Experimental support for importing animated image formats

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  • We're using an experimental new feature in Chrome (WebCodecs) to support the ability to import animated image formats like GIF and APNG in to Construct 3.

    Where it's supported

    To use the experiment you will need to use:

    • Google Chrome 86+
    • Construct 3 r218+
      • In stable releases, tick Enable experimental features in Settings
      • In beta releases, it's enabled by default

    How it works

    When the feature is supported, you can import animated image formats (e.g. GIF files) to Construct 3, and it will import each individual animation frame as a separate image. This includes:

    • Importing image files to the Animations Editor by any means (open, import files, drag-and-drop etc.), which will import all the animation frames
    • Dragging and dropping an image file directly in to the Layout View, which will create a Sprite with a default animation containing all the animation frames

    The following animated image formats are currently supported in Chrome:

    • GIF (.gif)
    • APNG (Animated PNG, .png or .apng)
    • Animated WebP (.webp)
    • Animated AVIF (.avif, .avifs)

    Feedback

    Let us know if you have any thoughts about this! You can use this thread for general discussion about the feature. If you find a bug or a crash with it, please file an issue on the issue tracker as usual, following all the guidelines to ensure we can help.

  • I was yesterday playing with it and it is cool but i believe that it can be improved in one way(given below)

    When I drag a GIFs in layout,a sprite is made. But when 2 or more GIFs are dragged, construct 3 just "combines" them in same animation frame.

    It would had been better if construct 3 automatically creates different animation frame for different GIFs,or different sprites for different GIFs . Otherwise the user will have to drag GIFs one by one in current scenario

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  • It's great, we really need this kind of features to improve the workflow in general. I can't wait for it to work with the "Load image from URL" action, with an automatic adjustment / adaptation of the total number of frames relative to the one in the GIF file.

  • When I drag a GIFs in layout,a sprite is made. But when 2 or more GIFs are dragged, construct 3 just "combines" them in same animation frame.

    The problem with dragging multiple animated image files in one go is it's ambiguous - do you want two sprites, one sprite with two animations, or something else?

    You can also import animated images in to the Animations Editor to import all their frames, so I think that's the best approach for handling separate animations.

    I can't wait for it to work with the "Load image from URL" action, with an automatic adjustment / adaptation of the total number of frames relative to the one in the GIF file.

    Please note this is an editor feature and isn't supported in the runtime.

  • Ok, yes of course. Just being able to "load" will be already fine in development / test / design context, I already do it, but I have to adjust the exact number of frames by sprites and animations with a reference data sheet to facilitate the task.

  • Another cool thing would be to export an area of the game to GIF. For example, when the player dies in the game or even a coloring game to show how it was done.

  • Did this get removed? I tried it and it wasn't working

  • Chrome changed the underlying API so it will now only work in Chrome Canary (or possibly dev, haven't checked yet) for the time being. Eventually the updated version will make its way down to stable Chrome.

    This is normal for experimental features, which is part of the reason we have a notice indicating that they can change without warning at any time.

  • Thanks You

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