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Squirt Animated GIFs straight from After Effects! · By GunSquid

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A topic by GunSquid created Mar 01, 2017 Views: 4,593 Replies: 151
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Developer

GIFsquid is great, but it isn't perfect. Please post here about any problems you encounter.

So the first time everything went fine and it rendered my gif no problem but after that i only get avi file and no gif, and i cant load the output module it give me error when i try to do that. 

Developer

Sorry to hear about that, Parzzi. I'd like to help but I need more information. What is the exact error you receive and what are the steps to reproduce the issue?

Its all good now i was using cs6 tried it on cc and it worked no problem.

OK so i don't know what is happening right now it stoped working again every time i press squirt gif it just render the comp to avi video and then the dos window appears for split second and close. I dont know what im doing wrong because the other day it was working fine now i only get avi file.

Developer (1 edit) (+1)(-1)

I've seen this happen when your harddrive is near full. It can also happen if your project is in the root of a drive and not in a folder. Another thing to check is that you have the AE option "Allow scripts to write files and access the network" set.

I'm having a similar issue to Parzzi. Whenever I 'SquirtGif' i get the error popup that "It may appear the AE has crashed, but rendering will continue. After rendering, we compress your gif in a dos window' I select yes and the render completes but the DOS window doesn't open and I'm left with an avi file. 

Im exporting to an external drive that has plenty of space and I am saving into a subfolder, and the "allow scripts to write files..." is selected, so I'm not too sure as to what is happening. 

Developer

Just to confirm, you are using Windows, correct?

Yep I'm on windows

Developer

Very strange. It almost sounds like you are missing files from the archive. Do you have a GIFsquid folder inside your Script UI folder?

I do, and running AE as administrator ended up with the same result.

Developer

Ok. Please try this for me. Open a new File Explorer window and go to c:\ProgramData (if the folder is hidden, just type it into the address bar)

Inside you should see two files: GIFsquid.log and squidyavi.bat. Open both of those in notepad and paste the contents here or to pastebin.

Ah, so I'm not seeing those files there. Only a blank "GifSquid" text document. 

Developer

It really sounds like you're missing some files and/or AE isn't set to allow scripts to write files/access network.   Please try re-extracting the JSXBIN file and the GIFsquid folder into your AE/ScriptUI folder and double-check the preference to allow scripts to write files.  In your case, the script is choking at the point it should be able to write to C:\programdata

Developer

Did you ever get this working?

Hello, I'm having the same problem. I did everything you suggested,  but I keep getting the "AE has crashed" notification and it just renders the comp as an .avi file and then nothing else happens.

Developer

Hi Mikel, Just to double-check, you are on Windows and you've done all of the installation steps, including setting AE to "allow scripts to write files and access the network"?

I hope i can help you with this as i found the problem with mine was that you have to run after effect as an administrator or it will not work at least for me that is the case.

Try to run after effect as an administrator.

if someone comes across this. I enabled java debugger and now it still pops up but when I click continue in dos it works.

https://i.imgur.com/4xNlXzh.png

Should I worry about this showing up in the dos window?
"Could Not Find C:\Users\Repai\AppData\Local\Temp\magick*" 

Developer

Nope! It will currently show that if there is nothing to pre-clean. Pre-cleaning is only necessary if you close out of the DOS window or otherwise cancel the squirting process early.

Another thing, seems like my gifs are playing too fast, I don't know if there should be a frame delay set in after effects or something like that.

Developer

You can select a framerate in the options. Please note that not all framerates are valid and will get rounded to whatever the GIF format actually supports. Also note that if you enable Turbo mode, it pulls the framerate from your comp.

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I was pretty excited to try GunSquid but something doesn't work :[

When I hit the Squirt Gif button, an alert pops up. It says that AE may crash and I shouldn't be afraid because a DOS window should pop up and finish the job (something like that).
Sadly, it doesn't happen. It just adds the project in the render queue, as an .avi and nothing else happens.

I've checked what you said in the other bug reports.
1) The project isn't in the root, it's in subfolders
2) I've checked the "allow to write script from network" thing
3) I've tried to run AE as an administrator
4) I've been searching for something into the c:/ProgrammData, sadly there was no trace of anything GunSquid related. I guess, that's where my proglem is, right?

To be honest, I'm a bit lost and don't know what I should try next... so here I am, telling you everything I could try / figuring out :D

Developer

Hey there, sorry you're having issues. What version of After Effects and Windows are you running?

