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How to let a user know that an image is actually an animated GIF

The fact that it's a GIF is really a technical detail and not relevant (or even comprehensible) for most users. What you need to convey to them is that there is more data available. Technically, it ...
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How to let a user know that an image is actually an animated GIF

Yes your solution is good and will work, but it gets problematic if someday you introduce videos to your site. Also if people see the Play-Button they expect a video (longer then a gif) which usually ...
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How to let a user know that an image is actually an animated GIF

From the non-technical users standpoint, it is a video. The lack of sound does not change that. No need to explain the difference - just say it will play a video when you press the button.
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How to let a user know that an image is actually an animated GIF

I would recommend using a broader term like "animation" instead of "GIF", which might be too technical and unnecessarily specific, especially for your target user base. I think the appearance will ...
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What is the optimal frame rate for an animated GIF (video like experience)?

Unlike video files that usually only support a constant frame rate, there’s an individual delay between frames in the animated image file formats like AGIF, APNG‌¹, MNG or SVG+SMIL‌². This (and often ...
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What is the optimal frame rate for an animated GIF (video like experience)?

Cinema uses 24 frames per second. HD video cameras typically capture at 30 or 60 fps. More frame rates When I used to create web banner adverts we used to use 12 fps to help reduce file size. ...
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How to let a user know that an image is actually an animated GIF

In this specific case, I'd go for a rotate icon with a short yet descriptive text See 3D next to it / as a caption. It specifically "says" what will happen upon playing. No point explaining file ...
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Looking for a GIF editor

I don't know if this is a UX question, but I guess I can try answering it. I just tried GIMP and it seemed to do a good job of dropping the file size. Which is what I'm guessing you are ultimately ...
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How to let a user know that an image is actually an animated GIF

Since no one mentioned it yet, you may also consider having the video autoplay but only on mouse hover, this also eradicates the issue of auto-playing everything all the time ending up overloading ...
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How to let a user know that an image is actually an animated GIF

I would add a small caption inside the image that leads the consumer to know that there is something else going on. Include a small tooltip/text that says, See product in Action! or something along ...
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How to let a user know that an image is actually an animated GIF

Have you considered autoplaying the gifs, rather than waiting for user interaction? People are attracted to moving things so it might increase customer satisfaction (as long as the gifs are relevant ...
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Is video onboarding a good idea?

Generally, users tend to respond better to "just in time" education when getting accustomed to something. App start screens, whether they're onboarding or otherwise, tend to cause drop-offs. ...
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Is video onboarding a good idea?

It could work, however the traditional onboarding technique that acts as an "overlay" on top of the current page should accomplish the same thing. There's nothing like helping users learn the ...
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