I have encountered a slightly grey line with respect to something I wanted to ask and wanted to see how I can present it so that it is acceptable or just forgo altogether even trying. I want to avoid flaming, arguments and unnecessary downvotes if I can avoid it, because it won't be helpful.

SO here is my dilemma: We can all pretty much can agree that the GIF format is a graphics design relevant topic. However, we also know that GIFs can and often are animated. This means that some videos can be presented in GIF format for the sake of easier playback or whatnot. Now the video aspect makes me wonder if it would be outside the scope of graphic design, although many arguments can be made that they are relevant parallel fields.

SO my question: Are questions about conversion say form an OGV, FLV, MP4, AVI or whatnot format to GIF (animated of course) consistent with the site? Can we ask about it? or is it going to get hit with the barrage of off-topic votes if not gratuitous downvotes? or even derogatory answers to make the question get stuck and become protected from deletion?

Please advise, thank you.

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It's typical for video questions to get migrated over to the Video Production site. There aren't a whole lot of questions related to GIFs over there, but it doesn't look explicitly off topic.

Based on the existence of this question, I'd lean towards it being a better fit over there.

  • I agree with this, too.
    – user9447
    Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 20:51
  • My reservations to posting it there is that its not producing a video, its converting it from a video to an image format, so not sure they would feel this falls within their borders either. Although I do see a few questions there that might be considered similar enough to lend precedence. But I have had bad experience on GD relying on precedence. Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 21:30
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    One might ask on VP's meta to see if they'd want it.
    – hairboat
    Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 3:03

There are video-to-gif conversion questions on the VP site, so clearly they don't consider it off-topic. That said, I don't know why we would either.

As a designer I do a fair bit of motion graphics in both After Effects and more recently Edge Animate, as well as video, in design projects that span media. I'd be reluctant to say that questions about animation or even use of video in, say, a website, a fixed-layout ePub or a tablet app (such as from Edge Animate and InDesign via Adobe DPS) were not suitable for gd.se. These days, graphic designers are perforce working beyond print or static websites.

Video production questions ("Is there a best practice for combining P2 and DSLR Raw video formats in a Final Cut Pro X workflow?") clearly belong on vp.se, but it seems to me that "Will animated gifs play nice with iBooks Author?" or "Is there a way to convert an animated logo from video to something usable on my client's website, without having to use Flash?" would be gd.se questions.

  • Thank you, appreciate the thoughtful response. I would hope it would be equally relevant here as it would be on VE too and it would save me the trouble of having to be on yet another site. But I wanted to make sure and meta seemed as good a place as any to ask. Thank you. Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 3:26
  • I made a point of asking an AE question last week. So far its gotten no love :(
    – Ryan
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 13:29
  • Hmm... I guess I missed that one. Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 17:51
  • So... I at least made it feel noticed. :) Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 18:14

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