What is an animated GIF? I sent this question out to my email list, and many responded. Most people had approximately the following idea:
An animated GIF is a looping picture animation which is not quite long enough to be a video.
While that’s not wrong, it’s not entirely correct either.
Strictly speaking, an animated GIF consists of two or more frames (separate images), played in sequence.
While the vast majority of animated GIFs do repeat indefinitely, a GIF can also play any x number of times and stop. And while GIFs are most commonly used for entertainment or in place of emojis and the like, their use is not limited to that.