, that apparently automagically analyzes an MP4 and finds segments that are ripe for looping as an animated GIF. Unfortunately, I can't make it work. Who can?
Loop Findr will apparently make the GIF for you, which is a wonderful bonus, but I was excited about the idea of a program that could seek out and identify potential loops, even if I had to do the gruntwork. I didn't have a chance to load the thing up until today, and it doesn't work. I'm on a first-gen MacBook Pro 13 with retina display running Mavericks. I've followed the instructions at the project's Github page
and made my own MP4s (in Handbrake) at 360p resolution to feed it. I've even gone to YouTube and downloaded videos using the clipconverter.cc
site, since the developer mentions that specifically as something that works. But I haven't gotten a single video to open in the application. I fire it up, it asks me to Choose A Video File using a standard Mac Finder dialog, and when I pick one the app window goes blank for a little while. If I'm lucky, I see a spinning beach ball for a few seconds. And then the window goes grey. If I expand it to full screen, it goes black. But nothing else ever happens and the program itself is offering me absolutely zero useful feedback.
I'd love to get this working, but I'm a Windows guy at heart and have no idea how to troubleshoot in OS X. I found some discussion on Reddit
, most of it from frustrated would-be users and none of it especially helpful. Heck, I know it works for somebody
, since a Tumblr search for "loopfindr" turns up some results
, though not as many as I'd expect. Is there someplace else people would be talking about this? I'd like to get a sense for whether or not it's a fool's errand before I sink any more of my weekend into trying to get it to work!