Thanks everyone for the feedback so far
-> Rather than converting the video files to gifs, I use Adobe ImageReady to create animated gifs directly from my original images. If you don't have ImageReady, you can create gifs from images using IrfanView (www.irfanview.com
), and create animated gifs using Unfreez (www.whitsoftdev.com/unfreez
), both of which are freeware. IrfanView and Unfreez work really well, but Adobe gives you more flexibility to tinker with compression (at the expense of lossiness in the image).
-> I was able to get the spinning mazda logo down to less than 6K and keep it somewhat reasonable.
-> Thanks! It was a fun project.