ANI (file format)

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This article is about the file format. For other uses, see Ani (disambiguation).
ANI
Filename extension .ani
Developed by Microsoft
Type of format animated raster image format for mouse cursors

The ANI file format is a graphics file format used for animated mouse cursors on the Microsoft Windows operating system.

The format is based on the Microsoft RIFF file format, which is used as a container for storing the individual frames (which are standard Windows icons) of the animation.

File structure[edit]

Animated cursors contain the following information: (in order of position in the file)

  • Name (optional)
  • Artist information (optional)
  • Default frame rate
  • Sequence information
  • Cursor hotspot
  • Individual frame(s)., in ICO format
  • Individual frame rates (optional)

Frame rates are measured in jiffies, with one jiffy equal to 1/60 of a second, or 16.666 ms.

Sequencing[edit]

Sequence information present in the file determines the sequence of frames, and allows frames to be played more than once, or in a different order than that in which they appear in the file. For example, if the animation contains three different images numbered 1, 2 and 3, and the sequence is 1-2-3-2-1, (five frames) then only three icons need to be stored in the file, thereby saving storage space.

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