How does one slow down an animated GIF? No. it’s not a riddle. It’s more of a puzzle really, but let’s have fun and call it a mystery.

Certainly, it was more of a mystery to me when a good friend of mine asked me that question the other day. So, like a Sherlock-Holmes-wannabe, I set out to discover how it could be done.

For the purposes of this example, I am going to use an animated GIF from a recent sports blog that shows the evolution of current Major League Baseball teams since 1876. That is 140 years!

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Go ahead, watch it once and see how fast the logos and years pop on and off. It goes pretty fast, doesn’t it? Kind of like real-life.

To slow it down, I needed to find a program that would not only be able to recognize an animated GIF file, but that would allow me to edit such a file.

Fortunately, there is such a program and the best part is it’s FREE!

The site is EZGIF.

You have the option of uploading a file or in this case, uploading the animated GIF image URL from the page itself.

Here is the entire link, https://s1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/JUw0PItyMfGdAXg6NDOZUw–/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NQ–/http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2015-08-25/015ab440-4af6-11e5-a42c-df968bd54cc4_MLBLogos2015FINAL256100dither.gif

[Note: In case you you were wondering, I found the image URL by right-clicking the image and choosing ‘Inspect Element‘. A box appears in the lower part of the screen and is split into a larger area on the left-hand side. I scrolled down until I found the full GIF image URL, highlighted between the (“), copied, and pasted it. If you weren’t wondering and are not at all interested, then just disregard this note altogether. It is intended for the real keeners!]

Simply copy and paste it in the box and press Upload! You will see this.

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When it has fully uploaded, you will see the image appear on the GIF Speed Changer page, Speed Changer Page like this.

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This image editor allows you to do a lot of fun and interesting things to your uploaded image, but we are only changing the speed here so just click on the ‘speed’ button above the image.

Below the image, you will see a couple little horizontal boxes which seem to be set to a default of ‘150’ and ‘% of current speed’.

While leaving it on ‘% of current speed’, change the number to 100 and then click on ‘Apply!’ You will see that the edited animated GIF has slowed down for you.

Go back up and lower the number to 70, 50, or 30 and ‘Apply!’ each time to see how the animation slows down even further. If you have a lot of time on your hands and you want to take your time seeing the logos change over the years, then change the speed to 1%. You may feel like you are living those 140 years in ‘real time’.

Mystery solved! I hope you found this as interesting, fun, and informative as I did.

Want to solve another mystery, why not try using another of the image editor’s tools to see what you can create with this or any other GIF that you might have.

Don’t worry, you can’t break it. You can only have fun and maybe even create something that you may want to use. Go ahead, go for it!

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