Avatar from movie trailer

This tutorial will help u to make an animated avatar from a movie trailer.

Step 1: Find a movie trailer featuring a short animated scene that takes your fancy. In this tutorial I have decided to use Quicktime as my player, and get the Doom movie trailer from the Apple Trailer website. Virtually any movie player will suffice, as long as you can pause clips and advance them again keyframe-by-keyframe.

With your movie player paused at the start of the clip you want to capture, hit the 'Print Screen' key on your keyboard to save a screenshot.

Step 2: Open up Imageready, Select File > New, and press OK - the dimensions should automatically state your current screen resolution. Now Edit > Paste. Your screenshot frame will appear as a layer in your new document.

Go back to your movie player and move the film clip on by one keyframe. In Quicktime you can do this by pressing the right cursor key when the Quicktime window is selected. Whatever you do, do *NOT* move the physical position of the window. Now press Print Screen again, go into Imageready, paste again, and repeat these steps as many times as you need.

Step 3: Once you have screen-captured all the frames that you need, bring out the Crop Tool and crop the area of the video that you want to appear in your final animation. You can hold down SHIFT on your keyboard whilst you make the crop if you need it to be rectangular.

You should now have a list of layers in your layers palette, with a solitary white layer in the background. Delete this white layer. Now all you need to do is open up the animation palette (Window > Animation), click on the little arrow on the far right of the palette, and select 'Make Frames From Layers' from the drop-down menu that opens.

Step 4: Open the Optimize Palette (Window > Optimize) and set your Format to GIF. Now all you have to do is select File > Save Optimized As, and save your file.

Hope this helped!


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