Next Steps

AnimatedGIFs is meant to be a basic GIF player.  The sketch is short, and should be easy to understand and modify to make your own custom display.  Here are some ideas of what to do next:

  • Try scrolling text on top of a GIF to make a marquee display or clock with animated background.
    • Run the SmartMatrix FeatureDemo Example Sketch to see what the display is capable of, and get code to copy into your Sketch.
  • Connect up more stuff.
    • There are still pins left over on the expansion header after connecting up the SD card. There are pins free to connect up peripherals via I2C, UART, ADC or GPIO.
  • Make and Share GIFs
    • If you make a cool animation you want to share online, please post it to the SmartMatrix Community forum, where community members have been building up a collection



Craig Lindley - Original author of the AnimatedGIFs sketch, and is the first person to write a GIF decoder running on a Teensy, which months later still impresses me.

Micah Elizabeth Scott - Author of the awesome Fadecandy project, which has beautiful example patterns written for Processing. The "Pattern" demo for this guide came from a Fadecandy example.

Discord Games - The Pixel Art used in the demo is used with permission from Discord Games, Inc., makers of Chasm

Blender Foundation - The animated video used in the demo is (c) copyright 2008, Blender Foundation


Guide written by Louis Beaudoin (  CC-BY-SA

This guide was first published on Oct 16, 2014. It was last updated on Oct 16, 2014. This page (Next Steps) was last updated on Dec 05, 2019.