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Convert gif image to png on the fly

I have an image file -- a gif file, which is the graph of a function. How do I add it to a LaTeX file? Will it come out OK in the subsequent pdf file?

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Use movie15 package. For example:

% in preamble
% in documenet

PDFLaTeX is needed, and you must use Adobe Reader with certain media player plug-in. Thus it often fails.

Another method is to use animate package. You have to convert the animated gif to separate images first, using ImageMagick:

convert foo.gif foo.png

You may probably get foo-0.png, foo-1.png, ..., foo-18.png.

Then include the graphics:


This would sometimes make bad result, if the GIF is optimized. See manual of animate for more options.

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Interesting, but the OP didn't request animation ... :-) –  Hendrik Vogt Feb 6 '11 at 8:50
Indeed. I noticed @TeX asked for animated GIF, so I appended this answer. –  Leo Liu Feb 6 '11 at 9:40
I tried with different (animated) gif and none shows up in the PDF (Acrobat viewer), can any one point to a sample gif that works with movie15? –  alfC Jan 10 '12 at 19:18
The original question doesn't mention animated gifs. The workflow for including animated gifs as opposed to plain gifs is so significantly different that I think this answer isn't helpful to the question. –  Matthew Leingang Feb 5 '13 at 20:14
Worked for me. Thanks! –  Chris Mueller Jul 17 at 19:26

needs pdflatex -shell-escape ... and an installed program convert which is available for all plarforms


\epstopdfDeclareGraphicsRule{.gif}{png}{.png}{convert gif:#1 png:\OutputFile}



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Unfortunately, animation in the original gif will no longer work after conversion. –  xport Dec 23 '10 at 7:51
would be cool if we can have animation in a printed version .... :-) –  Herbert Dec 23 '10 at 8:04
Electronic paper will come for sure someday! ;-) –  Martin Scharrer Feb 6 '11 at 10:56

You want to \usepackage{graphicx}, then \includegraphics{your.gif}. pdflatex doesn't like gifs so much, so it would be better to convert it (or resave from the application that created it) to PNG.

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When I did what you suggest, I got this output: LaTex Error: cannot determine size of graphic in s2img482.png (no BoundingBox). What should I do? Thanks. –  TCL Dec 23 '10 at 4:29
@TCL: What output? –  TH. Dec 23 '10 at 4:30
@Mathew. Ok, I got it. Thanks. –  TCL Dec 23 '10 at 5:26

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