FFMPEG - Create WebP Animated Images
I wanted to find an animated image format that would allow me to have a larger, better quality image, than what I can achieve with GIF.
This is how one can use ffmpeg to convert a short video into a WebP animated image.
Copy, paste, and execute the script below after having tweaked the variables at the top to match your needs.
#!/bin/bash # Specify the path to the video you wish to convert to an animated webp. INPUT_VIDEO=input.mp4 # Set framerate of animated image. FRAMERATE=30 # Set output width/height WIDTH=800 HEIGHT=450 # Set compression of webp images between 1-100 with 100 being perfect. QUALITY=60 ffmpeg \ -i $INPUT_VIDEO \ -vcodec libwebp \ -preset default \ -loop 0 \ -an -vsync 0 \ -vf "fps=$FRAMERATE, scale=$WIDTH:$HEIGHT" \ -qscale $QUALITY \ output.webp
Below is an animated WebP image I managed to create that would fit within Discord's 8 MB file limit:
Unfortunately, it appears that Discord does not currently support WebP images, but they did in the past.
I converted the video to a GIF as well for comparison (below), which resulted in a larger file and a much poorer quality.
First published: 28th February 2021