Step 2: Put the pictures on your computer

In my case, my pictures were located on a memory card in my cell phone, which is what I used to take the pictures. I put the memory card in an adapter and plugged it into my laptop as a flash drive. Other devices will probably be more cooperative for you; most digital cameras utilize a simple cable to connect, or even transfer files wirelessly.
Save the pertinent pictures in their own folder. Make sure to keep them in the order in which they were captured. Some cameras have ridiculous naming conventions for the files they create, so this may be difficult. Windows does a pretty good job of sorting them properly if you select the "modified" option under "arrange icons by..."
I will play with it on my linux box and see what goes....
I've used this method quite a few times before. Although, I've been straying away from .GIFs... the lack of pure RGB (or otherwise, i.e. CMYK) is not quite so pretty for photo animations. But, that's why there's Javascript, MPEGs, AVIs, et al. Still, this is a very nice instructable! If the align_stack function doesn't suit your fancy (it does mine =cD) then I suppose you could manually crop out the troublesome border.
Indeed! Thanks for the input! And yes, this isn't intended to be a sophisticated, artsy expression of anyone's inner poet. It's for when you want to put only half your butt into animating a time-lapse. :D
I guess there's something to be said for the lazier and easier ways. Anywho, I just followed your instructable to the letter and came out with a very nice result! And the .GIF indexing -that I detest so much- can be sidestepped by conversion to grayscale. They were black and white images =cD
Post it here, if you dare!
I do dare, sir. I'm taking a second time lapse of an alarm clock (isn't that the standard test?) with my infrared-converted PS2 EyeToy. It's actually pretty nice. Anywho, the first gif was pretty low quality, so I'll see if converting something almost grayscale to grayscale –as opposed to indexing, bleh!– will do anything.
Good method, but you might be better off using a plugin such as hugin's image stack align method which will do the matching more accurately and quickly.
Yeah, that's exactly the idea I had. Or you can use a tripod and intervalometer!
Did you get to make a time-lapse you could post here?
http://hugin.sourceforge.net It's primary application is as a panorama creator but the align_stack function it uses to match points in the different angled photos does this job. It can stretch and adjust slightly each photo to match the key points together.
Thanks! That looks amazing! It certainly would make the layering process easier. I'll edit the Instructable to mention it.
I have gimp but don't really know how to use it. Thanks for the instructable!

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