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animated gif on a prim

Here is an example (with no audio) of putting an animated gif file on a prim. You have seen those sorts of images, perhaps with a little character that jumps up and down or runs, like the Sonic Hedgehog, or one of my favorites, the Hello Kitty writing in a notebook.

Through a service provided by Peregrine Salon, you can upload your animated gif–providing the file is not copyrighted or has a Creative Commons license that permits free use–and the file is created in what looks the series of animations separated into frames. Don’t worry about how it looks. Download the file to your computer; upload to SL for L10 and apply as a texture to any prim. In this video, you will see it on all sides of a cube or one side of a flattened cube.

When Peregrine Salon creates the texture from your gif file, it also gives you the animation script. Create a new script in the Contents tab of the SL editing window and replace the default script with the new one and save it. That’s it. Your image will animate. You can change the frames per second in the script, which is initially set at 8. On the cube, I change it to 3. On the flat prim I make in the video, I change it to 2.

What uses can you think of for your animation? Maybe a nice sign that attracts attention to a display of art or an item you are selling. Let’s not get carried away and make anything that is disorienting or that turns avatars away, but you decide.

The details of how to pick or create an animated gif that will work well are here.

Here is the original animated image.

to begin at the beginning

If you have an hour–lunch, e.g.–watch this thorough presentation on Second Life, including the history of virtual worlds in education and a terrific overview of how SL works.

The presentation technology also allows you to select topics and/or slides in the presentation, so that you can view something that interests you.

The presenter is Ross Perkins / Milosun Czervik, SL of Virginia Tech. I think you’ll like his objective stance that doesn’t try to wash away valid criticisms of SL.

Torley Tutorials

If you’ve never watched any of the Second Life video tutorials from Torley Linden, you are missing out on the joy of creation that infuses each of them. Torley describes himself as a “happy person,” and that obvious happiness is infectious. You just can’t get frustrated with the build features if you go to Torley for advice.

Here’s a good one on using/creating gestures: