Paul - very nice sequence. It's true that animations take up a lot of file space. Some formats allow a lot of compression, like Quicktime, but the most compressive are also the most lossy.
I usually go for the gif, although the pixelated dithering isn't always attractive. I took your file and reduced it to 64 colors and from 360 to 300 pixels wide. This bought back about half the file size. One thing to consider, the smaller the gif, the smoother the animation.
This sequence is very nice though. Consider if you want to give up any quality in the name of ease of downloading.
Paul, there's another way to get the file size down in a gif, and that's to turn off dithering. Choose some color set other than Restricted (Web) and it will shrink by half or more. This method is very dependant on the image though.
Thank you for taking your time to explain this. The part I wasn't sure about was if you stayed up all night to take pictures one at a time. I am still learning about the X and I didn't get as far with the interval timing. To be very honest and dumb, I didn't know that the X could do this. So happy I found one more thing out about this camera. I'm just using it for shooting pictures and nothing fancy.
I'm pleased you posted this because you wouldn't never know what a great response you got.
Again, thank you and if you happen to know the timing of a rose opening up fully, please let me know. I would like to give this a try.