If you’ve ever said, I wish I could hold that GIF in my hand, there are now several services that will help you do that. Actually, there’s been several similar options dating as far back as the 19th century.

Inventions like the zoetrope, the zoopraxiscope, the flip book, the praxinoscope…

Splitting an animated GIF file up into its composing frames/images (also known as exploding GIFs, decompiling GIFs, or GIF frame extraction) is a fairly common practical need for GIF creators.

Chronophotography, on the other hand — the study of movement using still photography—is a much more esoteric practice popularized by…

When anyone says GIF nowadays they are almost always referring to animated GIFs. This linguistic phenomena is commonly known as synecdoche—a figure of speech where a part represents the whole, or vice versa—and has seemed to happen within the last few years.

The GIF file format, of course, can exist…

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