That's fine, no need to apologize. I'm like 90% sure there's something wrong with my computer :D

But if it can help, I'm using After Effects CC, on Windows 10 family edition / Version 1709 / OS: 16299.64

Developer

Please doublecheck that you have installed all of the files, in your Script UI Panels folder you should have the gifsquid.jsxbin as well as a Gifsquid folder. Also check in c:\programdata for a file called "squidyavi.bat". If that isn't present after trying to Squirt, it means that GIFsquid wasn't able to write files.  If AE is simply not rendering your project after queing an AVI, try rendering it manually or clearing the render queue before squirting.

This isn't really a bug, but I was just wondering if it's at all possible to squirt a transparent gif? I just want text - and not the background color of the comp. I can't find any info on this.

Developer

It is possible. The old version of GIFsquid (still available here) uses PNG internally instead of AVI, and will produce transparent GIFs. It can be a little trickier to set up, so I scrapped that in favor of simplicity but I still have the old version available.

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The first time I used GIFsquid it added the project to the render queue, but then did nothing.  I had to manually "Squirt GIF" again, and then it finally ran (DOS popup).  However, the .gif it created was exceptionally choppy/stuttered when viewed.  I figured this had to do with a  framerate issue, so I adjusted the composition and settings and ran GIFsquid again, but the only thing it's doing is creating new AVI files in the output directory.  The DOS function never runs and a .gif file is never generated.

Any thoughts/input would be greatly appreciated.  I'm using AfterEffects cc2018 on Windows 10 Home Build 16299.

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**Edit - I previously had a paragraph expressing concerns at how GIFsquid might have altered the way Adobe Media Encoder generates animated .gif files, but have since resolve that issue and removed that portion of my question above.

Developer

This is usually an issue with special characters in the project path. Can you go to c:\programdata (it may be hidden) and find the "squidyavi.bat" file and paste the contents of it here (edit it in notepad, then copy and paste)

Thanks for your reply.  Here are the contents of the .bat file you requested.  I'm assuming it is the "_" in the name that messed it up, as the original file was named "Comp 1", but the renaming algorithm added the "_4" (this was my fourth attempt, versions _2 and _3 also were previously generated by AfterEffects...)

cd\ cd "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2018\Support Files\Scripts\ScriptUI Panels\GIFsquid\"
GIFsquidavi.bat 24 1500 "D:\Windows\Documents\WebWorks\Brittleknee\Gif Creation\1\Comp 1_4.avi" "D:\Windows\Documents\WebWorks\Brittleknee\Gif Creation\1\GIFsquid_Output" 0.5 480x "" "Comp 1_4.avi" false
exit

Developer

Actually, underscores are allowed characters, so it shouldn't be that. Does the issue persist after restarting after effects? Another thing to try is clearing the render queue and deleting any leftover AVI files from failed GIF creation and then trying again. I've sometimes seen AE fail to render anything after pressing g Squirt. Usually manually rendering and then trying again fixes this.

Hi, I've tried everything stated here regarding the issues with having 'It may appear the AE has crashed, but rendering will continue. After rendering, we compress your gif in a dos window' error, restarted my pc, reset my settings on AE, reinstalled GIFsquid, ran as admin, did "allow to write script from network", nothing. in programdata I'm only getting 'squidyavi.bat' and not the log file. Honestly don't know what to do at this point!

Developer

Lets check the contents of squidyavi.bat to make sure there aren't any special characters in the path.

Odd, its empty. 

Developer

very odd. That suggests that AE wasn't able to write in it. Can you delete that bat file and try again? I'm curious if it can create the file but not write in it.

Yep, same thing, could it be something to do with not having admin permissions to write it? 

Developer(-1)

Sounds likely, however the ProgramData folder doesn't normally need admin access to write to it. 

Having a weird issue where large gifs aren't generating unless I set it to Turbo mode. If I don't use Turbo mode, it acts as if it was successful, opens the folder, but there's no file. Any ideas?

Developer

hey there. I've seen this issue happen when the path of your project or the name of your comp has special characters in it. I've also seen antivirus software remove some of the .exe files that gifsquid needs from the gifquid/bin folder.

