Cinemagraphs are probably the latest addition to the world of animations. In essence, a cinemagraph consists of a static image with partial animation.
Since their introduction in early 2011 by Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg, cinemagraphs have taken the design world by storm.
What is cinemagraph & how is it different from pure GIF?
GIF as you know, is a fully animated image whereas cinemagraph is partially animated with rest of the image being static. You can think of them as looped GIF or looped videos. The end result is a spectacular show of still moving pictures. Within a short span of time, they have gained tremendous fan following on social media with fan pages dedicated for beautiful cinemagraphs.
How to use cinemagraph?
Now creating a cinemagraph is an art and you can do it either using After Effects, Photoshop or iOS apps.
After Effects Method:
If you are expert with video editing, then this approach may be used.
- Edit a section of the video to stabilize the background.
- Import the video into Photoshop for editing the layers.
- Export as GIF.
Just follow the detailed steps mentioned here.
This method also involves editing the video but is much easier to follow and is recommended for beginners.
- Capture the video footage you want to be converted. You may use free videos from online libraries but capturing your own video footage is highly recommended to make it unique.
- Import it into Photoshop, it will be visible in Video timeline.
- In order to convert the footage into a cinemagraph, all you have to do is make the start & end frame as one. The video tutorial below walks through the exact steps:
- Export the GIF by clicking “Save for Web”.
Using cinemagraph iOS apps:
This is an alternative for those who don’t want to get involved with expensive Adobe software. There are a number of apps available on iTunes for this purpose. I have jotted couple of them here:
Some Beautiful Cinemagraphs
Photo animated GIF