Animated GIFs with Animated Backgrounds

May 31, 2015 | How To's, News, Photo Booth Software, Software Releases, Sponsored

Animated GIFs have come a long way from dancing babies and keyboard cats.  Offering animated GIFs at your photo booth is now a way to offer your clients something fun and unique while helping you stand out from the competition who are only offering “gasp” static photos.

Animated GIF with Social Booth

Most photo booth softwarecan create animated GIFS these days, but Social Booth has a feature that allows you to create animated GIFs with animated overlays and animated backgrounds like the one above.

So how is it done?  
It’s very easy using green screen, a stock video and of course Social Booth.

The 1st thing you’ll need is a stock video for your animated background.  A great site to find these is VideoHive.  The one used in this example is found here.

animated gif how to

You’ll need to grab frames from the video and save them as individual files.  Most video players will allow you to save individual frames.  Save a frame, and move the playback head forward a bit to save another. You only need 5-10 frames per shot to make the animation look fluid.  In this example there’s only 2 shots so we’re using 20 background animation frames.  Too few frames and the animation will look jumpy.  Too many and it will take too long process.  Be careful to save your files in a sequential format and be sure to use 2 digits like 01.jpg, 02.jpg etc…

Each frame should be resized to 600×400 px as this is the final size of the animated GIF.


The next step is to enable animated GIFs in Social Booth as well as enabling Animated Backgrounds and select the folder where you saved your frames from the video.  Remember Animated Backgrounds require the use of Green screen so be sure to enable that as well.


If you can’t shoot on greenscreen and still would like a similar effect, you can use Animated Overlays instead.  It’s a similar concept, except the animation is being placed on top of the photos as opposed to behind them.


You can also use this effect with single shots.


Other examples:




So there you have it.  Animated GIFs on animated backgrounds, animated foregrounds on still images and everything in between.  Now go have fund playing with Social Booth.

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