@neauoire @npisanti @Lutrinus @somnius i can't upload this 25kb gif to mastodon because it turns it into an MP4 video which is screwed up looking and larger... i have to link it as an external file to prevent it from being destroyed by mastodon

can you fix that somehow? it's kind of silly. why is it turning a gif into a larger & worse MP4 video file?

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@cancel @neauoire @npisanti @Lutrinus Unfortunately I don't think there's much I can do here. Mastodon converting a GIF into a larger MP4 is something that's out of my hands. I think Mastodon automatically converts GIFs into videos to save space for larger GIFs, but for small image files the opposite happens.

@somnius they can't add like, "if new_file.size > old_file.size then new_file = old_file" ???

@cancel I'm sure they could, but that would have to be added as a PR to the main release of Mastodon if that isn't included already. I'm not super familiar with how media compression works with Mastodon unfortunately!

@somnius why doesn't it already just check to see if it made it worse? it's kind of idiotic. that's like the first thing you'd make sure was implemented in some kind of automatic conversion system.


@cancel @somnius there is a lot of discussion about this in the github and it sort of stalled out long ago because there was so much disagreement. Pleroma and misskey both support regular real gifs

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