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Thanks for the fast reply! My comp name (abc) and filename (MetaNonMeta.aep) only have letters though, same with the path (excluding backslash, space, and colon chars) . Here's a screenshot of my gifsquid\bin folder (though the only antivirus I have is Windows Defender):

Here's the GIFsquid.log:

convert.exe: UnableToCreateTemporaryFile `E:\Stephen\Documents\AfterEffects Projects\WHATAMIGONNADO\abc.avi': No such file or directory @ error/delegate.c/InvokeDelegate/1876.
convert.exe: UnableToOpenBlob `C:/Users/Stephen/AppData/Local/Temp/magick-93516xuC9P0tpcKhx.pam': No such file or directory @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2705.
convert.exe: NoImagesDefined `E:\Stephen\Documents\AfterEffects Projects\WHATAMIGONNADO\GIFsquid_Output/abc.avi-2018-04-11_21-10-40.gif' @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/3257.


It's strange that this only happens in non-Turbo mode; does Turbo mode handle paths differently maybe?

Developer

very weird...  do me a favor and try a regular (non-turbo) render, then open up "c:\programdata\squidyavi.bat" in notepad and paste the contents here. GIFsquid creates and runs this batchfile right after it renders the AVI. I want to see what it is trying to do.  Note that c:\programdata is a hidden folder so may not be visible in explorer windows.

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Here's what I found (used another project/comp, but same issue): 

Successful (turbo):
cd\ cd "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2017\Support Files\Scripts\ScriptUI Panels\GIFsquid\"
GIFsquidavi.bat 30 12000 "E:\Stephen\Documents\AfterEffectsProjects\WHATAMIGONNADO\Troi.avi" "E:\Stephen\Documents\AfterEffectsProjects\WHATAMIGONNADO\GIFsquid_Output" 0.5 800:-1 "" "Troi.avi" true
exit

Unsuccessful (non-turbo):
cd\ cd "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2017\Support Files\Scripts\ScriptUI Panels\GIFsquid\"
GIFsquidavi.bat 30 12000 "E:\Stephen\Documents\AfterEffectsProjects\WHATAMIGONNADO\Troi.avi" "E:\Stephen\Documents\AfterEffectsProjects\WHATAMIGONNADO\GIFsquid_Output" 0.5 800x "" "Troi.avi" false
exit


Looking at the log file, now it's throwing new errors:

convert.exe: DelegateFailed `"ffmpeg.exe" -nostdin -v -1 -i "%i" -vframes %S -vcodec pam -an -f rawvideo -y "%u.pam"' @ error/delegate.c/InvokeDelegate/1919.
convert.exe: UnableToReadImageData `C:/Users/Stephen/AppData/Local/Temp/magick-31324qcORP4FuAA8U.pam' @ error/pnm.c/ReadPNMImage/1280.
convert.exe: NoImagesDefined `E:\Stephen\Documents\AfterEffectsProjects\WHATAMIGONNADO\GIFsquid_Output/Troi.avi-2018-04-12_21-04-51.gif' @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/3257.

Developer(+1)

Do you have FFMPEG installed on your computer? GIFsquid might be trying to use the one on your system instead of the one included with it. You could try upgrading FFMPEG. Do me a favor and send me your email address in a PM, I want to send you some stuff.

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I think upgrading FFMPEG in GIFsquid\bin has resolved the issue; I'm generating large gifs with Turbo set to false with no issues. Thanks a lot for the troubleshooting help!

This one's a fun error, couldn't figure it out myself. Has anyone else had it? I get the same when trying to install Cuddlephish, too.

Developer

Hey there, are you using a weird skin for windows or is that a Mac?

I'm on Mac OS X Sierra 10.12.6, After Effects CC.

Developer

Sorry chum,

System Requirements:

Windows 7 64bit or later.

Adobe After Effects CC.

Contact me at hellphish@gmail.com with the email you used to pay and I'll arrange for a refund.

Ack! My fault entirely. Thanks for the help, no worries about a refund, I'll hold onto the license for a future Windows machine!

Developer

Sounds good, amigo. Cheers!

Hello, I am using Windows and have " Allow scripts to write files....." checked in AE. When i squirt the GIF, CMD pops up and does its thing and then takes me to  an empty output file in the path where my project was saved. I have show hidden files on in file explorer ( if that makes a difference ) but i cant seem to find where it sent my gif. There are no special characters in the title of my project as well.

