GIF as animated texture?

Hello all,
I’m trying to find a way to use a GIF as an animated texture for geometry. I’ve come across a couple of threads (like this one) that discuss this, but I’m not able to find a conclusive solution. I have found this example which does achieve something like this, but it doesn’t use a GIF, but rather a png that contains all frames of the animation, side by side.

I’m not sure if these discussions are outdated?
Might anyone have thoughts on the most up-to-date way of getting an animated texture on geometry?

thank you,

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Using an animated gif directly as a source is not possible. Try the approach that is described in this thread: Using an animated gif as a displacement map - shaders

An alternative is the mentioned approach with a single (PNG) image that contains all frames of the animation.

More information about this topic here:

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Thank you @Mugen87

That thread contains a couple of possible solutions.
Did you mean to suggest the technique used in this:


Basically yes, but this example uses the gif file also as an displacement map. You might need just a diffuse map.

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Another possibility is to convert the gif to a video and use a VideoTexture.

Gifs have very bad compression ratio and many image hosting sites automatically convert them to video these days. For example this one - if you try to save it you’ll see it’s actually an .mp4 file. So you can convert your gif texture by uploading it to one of these sites.

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