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ImageMagick Animate Command-line Tool

Use the animate program to animate an image sequence on any X server. See Command Line Processing for advice on how to structure your animate command or see below for example usages of the command.

Example Usage

We list a few examples of the animate command here to illustrate its usefulness and ease of use. To get started, lets animate an image sequence in the GIF format:

$ animate movie.gif

To animate a directory of JPEG images, use:

$ animate *.jpg

You can find additional examples of using animate in Examples of ImageMagick Usage.

Option Summary

The animate command recognizes these options. Click on an option to get more details about how that option works.

Option Description
-alpha on, activate, off, deactivate, set, opaque, copy", transparent, extract, background, or shape the alpha channel
-antialias remove pixel-aliasing
-authenticate value decrypt image with this password
-backdrop background color
-background color background color
-border geometry surround image with a border of color
-bordercolor color border color
-channel type apply option to select image channels
-clip clip along the first path from the 8BIM profile
-clip-path id clip along a named path from the 8BIM profile
-coalesce merge a sequence of images
-colormap type Shared or Private
-colors value preferred number of colors in the image
-colorspace type set image colorspace
-comment string annotate image with comment
-compress type image compression type
-contrast enhance or reduce the image contrast
-crop geometry preferred size and location of the cropped image
-debug events animate copious debugging information
-decipher filename convert cipher pixels to plain
-define format:option define one or more image format options
-delay value animate the next image after pausing
-density geometry horizontal and vertical density of the image
-depth value image depth
-despeckle reduce the speckles within an image
-display server get image or font from this X server
-dispose method layer disposal method
-dither method apply error diffusion to image
-edge radius apply a filter to detect edges in the image
-endian type endianness (MSB or LSB) of the image
-enhance apply a digital filter to enhance a noisy image
-extract geometry extract area from image
-filter type use this filter when resizing an image
-flatten flatten a sequence of images
-flip flip image in the vertical direction
-flop flop image in the horizontal direction
-frame geometry surround image with an ornamental border
-gamma value level of gamma correction
-geometry geometry preferred size or location of the image
-gravity geometry horizontal and vertical backdrop placement
-help print program options
-identify identify the format and characteristics of the image
-immutable type prohibit image edits
-interlace type type of image interlacing scheme
-interpolate method pixel color interpolation method
-label name assign a label to an image
-limit type value pixel cache resource limit
-log format format of debugging information
-map filename transform image colors to match this set of colors
-mattecolor color frame color
-monitor monitor progress
-monochrome transform image to black and white
-negate replace each pixel with its complementary color
-page geometry size and location of an image canvas (setting)
-profile filename add, delete, or apply an image profile
-quantize colorspace reduce image colors in this colorspace
-quiet suppress all warning messages
-raise value lighten/darken image edges to create a 3-D effect
-regard-warnings pay attention to warning messages.
-remote command execute a command in an remote animate process
-resample geometry change the resolution of an image
-resize geometry resize the image
-respect-parentheses settings remain in effect until parenthesis boundary.
-roll geometry roll an image vertically or horizontally
-rotate degrees apply Paeth rotation to the image
-sample geometry scale image with pixel sampling
-sampling-factor geometry horizontal and vertical sampling factor
-scene value image scene number
-segment values segment an image
-seed value seed a new sequence of pseudo-random numbers
-set attribute value set an image attribute
-sharpen geometry sharpen the image
-size geometry width and height of image
-strip strip image of all profiles and comments
-thumbnail geometry create a thumbnail of the image
-transparent-color color transparent color
-trim trim image edges
-update seconds detect when image file is modified and reanimate
-verbose print detailed information about the image
-version print version information
-virtual-pixel method access method for pixels outside the boundaries of the image
-visual animate image using this visual type
-window id animate images to background of this window
-window-group id exit program when this window id is destroyed