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gif-to-ogv.sh: All GIFs must die

I’ve taken the giant leap forward in recent months, to the realization that All GIFs Are Evil, and it’s time to abandon that format. They’re heavy, slow, poor quality and just a drudge from a world of 20 years ago. And they tie up my meager Internet connection.

Of course, I say that knowing full well that a tenth of the images I’ve hosted here are cobbled together PNG files made into rudimentary GIFs. I’m working on changing that to something that will embed in WordPress.com’s atrocious post markup, but not require me to link to YouTube or beyond.

All of that aside, here’s one way to exterminate those cretinous GIFs: gif-to-ogv.sh. And of course, I have nothing to show for it, unless I post a before-GIF and an after-OGV. And chances are, they’d look remarkably the same to you. Which they should, if gif-to-ogv.sh was actually doing its job.

And my preliminary attempts seem to confirm it. You can adjust the quality or speed settings in the script, but for what I’ve seen it doesn’t accept any flags. Which is probably as well, since mplayer is involved, and mplayer has more choices than some ice cream shops.

avconv is also involved, and I mention that because avconv is something that appears in Debian-based distros, probably under libav-tools. If there is an Arch package that contains something called “avconv,” neither me nor yaourt nor pkgfile could find it. I’m sure it’s out there though. 😐

I don’t know what else to tell you about gif-to-ogv.sh. I seem to have a fair number of script-gimmicks in my list though, so perhaps these quick-fix tools will become a regular addition to applications. Then again, what’s the difference? 😉