Old 12-23-2010, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default FR: Record / Save As Animated PNG (APNG)

Animated .GIFs are lossy with crap quality, while the .LCF format is too 'proprietary' (can't be played outside of REAPER).

What we need is a high-quality lossless compression capture format that can be played inside a web browser.

The best choice at the moment is Animated PNG (APNG) - an open standard that's supported by the popular web browsers Firefox, Opera and SeaMonkey. What makes this format even better than GIF is that it supports transparency and is not limited to 256 colors
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:53 AM   #2
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I agree!
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:46 AM   #3
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apng's for themes while we're at it too. Animated rec arm buttons and solo lights. Yes please.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:19 PM   #4
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I also think LICEcap would create dramatically smaller files if it somehow used the APNG format. I did some (unsuccessful) work with this and tried to make a go of another great open source tool called GIF2APNG:


The program itself is super simple and works beautifully with most GIF files I've created, but not LICEcap's. This may actually because of the expertise of the LICEcap developers: I ran IrfanView's tool to break LICEcap files into individual slides, but it appears LICEcap uses layers and image positions to avoid recording whole frames at every little change. This will save a lot of space, but might make it incompatible with other animation tools.

There may be a way to use VirtualDub to output to web video formats, but it will invariably use JPEG-type compression and look much more blurry.

Anyway, here's some more about my other research on this:

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