Developer

So, usually it ends up making a folder called "GIFsquid_Output" in the same folder that your last render went to. If you can't find it, try adding your comp to your render queue manually and check the output folder (no need to actually render, just check the path) and then check for the Output folder there. Another option is to search the drive for "*.gif" and sort by date modified.  Usually the folder is opened for you after the gif is done rendering, but sometimes it fails to open the right folder. I've seen this happen when the project is saved in the root of a folder (like T:\project.aep)

Hi! I'm having an issue with rendering 60fps gifs. It outputs the initial AVI file fine, but when it's converted into a GIF, the resulting GIF looks like it's going 2x slower than it should. I tried hardcoding the FPS values in the bat files, but that didn't seem to make a difference. My comp is set to 60fps, and GIFSquid in AE is set to 60fps. Any help would be appreciated!

Developer

There is no such thing as a 60fps gif file, unfortunately. Most 60fps "gifs" are actually mp4 files.  GIF files don't use a framerate internally, they use a frame delay, which is how long to display each frame before moving on to the next. This delay can only be specified in 10ms increments, and 60FPS = ~16ms delay. If you are trying to make a smooth GIF file, I recommend no higher than 50fps.

That's unfortunate. Guess I'll stick to 50fps GIFs. Thanks for the clarification!

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The last time I used GifSquid it worked flawlessly. But after I reset my computer, it stopped working.  It does render the avi file and it very briefly opens the dos window. But it closes in like half a second. Don't know what to do. Tried changing the settings and of course rebooting.

Help me GunSquid, you're my only hope.

Developer

Did I end up helping you on reddit? let me know if you still need help.

I just bought both gifsquid and cuddlephish and both show the dos window and behave like if they are going to output something, but my files stay empty, no gif .....can't output anything.... Please help me out !

Hello,

I just downloaded Gifsquid. But when I try to run it I don't have any do window opening or anything.

I extracted everything into the ScriptUi folder, and AE is allowed to write scripts. I'm on CC2017.

I checked in the ProgramData folder but I don't see any files unfortunately. Any ideas?

Developer

Hey somberoww, I'm sorry you're having trouble! it seems like you're doing everything right here so I'm not sure what could be wrong. double check that virus scanners aren't interfering with the .exe files in the gifsquid/bin flles. somtimes updates can detect these files as harmful since i'm not a big time developer.

I keep getting an error saying 'Unable to execute script at line 104. Invalid image data' when trying to use the script!

Developer

uh oh. What version of Windows are you running?

Windows 10 Home Version 1803, Build 17134.706

Developer

double check you've installed all the files. This error implies that the icon is missing.

Hey I get the same error message with both GIFSquid and Project Cuddlephish- I've installed all the files and it's still giving me the same error message. To be clear, to install, I go to File-Scripts-Install UI Panel, and click on the .jsx file, correct? It's showing up in the window panel, but I get the same error code as soulforsoup. Windows 10, After Effects CC 2020. Any help would be appreciated.

Developer

No, that is not how you should install it. You should unzip the entire zip file to the Script UI folder, not just the jsxbin file.


  1. Close After Effects
  2. Unzip everything in the zip file to the the "ScriptUI Panels" folder.
  3. On After Effects 2015 this is usually at "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2015.3\Support Files\Scripts\ScriptUI Panels" If you are upgrading, overwrite any existing files.
  4. Open After Effects
  5. Go to "Edit->Preferences->General..." and make sure "Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network" is checked.
  6. Open Project CuddlePhish by going to Window->Project Cuddlephish. We like to dock it on the right!

I have the same errors as the previous thread. I reverted to 2015 and it worked for both squid and cuddle gif makers. 
I am guessing the api has been updated in the 2019 versions and if there is a fix please update instructions for installation included in the rar package.

Developer

Thanks for the feedback. I'll do some research to see what Adobe has changed.

Developer

I did some testing on version 16.1.1 and it still works. There haven't been any major changes to the API. Can you try installing again, unzipping all the files and folders and checking the AE option to allow scripts to write files.

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Yes, it works now for both makers. Thanks for being fast about this. 

16.1.1
For reference, "Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network" has been moved to preference->scripting and expressions tab

BUG for GIFsquid and Project Cuddlephish: Squirting more than 1 gif at a time leads to unexpected results

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Start squirting a long gif (so that you have time to switch projects and start another gif)
  2. Switch to another project and start squirting another gif.
  3. Examine the outputted gifs. Note that they may be cut short or contain frames of each other.
  4. If you didn't get that behavior, for the second gif, try one that's small enough to finish rendering before the first gif finishes rendering.

Actual behavior: when squirting more than 1 gif at a time, the outputted gifs may have dropped frames and/or contain frames of other gifs that were rendered simultaneously.

