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“You cannot lose if you do not play.” -Marla Daniels

For my GIF assignment I chose Season 1, Episode 2 of The Wire. After many hassles and programs not responding and attempting to download harmful programs to my computer, I finally was able to make five GIFs that I thought were important or showed ongoing themes in The Wire.

This was more of a struggle than anything else I have done thus far in this class. World’s Fastest YouTube downloader refused to recognize the links that I was putting in for the first half of the week. Today I tried again and it recognized them and told me it was going to do it and then it said it was connecting even after I waited ten minutes. Maybe I’m not patient enough, I’m not sure but I tried a different way anyway. When I downloaded and tried Free YouTube Downloader and it worked super-fast and without hassle!

Then when I got it into MPEG and trimmed it down and everything and went to export, MPEG stopped responding (insert angry face here). It finally exported! Turns out I didn’t have it in the right file format. I wasn’t careful enough when looking at the options for how to download it and it was a movie file. I obviously needed it in pictures. I finally figured out how to do that after trying to open the movie file in GIMP and it not working.

Thankfully, the second, third, fourth, and fifth GIFs went a lot better than the first. Once I cut down the clips shorter they exported with no problems and it made it a lot easier to edit when it was short.

Chicken Nugget GIF




D'Angelo Interrogation

cant lose if you dont play


  1. You’re third gif definitely sums up an important theme throughout the season so far, which is that the cops aren’t always morally correct either. It’s interesting to see how Cedric has developed from your gif to the man he is in Episode 12 where he doesn’t want to buy into the messed up system anymore. Great job on making your first GIFs! Tip for putting them into WordPress, if you insert them as Full Size instead of Medium or Small then they will play automatically in your post. :)

  2. I’ve found that GIFs don’t animate when I embed them at a reduced size. That may be what’s happening here. There’s an option in WordPress to insert images at full size, which let’s them appear animated in the blog post.

    But otherwise – Great job! GIFs are tough at first, but once you get the process down, they’re a lot of fun.

  3. I loved reading your post because I also really struggled with the gif process. It took a very long time, but I now feel like I can create a gif, despite my lack of any tech knowledge. It’s nice to know I am not the only one who struggled and I think your gifs are great!

  4. I love the scenes you chose, particularly the Chicken McNugget one. And the scene in the towers with Prez blinding the kid, and then Daniels talking him through his defense. Powerful juxtaposition of GIFs.

    If you want these to animate in the post, try inserting them as there full size. Or even using the WordPress image editor to scale them to smaller images and embedding those. When a version of the image created by WordPress is embedded it won’t animate.

    Also, sorry there was some frustration during the creation process, but all this will come in handy as we start to move on to audio and video. It’s all in the creative game.

  5. Here is a resource for getting GIFs to animate in your WordPress posts:

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