The FLI/FLC Animation Format
The FLI/FLC animation format, originally developed by
is sometimes more desirable than
the MPEG animation format, particularly for computer-generated animations.
Playing FLI/FLC movies:
Get one of the following players:
If you are running a graphical Web browser and you want to view
these movies "on the fly", you probably will need to tell your
browser to recognize .fli and .flc extensions as MIME type video/fli,
and you will also need to tell the browser to use the appropriate FLI/FLC
player when it encounters type MIME type video/fli.
For example, if you are using an X windows browser, you need to first add
the following line to the file /usr/local/lib/mime.types or $HOME/.mimetypes:
video/flc flc fli
If you are serving FLI/FLC files, you should add the above line
to the mime.types
file in your httpd's conf directory so that the server can identify
FLI/FLC movies to browsers.
Then add the following line to /usr/local/lib/mailcap or $HOME/.mailcap:
# This maps fli video to the viewer 'xanim'.
video/x-fli; xanim %s
Making FLI/FLC movies:
FLI/FLC makers generally take a bunch of image files that each contain a single
movie frame and combine them into a FLI/FLC movie. Since FLI/FLC movies are 8-bit,
there are usually some options for picking the optimal colormap from images that
have more than 8-bits of color information or have separate 8-bit palettes for
The fli animations presented here are all created with PPM2FLI .
This encodes FLC movies taking PPM, PGM, PBM or FBM files as input, and also
includes a FLC decoder to turn FLC movies into individual images. If your
movie frames are in some other image format, like .gif or .pcx, you will also
need the NetPBM image conversion
& manipulation programs .
If you are serving your FLC files up on the web, you might consider
Klaus Ehrenfried's Java applet which can play
Fli/Flc animations within HTML pages without the need of plugins.
Assorted FLI/FLC utilities
The following programs convert FLI/FLC to other movie
forms directly (GraphicConverter), or allow one to split the
FLI/FLC into individual frames and then generate another
movie format (DISPLAY & PPM2FLI).
(formerly Fast Movie Processor) is a simple to use convertor that will
convert frames into .flc or formats like AVI, MPEG and others.
MainActor for Windows 95/98/NT reads, creates and converts
between just about any movie and image format: FLI/FLC, AVI, MPEG & QuickTime. Lots of supported CODECS too!
A Mac program to convert FLI/FLC to QuickTime.
- DISPLAY: A DOS Program to convert FLI/FLC
to individual images.
A PC Windows Program to convert FLI/FLC to an Animated GIF Format to
play directly on a Web page.
Another PC Windows Program to convert FLI/FLC to animated GIF format (also
contains a very simple FLC player).
- UNFLI: A UNIX program to convert FLI/FLC to individual images. Part of the