Expected behavior: squirting multiple gifs at once works well.

My GIFsquid.log file is empty...

I realize this is probably a "feature", but I figured you should know about it. Thanks for the hard work on this.

Developer

Thanks for the report! Squirting more than one gif at a time is not yet supported. I'll add it to the possible feature feature list.

I'm getting this error when trying to squirt a gif using Project Cuddlephish or GifSquid.

Caused by: Wrong syntax for filename, catalog name or volume label.

Here are the contents of GIFsquid.log and squidyavi.bat

 https://pastebin.com/2AC8rFGY



Windows 10, Adobe CC 15.0.0

CPU: i7700K

GPU: GTX 1070

Developer

it looks like you are missing wmic from your system path. Verify that you still have your windows directory and system32 in your PATH environment variable.

I was indeed missing the PATH environment variables. I added them and it works like charm now. Thank you very much, love the plugin.

Hey there, I tried to use GifSquid 0.6 because I wanted to makea transparent gif, basicly it's working, the png sequence is transparent despite my text. But when GifSquid is squishing the gif, the text is overlapping itself.

My GIf


I hope there is some solution for this ^^

Developer

ivI'vee only seen that when the crappiness is set too high. What was it set to here?

Hey. I am using Gif Squid 0.6 (the one that creates a png seqeunce), I don't seem to find a crappiness setting as in GifSquid 0.8. Only the fuzz option, but the output does not change wether or not I have a higher or lower fuzz input, the text is still overlapping.

hey there. I wanted to ask if there was any news regarding a solution. :)

Developer

Hello, I apologize, I didn't see your reply until now. I'm working on a solution that you may be able to implement, but please understand that I am not able to provide much support for older versions. One of the reasons newer versions of GifSquid don't support transparency is because it was so problematic to deal with. That said, i'll try to work out something for this particular case.

Developer

I was able to fix it in my test scenario. Here is how you can fix it on your side.

  • Please make a backup of the GIFsquid.bat file found in "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2015.3\Support Files\Scripts\ScriptUI Panels\GIFsquid".
  • Right click the GIFsquid.bat file and select 'edit'
  • Press Ctrl-A to select all the contents, then Delete to clear out the file
  • Copy all the text from https://pastebin.com/raw/Ubc8bdxF into the now-empty file
  • Save the new GIFsquid.bat file
  • Try squirting another GIF!
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Just bought it and I have AE CC 2015 on Win 10. After I extract all the files to the scripts ui folder and then open after effects I don't see GIFsquid in the window drop down menu, even after troubleshooting edit->templates->output modules. Any help?


Edit: nevermind bro my 7zip was tweaking lol

COOL,I always got “104” errors at the beginning. The next thing I found was because I did n’t throw the entire folder into ScriptUI Panels. Maybe people who have this problem are because they only put the .jsxbin file.

I can't render a GIf. It's always saving it as AVI.

https://imgur.com/a/AF3QvTJ

Developer

Great write-up with pics! After the avi renders, the script will convert it to a gif and delete the avi. It uses the last location you rendered to, so for now just set a location for the avi and render it manually, then delete the avi. Now gifsquid should be able to do everything itself. To be clear, when you squirt the gif, it queues up an avi, renders it, converts it to gif, then deletes the avi.

Thanks for replying! After I saved and rendered the AVI file to a folder, the command line script opens up and says that it can't find the path specified, and nothing happens. https://imgur.com/0tpnxAC

And for some reason, The GIFS that I make in Cuddlephish are rendered in slow motion, so I need some help with that. Thanks again!

Developer

the "can't find path" is normal, it just means there were no files to clean up. After that the "nothing happens" is your gif being made! It is very slow and there is no progress bar.


Framerate issues are usually from trying to compress at an invalid framerate for the gif format. Stay between 25 and 50 fps for good results.

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I haven't been able to get this to work yet, I'm using Adobe After Effects CC 2015 on Windows 10.

When I click on "Squirt GIF" I get the "It may appear that After Effects has crashed..." message, but when I press "Yes" the popup closes and nothing happens.

I read the other bug  reports, and I found that my c:\ProgramData doesn't have squidyavi.bat, so I figured it was having trouble writing to the file system. I tried reinstalling the script, making sure that "Allow scripts to write files" is checked, and even tried running After Effects as administrator, but nothing's changed. I also tried "Enable JavaScript debugger" but that didn't do anything either.

