Advice and answers from the Flixel Team

The best way to get started with Cinemagraph Pro is by signing up for a demo and watching our video tutorials. Our demo and tutorials will help you gain a better understanding of where the features are located and how to apply them before creating your first cinemagraph!

  1. Import a video recorded on a tripod. Import a video or image sequence by dragging and dropping it onto the home screen or by going to File > New. 
  2. Trim. Select the in and out-points of your trim on the timeline. Note: As you drag the handles, you'll see an overlay of your first or last frame. This will help you match up your first and last frame to ensure a seamless transition between repeat loops (as described in step #5).
  3. Select your still image. Drag the purple marker anywhere on your timeline to select your still image.
  4. Mask your cinemagraph. Use the brush tool to paint a mask on the areas where you want the motion from your video to appear. Use the eraser to remove the motion. Adjust the size, hardness and opacity to paint a precise mask and blend the still image and video components of your cinemagraph. 
  5. Select your loop: 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. 
  6. Adjust your loop. Adjust the speed, delay and crossfade of your cinemagraph. Note: You can only add a crossfade for repeat loops. 
  7. Export or import your still image. You have the option of exporting and importing your still image to do some fine-tuned edits or add text or a logo using an image editing application. 
  8. Make adjustments and/or apply a preset. Adjust the color, light, tone curve and vignette of your cinemgraph or browse through a library of presets under the filters tab. You can adjust the presets in the Adjustments section or save your adjustments as a custom preset and apply it to future cinemagraphs. 
  9. Crop and transform. Rotate your cinemagraph or flip it vertically or horizontally. Crop and straighten your cinemagraph to standard ratios. 
  10. Export and upload. Export your cinemagraph to share on your social channels and upload it to flixel.com to share on the web. 

Check out Cinemagraph Pro for macOS: Product Features to learn more about the features of Cinemagraph Pro for macOS and how to apply them to your cinemagraphs.

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