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Vector - Phonograph by MisterAibo Vector - Phonograph by MisterAibo
Phonograph from MLP's S01E25 (Party of One), 2:59
Snap: [link] (left)

An animated version (SVG): [link]
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witchpixe Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Dear Princess Celestia, I am writting to you from the most delightful party. I'm not only having a great time with my friends but also was given the opportunity to learn a valuable lesson about friendship. Always expect the best from your friends and never assume the worst. Rest assured that a good friend always has your best interests at heart.
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masemj Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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MisterAibo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Cool. :)
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37517998 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
used [link]
thank you very much excellent work, genius
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Pony-Berserker Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used here. Thanks! [link]
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SpyroCool Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
I do believe, this is not a Phonograph, but a Ponygraph.



What? It had to be said!
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tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I used it in a comic here. Credit and a link back here are in the description.
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MisterAibo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Hilarious. How do you create your animations?
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tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Frame by frame. For that one specifically, the image is a 16-frame GIF. The animated phonograph is made of 4 frames (say, WXYZ) so the loop can be repeated 4 times:

WXYZWXYZWXYZWXYZ Frame Cycle
█▄▄▄█▄▄▄█▄▄▄█▄▄▄
1234567890123456 Total Frame Count

Where:
█ is the first frame, and
▄ is each subsequent frame.

The dancing Gummy is made of 5 different "poses" (say, ABCDE) arranged this way:

ABCDEDCBABCDEDCB Gummy Frame Cycle
▄▄▄▄▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▄▄▄▄ Gummy Facing Left/Right/Left

█▄▄▄█▄▄▄█▄▄▄█▄▄▄ Phonograph Frame Cycle
1234567890123456 Total Frame Count


Where
▀ Means "Gummy is Looking to the left"
▄ Means "Gummy is Looking to the right"

...so Gummy's animation "bounces"(?) and flips, spending half the time frames facing left, the other half facing right, all while the phonograph loops four times.

And for the composition of the comic itself, I export the frames at the final size from Inkscape: 1 completely still, 4 for each "only-the-phonograph-moves" panel (I duplicated the other 12 on Windows Explorer) and 16 for Gummy dancing.

Then in GIMP, I place all the frames of the first panel in the same place, then all the frames of the second panel ~505 pixels under the first panel, and repeat for Panels 03-09.

Then (for this comic) I set the layer visibility ON on the Layers/Panels that correspond to the "Frame01" of the animation, then I did the Right Click on the Layers tab ->"Merge Visible Layers" so I end with a single layer for the Frame01 made of all the corresponding Panels. Repeat for Frames 02-16.

Then Filters -> Animation -> Optimize (Difference) so the file is not so Big, and export as an animated GIF with 60 ms between frames...

...and that's how Equestria was made.
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MisterAibo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
I also use this kind of period multiples in my animations - it's the only way to make it seamless if you're aiming for a shorter loop.

However, I'd strongly recommend a less... tiresome... way to animate. Consider SVG animation. You could achieve the same results with any frame rate you desired and full fluidity of the time-based animation in the original. Not to mention that reusing assets is the question of ctrl+c - ctrl+v, not painstaking integration into the layers. You can always export the result as a sequence of PNGs and make those into an optimized GIF in the matter of minutes.

Of course, there is a bit of coding here and there, but I don't think you would mind that much. After all, you can come up with things like this.
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