I have a stop motion animation of about 35 seconds in duration (~150 frames). The resolution is quite large at around 900px x 450px.

What is the best format to play this looping on my website? I think my options are either .gif, standard .swf, or convert it into a movie .swf.

What is the recommended approach to this? I want the images to have a high fidelity and I was hoping to not use flash due to Apple incompatibility.

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    I think that's too big for a .gif, so some sort of movie is probably the best answer. You don't necessarily need to use Flash--there are a number of JavaScript players that use HTML5: look at JW Player.
    – NReilingh
    Mar 17, 2012 at 22:13

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Likely the best solution is take your frames into a video editor, set the still pix time to about 0.23 sec for each shot as you indicated you wanted to show 150 frames in 35 seconds. 35 / 150 = 0.233333333

Set your project properties to 720p, (720 x 1280 progressive) As you have 2:1 aspect ratio there will be some letter boxing.

Or a better match maybe to use iFrame format: 960 horizontal by 540 vertical pixels assuming you are using iMovie of FCP.

Assuming iMovie, render to .mov and follow these instructions to make it a .swf movie: http://www.ehow.com/how_8245141_export-imovie-swf.html

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    It would also be possible to just upload the video to a video-sharing site e.g. Vimeo or YouTube and then just embed the video in his website.
    – glenneroo
    Apr 19, 2012 at 15:44

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