The best way to get started with Cinemagraph Pro is by signing up for a demo and watching the Introduction to Flixel Cinemagraph Pro for macOS tutorial below. It'll help you gain a better understanding of where the features are located and how to apply them before creating your first cinemagraph!

Trim

Drag the in and out-points of your trim on the timeline to adjust the length of your cinemagraph. As you're doing this, you'll see an overlay of your first or last frame. This will help you match up your first and last frame as best as possible to ensure a seamless transition between repeat loops. Your trim can be up to 10 seconds long though typically only a few seconds are required.

You can move the purple marker anywhere on your timeline to select your still image.

Masking

Use the brush tool to paint a mask on the areas where you want the motion from your video to appear. Use the sliders to adjust the size, hardness, and opacity of your brush for a precise mask. Go to Edit > Mask All if you want to mask the entire frame.

The eraser tool has the same functionalities as the brush tool. Use the eraser tool to unmask your cinemagraph and remove the motion from your cinemagraph. Go to Edit > Unmask All if you want to unmask the entire frame.

Loop

There are two types of loops you can select for your cinemagraph. A bounce loop will play your cinemagraph from the beginning to end and reverse continuously. A repeat loop will play your cinemagraph from the beginning to end and repeat continuously. 

In the Loop section you can use the sliders to adjust the speed, delay, and crossfade for your cinemagraph. Increase the delay if you want to add an element of surprise to your cinemagraph. The crossfade function is only available for repeat loops; it refers to the transition between the end and beginning of your trim.

Still Image

Move the purple marker anywhere on your timeline to select your still image. In the Still Image section you can export and import your still image. To add text or a logo to your cinemagraph you can export your still image, add the text or logo using a photo editing tool such as Photoshop and import it back into the app. You can also import an entirely new still image. 

Adjustments

In the Adjustments section you can adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation, tone curve, and vignette. You can also save your adjustments as a custom preset and apply it to future cinemagraphs. After applying your adjustments, click on the Filters tab located at the top left corner of the app and select New Preset

Crop

In the Crop section you can rotate or flip your cinemagraph and crop to standard ratios. You can drag the white box to change the crop’s position on your frame. You can also drag the corners or edges of the white box to adjust the size of your crop.

Presets

You can instantly preview a variety of presets in the Filters section of the app. Hover over each title to preview the preset and click on one you wish to apply to your cinemagraph. You can make adjustments to existing presets or create custom ones from your adjustments. Click New Preset to save your adjustments as a preset.


All done? Click here to learn more about exporting your cinemagraphs and uploading them to flixel.com!

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