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I need to open and convert old Autodesk Animator FLIC (.FLI) files (from MS DOS) into something more useful, like say AVI or even an image sequence. I realize both Motion and QuickTime "can" do this, but they mess up the films, probably because of a faulty decoder.

I've already downloaded the UNIX app xnview, but it doesn't work well. While it can handle the format well, it can only store one frame at a time as a standalone picture, which is PAINFUL to do when there are usually several hundred frames in any given animation.

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You would be better asking this on – iskra Dec 5 '11 at 11:19
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Maybe the command line tool ppm2fli which includes unflick?


The program unflick extracts single images or a series of images from a given FLI-animation. The extracted images are stored in separated files. The formats PPM (raw and ascii) and FBM (mapped 8bpp) are available. Additionally unflick can call an external filter program to convert the output in another file format. The file animation contains the input FLI-animation. The output file names are controlled by the parameters base and extension...

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Hm, these progs need to be compiled for my system. Never done that before, but... Downloaded Xcode (4 fricking gigs) to my Mac and tried GCC to no avail. Get funny errors complaining about x86_64 and an 'undefined symbols: "_main"'... Not being a C-programmer, I don't have a clue about this. – Kebman Jan 17 '12 at 1:42
Download the source, move it somewhere handy (~/src/ would be a good choice, ~ being your home folder) unzip it. Launch Terminal (Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal), navigate to that folder (cd src/ppm2fli-2.1/), then make, then sudo cp unflick /usr/local/bin (type your password + enter when prompted), then sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/unflick. Now in Terminal, type unflick, you should see: UNFLICK version 1.1c by Klaus Ehrenfried (C) 1995,2002 The man page for unflick should supply the rest. – steveax Jan 17 '12 at 2:17
COOL! It worked! :D Thanks a lot, dude! – Kebman Feb 24 '12 at 2:32

I don't know what you can do about converting the files.... However, if xnview will export the still frames to a folder, and if the files are sequentially numbered, QuickTime will be able to make a movie out of these images.

Perhaps xnview can be scripted to export all of the still frames.

Will that work for you?

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Yes, that will work, but how do you script xnview? – Kebman Aug 27 '11 at 13:22

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