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    Hey everyone:

    I'm currently creating an animated GIF for embedding in a website and need some help with my settings. I created a png sequence and imported into AE. Now I am trying to create a smooth GIF animation for a website, but am having problems as my animation looks staggered and slowed down.

    I created a QuickTime animation and it looks great when I loop it. How do I get that same quality and smoothness in a GIF?

    http://youtu.be/nuqsqobD2Gs

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    You're not likely too. GIF has a restricted color pallet and this will cause banding/artifacts that can likely be avoided in flash or a video.
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    What would your recommendation be for loading this small animation on a homepage? I would like the page to load relatively quickly and have the animation loop continuously.

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    I would go with flash, small file size and decent quality. There are a ton of converters available online that can convert from AVI or mpg to SWF.
    Here is a small one that I did.
    http://www.3devolutions.com/swf.html
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    Hey Aubrey! Thanks for the advice. I love the fact that once the animation has looped, it is stored in memory and runs really smooth. (Nice flyby btw). I will definately look into it. My only concern with flash is: will it work with apple mobile devices?

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    That one I can't answer, my guess is that it would but I can't say for sure.
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    I don't have a lot of experience here, but something to look at might be frame rate. Is it set to "fastest" or "faster than this can load" or some such. Maybe if you set it to, say, 10fps it will run smoother (though at 10fps you'll be on the bad side of fluid). Heck, I don't even remember if GIFs are specified in fps or dwell time per frame...

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