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animate - animates an image or image sequence on any X server.


animate [options] input-file


The animate program is a member of the ImageMagick(1) suite of tools. Use it to animate an image or image sequence on any X server.

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Image Settings:
-authenticate value decrypt image with this password

display image centered on a backdrop
-channel type
apply option to select image channels
-colormap type
Shared or Private
-colorspace type
alternate image colorspace -define format:option define one or more image format options
-delay value
display the next image after pausing
-density geometry
horizontal and vertical density of the image
-depth value
image depth
-display server
display image to this X server
-dispose method
layer disposal method
apply Floyd/Steinberg error diffusion to image
-format “string”
output formatted image characteristics
-gamma value
level of gamma correction
-geometry geometry
preferred size and location of the Image window
identify the format and characteristics of the image
displayed image cannot be modified
-interlace type
type of image interlacing scheme -interpolate method pixel color interpolation method
-limit type value
pixel cache resource limit
-loop iterations
loop images then exit
store matte channel if the image has one
-map type
display image using this Standard Colormap
monitor progress
seconds to pause before reanimating
-page geometry
size and location of an image canvas (setting) -quantize colorspace reduce colors in this colorspace
suppress all warning messages
pay attention to warning messages
-remote command
execute a command in an remote display process -sampling-factor geometry horizontal and vertical sampling factor
-scenes range
image scene range
-seed value
seed a new sequence of pseudo-random numbers -set attribute value set an image attribute
-size geometry
width and height of image
-support factor
resize support: > 1.0 is blurry, < 1.0 is sharp -transparent-color color transparent color
-treedepth value
color tree depth
print detailed information about the image
-visual type
display image using this visual type -virtual-pixel method virtual pixel access method
-window id
display image to background of this window

Image Operators:

-colors value
preferred number of colors in the image
-crop geometry
preferred size and location of the cropped image
-extract geometry
extract area from image
transform image to black and white
-repage geometry
size and location of an image canvas (operator)
-resample geometry
change the resolution of an image
-resize geometry
resize the image
-rotate degrees
apply Paeth rotation to the image
strip image of all profiles and comments
trim image edges

Image Sequence Operators:

merge a sequence of images
flatten a sequence of images

Miscellaneous Options:

-debug events
display copious debugging information
print program options
-log format
format of debugging information
-list type
print a list of supported option arguments
print version information

In addition to those listed above, you can specify these standard X resources as command line options: -background, -bordercolor, -borderwidth, -font, -foreground, -iconGeometry, -iconic, -name, -mattecolor, -shared-memory, or -title.

By default, the image format of ‘file’ is determined by its magic number. To specify a particular image format, precede the filename with an image format name and a colon (i.e. ps:image) or specify the image type as the filename suffix (i.e. Specify ‘file’ as ‘-’ for standard input or output.


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