Anything else I can try to troubleshoot? Where does squidyavi.bat come from, is it downloaded from the Internet at runtime?

Update: solved! The issue was that I had the video file selected in the Projects tab (instead of the Composition).

Developer

c:\ProgramData\squidy.avi is generated by the plugin after rendering your comp to an AVI. It sounds like the render is never kicking off, but there is a workaround: Manually queue your comp for a render to AVI, and set the render location somewhere project-agnostic, like c:\projects\GIFs.  Render your comp out, clear the queue, and delete the render. Squirting should now work.  

The reason this workaround works is because GIFSquid/CuddlePhish render to the last location you rendered to.

Also if you haven't already, join the High Quality Gifs discord where lots of folks share tips and give advice.

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Thanks GunSquid, I should've mentioned that I had tried that too. Tried again, no change. For the render I did "File > Export > Add to Render Queue", in case there's another way to do it. I rendered as AVI (but I'm guessing that doesn't matter since you said to delete the render anyway).

I'll try posting in the discord!

Update: solved! The issue was that I had the video file selected in the Projects tab (instead of the Composition).

GIFSquid 0.6 is not working, and it is the only one that would be useful for me, because of the transparency.

 I’m using Windows 10 Home 64-bit , version 1903 and After Effects 2020.

 When I hit the Squirt Gif button, an alert pops up. It says that AE may crash and I shouldn't be afraid because a DOS window should pop up and finish the the job.

After a very long time, it doesn't happen. It just adds the project in the render queue, as an .avi and nothing else happens. I've already checked: - The project isn't in the root, it's in subfolders - I've checked the "allow to write script from network" - I've tried to run AE as an administrator - I've been searching for something into the c:/programdata, and "squidyavi.bat" is there

-I have installed all of the files, in my Script UI Panels folder, and I have the gifsquid.jsxbin as well as a Gifsquid folder.

 As AE is not rendering my project after queing an AVI, I’ve tried rendering it manually and clearing the render queue before squirting, but that didn’t work either.

Developer

Hi Volive, I'm sorry you're having issues. Old versions of Gifsquid are no longer supported, but we can try to get you working. The first thing you'll need to do is replace the 'GIFsquid.bat' file in ScriptUI Panels\GIFsquid with the one here https://gist.github.com/hellphish/95a16d940f96a0bf8f6f3b3d16258708

Next, make sure you have imported the PNG sequence output template from the zip file, instructions are in the readme.

Last, before you press Squirt, be sure you have a comp selected in the project panel. 

0.6 doesn't generate a squidyavi.bat file and should not be queing an AVI file.  It should queue a png sequence, and the file it generates in programdata is called 'squidy.bat' 

Hi,
Just bought the plugin today and nothing happens when the comp is on queue. I've tried everything that was said, even your latest message yet nothing works.
I have lots of render to do for tomorrow and I feel kinda cheated as I placed high hopes in this script...

Developer

Do make sure that your comp is selected before attempting to "squirt" a gif. It should add a render to the queue, render it, then use the rendered Avi to create the gif.

Yes the comp is selected and "squirting" it does add the render to the queue. But I have to launch it manually, and of course it gives me a really heavy .avi file. But no window opens, and no gif is rendered anyhow. I know it was a discount, and I probably missed something that would make it work, but for the moment I just paid 7.5$ for another render button :(
I did try everything that was said on this thread but it still doesn't work...

Developer (1 edit)

Can you check for a file called "squidyavi.bat" inside c:\programdata (this is a hidden folder). If it exists, can you open it in notepad and paste the contents here?  If it doesn't exist, try restarting AE, reopening your project, and manually clearing the render queue. 

BTW, where did you buy the script from? I have never charged more than $5 for it, and you said you bought it yesterday but I don't see any transactions in the past 6 days.

Also, if you haven't yet, come join the High Quality Gifs discord where lots of people share help and advice. https://discord.gg/Yzcw7Q

Hello,
Sorry for the very long time, had plenty of work and forgot about this.
There's no squidyavi.bat there :/
I actually bought it from this very website, it was a bundle GifSquid/Cuddlephish that cost 6$ and there was 1$20 of taxes (I just found my paypal receipt with all details).

Developer

Hello. I'm away from my PC for the next few days, but I'll get a new version uploaded which has more debugging features. Hopefully it will help us get down to the issue.

