7 November 2017

Create Cinemagraphs From Your Phone

I've recently been creating cinemagraphs for the fun of it and a lot of you have been asking me how I do them, so I hope this tutorial will be helpful! You can check out mine here - #cëenemagraph. So, what are cinemagraphs? Cinemagraphs are made up of still photographs that hav repeated minor movement, and you can choose to save it as a video or a gif.

What You'll Need

✧ An iPhone (sorry android users, I'm not familiar) with the apps MaskArt and Splice
✧ A tripod/steady hands
✧ Memory space in your phone
✧ Patience


Let's start with ideation! Anything with movement works, but try to think of something that would look normal when repeated. I suggest starting off with simpler cinemagraphs with simple motions and as soon as you get the hang of it, create more intricate ones! Here are some ideas to get you started:

✧ Pages of a book flipping
✧ Hair/clothing moving in the wind
✧ Pouring liquid
✧ Stirring a drink/slicing a cake
✧ Train/traffic moving
✧ Flames moving


Here comes the tricky part, for me at least. I used to use Photoshop or Flixel to create my cinemagraphs, but Flixel has a subscription fee of USD200 annually. After my subscription ended, I switched over to MaskArt. It's good because you can now create cinemagraphs on the go, and the app is FREE!

✧ Step 3 (optional)

If you only want it in a Gif version then you can skip this step because gifs loop forever. In Splice, add the video and duplicate it several times so it'll last for 6-8 seconds at least. From experience, some videos work better when you reverse the clips e.g. the end of the first clip matches up with the start of the second clip (because the second clip is reversed). However, there are some videos that work with just a cross dissolve transition between clips. When you're done, save it and upload!

I hope you found this post useful! I know it sounds a bit confusing especially in the editing part but play around in the apps and you'll figure it out very quickly. Feel free to tag me (@ardaisy_ ) in any cinemagraphs that you've created, I would love to check out all your work! 


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