm rambling. Time to write about what I made! You've probably noticed it by now, in the top left corner of the page.

My husband and I were taking pictures and we thought, "why not try to animate our portraits?" (If somebody else is already doing this; we're sorry; we really thought of it on our own!)

This is our first time, and it looks a little rough, but I am hoping to make one that is much better.

So do you want to know how to do it? Unfortunately, you need to buy an inexpensive software program called GIF Construction Kit Professional. The program is only $25 and it actually has a drop down menu in which you can choose "AVI to GIF".

The software is intuitive and easy to use. (And no, I'm not getting paid for this in any way.)

If you don't want to buy the software, but you have a camera that takes short movies, email me your movie and I will convert it to a .gif for a $5 donation to SOMAD.org, a breast cancer charity.  Email me for information regarding this.  All donations are tax-deductible.

Have fun! And if you try it, please email me a copy so I can see how others do! And just refresh your browser to see the animation again. My next one will be much better!

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Michael and Cheron Lange
Solutions Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Associate Broker, GRI

Really cool tip!  As for amateur, I don't think so, it looked professional.

C. Lange

May 14, 2008 08:09 AM #60
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

That is so Cool!!  Really neat stuff, thanks for telling us about it.  Wow!

May 14, 2008 08:37 AM #61
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

I have to come around here more often.  First of all, that is really cool.  Second, you look marvelous! 

May 18, 2008 01:25 AM #62
John Karadsheh
KOR Properties - Mesa, AZ
ABR, CRS - REALTOR - Mesa, Arizona - Las Sendas

Hi Karen,

Great idea.  I came across an animated gif program a while ago and only played around with it a little bit, but it is FREE!! 

Here is the link.....


The program that you have is probably better, but this is a good one if someone wants to try it out without any investment first.


May 18, 2008 07:48 AM #63
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Karen..What a Great Smile, Thanks for the Tip, Great Idea..I suppose you have us all talking with our Photos of ourselves soon.


May 30, 2008 04:56 PM #64
Es r
CSR - Huntington, TX

Very cool and what a beautiful woman you are.

May 30, 2008 05:08 PM #65
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Hi Karen. Thanks for sharing the great tip! Keep them coming.

May 30, 2008 05:09 PM #66
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Karen...Every time you smiled it made me smile.  Thank you.

Take care,


Jun 02, 2008 03:22 PM #67
Mary Anne Daly

Hi Karen,


What a neat post.  I loved how you animated yourself!


Computers are amazing.

Jun 05, 2008 04:20 PM #68
Marcia Kramarz
Re/Max Executive Realty - Medway, MA

Wow - Good info - I will save this for a weekend activity - May take me the entire weekend!  Thanks for sharing!

Jun 05, 2008 11:30 PM #69
Dawn Pratt
Orlando, FL
East Orlando Real Estate

Thanks for the fun post and idea, Karen. And John, thanks for the link to the FREE software- I'm going to go check it out now!

Jun 10, 2008 03:13 PM #70
Sarah Eubanks
Hill Valley Financial Services - Oregon City, OR
Preferred Oregon Loan Consultant & Notary Public

Miss Karen ~

What an awesome idea and I love love love the $5.00 donation idea.  That is fantabulous!  Good to see that you are doing well.  Hugs to you!  xoxo


Jun 12, 2008 02:54 AM #71
Patti A. Puckett
Broker Associate/Realtor/ISA with Nouveau Riche - Belvidere, IL

wow Karen; this is so awesome; oh my gosh; the tornado siren just went off in our town; gotta go; AGAIN

Jun 12, 2008 05:32 PM #72
Sonja Priebe
City Realty Inc. - Olympia, WA

That was very cool! (It freaked me out at first, I didn't expect to see your picture 'move' lol)


Jun 13, 2008 01:52 AM #73
Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor

seems nice, but why it does not work the loop? keep the good work and nice to see you again , long time eh ?
Ray Saenz


Jun 23, 2008 05:48 PM #74
Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge


You come up with some of  the coolest stuff..but that is kind of spooky...who knows I always try everything at least once.

Jun 25, 2008 12:35 PM #75
Greg Fox
Realty World Wichita - Wichita, KS
Techy Broker in Wichita Kansas

So, I probably won't do this.  I think it's neat and all, and I like tech, but not for me.

What I find extraordinary is that I'm guessing you are in chemo, and that you're doing this for donations.  Blessings to you, and thank you for your gifts to others.  I'd like to donate because I think you are a gift (not to mention your gif... HA).

thanks for all you are doing!!

Jun 25, 2008 12:54 PM #76
Jack Climer
Jack Climer Realty, LLC - Springfield, MO

Very cool I will have to try it out soon...........

Jun 25, 2008 04:25 PM #77
Cindy Eanes
1st Choice Realty Group - Chesterfield, VA
Realtor - e-PRO, SFR, ASP

Karen, This is really fun! What a neat idea!  Even neater is your suggestion of making a donation.  Thanks for the both ideas. Take care.

Jun 26, 2008 07:33 AM #78
Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT

Love it!  When you look back and smile, it made me smile:)  Thank you for sharing!

Jul 12, 2008 11:19 AM #79
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