Developer

Sorry for the delay getting back to you, I've uploaded a debug version of GifSquid that may give us more information about your issue. It is version 0.80b

I havn't been able to install the ScriptUI Panel for 1.2 and now 1.3. Everything works great, I just have to go into the sub menu and choose "Run Script File" each time. When I do click on Cuddlephish under the Windows menu I get this error: "Unable to execute script at line 121. Invalid image data." For 1.2 I think it was something like line 88. Let me know what I'm doing wrong please

Developer

Generally you should launch scriptUI scripts from the "Window" menu in AE, not from the "File" menu.

The error you are seeing can be caused when the script is not fully installed (you must unzip everything in the zip to your ScriptUI folder). It can also be caused by using an unsupported OS.

What OS are you running?

All fixed! And I am on w10.

The problem was the unzipping, I was unzipping all the files into their own folder in my ScriptsUI folder instead of putting all the zip contents directly in there. 

Thanks!

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Hi, unfortunately I can't get Gifsquid to work without turning on Turbo mode. I tried everything I could find in previous posts. I installed new beta version from 4 days ago and still the same problem. Updating ffmpeg to the newest version didn't help as well :(

Here is my GIFsquid.log (not working):
convert.exe: UnableToCreateTemporaryFile `E:\PROJECTS\AFX\NotABeatEmUp\nabeuprmxfull.avi': No such file or directory @ error/delegate.c/InvokeDelegate/1876.
convert.exe: UnableToOpenBlob `C:/Users/Mario/AppData/Local/Temp/magick-13732pkjotHz6EYya.pam': No such file or directory @ error/blob.c/OpenBlob/2705.
convert.exe: NoImagesDefined `E:\PROJECTS\AFX\NotABeatEmUp\GIFsquid_Output/nabeuprmxfull.avi-2020-08-17_23-44-49.gif' @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/3257.

and squidyavi.bat (not working):
cd\
cd "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2019\Support Files\Scripts\ScriptUI Panels\GIFsquid\"
GIFsquidavi.bat 30 2500 "E:\PROJECTS\AFX\NotABeatEmUp\nabeuprmxfull.avi" "E:\PROJECTS\AFX\NotABeatEmUp\GIFsquid_Output" 0.5 475x "" "nabeuprmxfull.avi" false
exit

CUDDLEFISH no problems at all but the size is a killer, at least with longer clips

GIFsquid.log (TURBO - working):
cd\ 
cd "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2019\Support Files\Scripts\ScriptUI Panels\GIFsquid\"
GIFsquidavi.bat 30 4500 "E:\PROJECTS\AFX\NotABeatEmUp\nabeuprmxfull.avi" "E:\PROJECTS\AFX\NotABeatEmUp\GIFsquid_Output" 0.5 475:-1 "" "nabeuprmxfull.avi" true
exit

and squidyavi.bat (TURBO - working):
cd\ 
cd "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2019\Support Files\Scripts\ScriptUI Panels\GIFsquid\"
GIFsquidavi.bat 30 4500 "E:\PROJECTS\AFX\NotABeatEmUp\nabeuprmxfull.avi" "E:\PROJECTS\AFX\NotABeatEmUp\GIFsquid_Output" 0.5 475:-1 "" "nabeuprmxfull.avi" true
exit

Developer

Thank you for the detailed report! From what you've shown me, I believe the issue lies with ImageMagick (convert.exe) it looks like it is unable to open the intermediary AVI file. Can you check that convert.exe isn't being blocked by Antivirus? It is in the gifsquid/bin folder

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Thank you for your swift response!
Added whole GIFSquid folder (inside ScriptUI Panels) to exception, convert.exe to trusted files + set to Administrator but still no luck.
Closing completely Firewall and Antivirus made no difference.

UPDATE (Problem Solved!)
It seems there was a problem with both Avast antivirus and Comodo Firewall you can add the whole folder to be trusted and it doesn't work.
I tested few free alternatives that work and can recommend:
Firewalls: TinyWall or Simplewall
Antivirus: Bitdefender Antivirus Free or Kaspersky Cloud Antivirus
Solution: Add convert.exe to exception and something that was not mentioned here,
do the same with cmd.exe ( ! ) (you can set it for an hour or time span needed to convert file if you don't want to allow connections permanently)

It's all good now,
Thank You :)

Hey is there a way to export Gif with transparency? I would love to avoid feeding Photoshop with image sequences. Nothing compares to GifSquid/Cuddlephish combo

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Hi - On AE CC 2020 Windows 10 and the latest version of GIFsquid 0.8b.  Once I click continue to render then get this error - http://prntscr.com/ujnd0q

[debug] SquirtGIF failed with: null is not an object

My GIF is about 8 seconds long.  Any thoughts?

