Hello and welcome to another "game development tips" article. This time, I would like to share a couple of nice web tools that can help you with your promotional material.
The first website is ezgif.com. Videogames are a visual medium in motion, and static images are usually not as effective as video when it comes to presenting a videogame. There are exceptions, of course. For example, if you are working on a visual novel, or a point and click adventure game, where most things are static, and you don’t have a lot of action to show. Ezgif is a website that can help you create animated gifs from your videoclips.
Ezgif’s website has two options to create an animated gif. You can either upload a series of images, or a video. After you upload the video, you can set in-and-out times, gif size, frame rate, and other options. Note that each frame rate has different length limitations, which means you can’t make a long animated gif that runs at 30fps, for example.
After you’ve made your animated gif, you can use the other tools on the website to resize, crop or optimize it. Doing this is a good idea, since some platforms don’t support big gif files (for example, Twitter has a very small gif size support).
If you need to, you can also add text or add effects to your animated gif. These last options are nice to have, although I think most people will simply go create their gifs so they can use them as promotional material.
The second website is youcompress.com, a very simple tool that recompresses your videos, producing small-sized videos that retain their quality. All you need to do is browse and upload your video using the dialog found on the frontpage, and then wait for youcompress to finish its work. When it’s done, you are provided a link to download the compressed video. You are also given the option to delete the file from their sever after you download, and you should do that unless you want your video to remain on their server.
As you can see, the resulting video’s size is dramatically lower than the uploaded video. This varies from video to video, but you will usually get these results. The question here is, why would this be useful? In many cases, you will find yourself uploading your video more than once (for example, to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, your website, store pages, etc., not to mention that some of them may set a file size limit), and this will make all that work faster.
And this is it for today. I hope you find these web tools as useful as me.