Taking a Horse_ebooks approach to gifmaking
February 15, 2013 8:03 PM   Subscribe

Taking a Horse_ebooks approach to gifmaking
I love Horse_ebooks and I love gifs, so I decided it would be interesting to try for a visual equivalent of the Horse_ebooks twitter account. Mostly this involves a lot of attempts at randomization and restriction of video frames.

I try to randomize the video by searching youtube with a keyword (often taken from a recent Horse_ebooks tweet) and choosing one of the first video results to come up. Then I randomize the beginning point of the gif in the video by using a random number generator and make a 20-30 frame gif of it. I don't edit when the gifs begin or end, except occasionally I have to remove a couple of frames at the end to reduce the file size. And then they go on this tumblr.

I plan to occasionally do gifs from whatever I have on my hard drive as well, but I like the youtube approach as it ends up giving a wider variety of visuals and keeping things sporadic. I don't intend to cut out anything that doesn't 'grip' me; Horse_ebooks doesn't censor himself, neither should I. And generally, I like the idea that many of the gifs seem to be a half-finished thought or don't really go anywhere, much like the tweets.

The gifs (sadly) don't have anything specific to do with Horse_ebooks, but do involve horses from time to time. As a result the tumblr title is a little misleading, but it seemed right to give credit for the idea where it's due.
Role: creator
posted by six-or-six-thirty (7 comments total)
This project was posted to MetaFilter by The Whelk on February 17, 2013: Hypnotically devoid of context or meaning

posted by cortex at 7:53 AM on February 16, 2013

This is beautiful.
posted by aparrish at 10:02 AM on February 16, 2013

Strangely hypnotic
posted by The Whelk at 10:15 AM on February 16, 2013

Remarkably effective.
posted by flippant at 3:30 AM on February 24, 2013

awesome work.
posted by cmyr at 9:47 AM on February 25, 2013

love it.
posted by Theta States at 10:23 AM on February 26, 2013

this stopped working and now I'm really sad. any chance it could be revived?
posted by aparrish at 6:01 AM on April 8, 2013

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