Try run AFX in Administrator mode, make sure your composition's name doesn't include any special characters and don't forget to add exceptions to your firewall.

Developer

Thank you for providing this advice. However I must point out that gifsquid does not phone home or use the internet in any way.

I know that, yet convert.exe was blocked by default in Comodo Firewall, Tiny Wall and some antivirus software. That was causing my export problems. 

Tried this and still had the same problem. 

I'm also getting this error on the new version and on AE CC 2020.

Developer

are you using the US English version of AE?

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I am also getting this problem, I do get a pop up box saying that After Effects appears to have crashed, which it has not. Press yes and then get this error   I am on AFX 17.5.1 (Build 47) - I can turn on debugging and send a report if required. 

Developer

Hello. Firstly, that pop up is not saying that AE crashed, only that it may APPEAR frozen. Secondly, make sure you have a comp selected when you press squirt and that there are no special characters in the name of the comp or the path of the project file.

Thank you for your reply @GunSquid. I renamed the comp with the title "Test" 
Pressed "Quirt Gif" and it loads the comp to the Render Queue 

However it doesn't render the project out, and does not load up DOS like it does for Project Cuddlephish. 

Having the same problem here.  Suspected Adobe broke something, but I backed out to After Effects 17.0.6 and did not resolve the issue.

Additional troubleshooting step: I attempted to squid a project that previously created a gif successfully. Same broken result

Developer

If you are having the problem where it queues but doesn't render, try rendering the queue manually once, then resquirting

That did it.  Thanks, GunSquid!

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Hello! I've just purchased GifSquid but when i'll try to Squir GIF it gives me the warning of the DOS process first and then it gives me an error saying "Lossless is not a valid model name"

(Edit: It gives the error in Italian ofc, i just translated for asking support purposes)

How can i make it work ? Do i need to run AE with english language ? (I'm not native english and i use Italian version)

Developer

yes, unfortunately Gifsquid doesn't work on international versions of the software. 

Ah... That's unfortunate.

I managed to set the language to english_US and now there's another error "Null is not an object", and i can't even render manually from the queue.

Is it possible to get transparent backgrounds? I'm not entirely sure how to do so at the moment with GIF Squid.

Developer

Not currently, sorry.

No worries. Thanks for the quick response!

Hello I'm getting very slow motion gifs out of cuddlefish no matter what FPS is set from 20-50. Original file is 60fps MP4.

I'm also dealing with this. It was behaving properly and seems to have just decided to take forever. Not sure if some temp files need cleaned out or what.

Hi there! I'm sorry I know this thread is a bit old, I seem to be having the same issue as a person had about 3 years ago. These are the steps I have done/ whats going on if it helps. 

1) Project in subfolders (tried a couple locations)
2) "allow to write script from network" and java debug on
3) AE as an admin
4) Scriptui has all files
5) it creates the bat file in program data
6) I did the output module loading aom file
7) it opens with the window warning of the possible crashing, etc, opens render que with avi (I have not rendered yet otherwise) and nothing happens it seems. I have a performance overlay, the CPU and GPU stay at 0-3%, occasionally the gpu spikes a little but I dont think its from gifsquid. 

Its so strange because I have previously had a few machines, it worked on all of them from windows to mac, i remember having an issue one time a year ago but I somehow fixed it.
My specs: GIFsquid v0.8 AE CC newest version I think Win 10 Home / Version 2004 / OS 19041.928

I feel like I heard something about AE actually being able to export gifs now so im going to check that out, I just loved being able to specify everything  and keep it around a specific size.  Anyway, thanks for making this!

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Not sure what's happening, GIFsquid was working fine but now it just hangs on the DOS window. I'm not sure if it's always said this but at the top it says: 'Dennis' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Anyways it'll get to Pre-cleaning and Squirting GIF but then nothing else happens. In the past it would usually squirt a gif in under a minute. Last night I left it for several hours and nothing happened.

I updated Ae recently and thought that could be an issue, so I deleted GIFsquid and re-added it to the ScriptUI Panels folder.

Also, not sure if this helps but Cuddlefish will output a file but it's 0 bytes. So seems like both are having issues right now.

Any thoughts?