The best way to get started with Cinemagraph Pro for iOS is by watching the Getting Started, Intermediate, and Advanced tutorials online or in-app. Our tutorials will help you gain a better understanding of where the features are located and how to apply them before creating your first cinemagraph. 

Below is a step-by-step guide on creating cinemagraphs in Cinemagraph Pro for iOS for beginners. Once you're comfortable with the steps outlined in this article, check out the Next Up articles to dive a little deeper!


1.   Record a video for your cinemagraph on a tripod. Check out Tips for Recording Cinemagraph Footage on iOS to learn how to compose and record your cinemagraph. 

2.   Record a video in-app or import one from your Photo Library, Creative Cloud, or iCloud under the Documents tab

3.   Drag the trim handles on the timeline to define the length and motion of your cinemagraph under the Timeline tab. As you do this, 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. 

4.   Drag the still image selector (white marker) anywhere on the timeline to define which areas of your cinemagraph are still. 

Note: Tap anywhere on the screen to exit views and return to the Timeline, Brush, Adjustments, and Presets tabs.

5.   Paint a mask with your finger or Apple Pencil using the brush tool to determine which areas of your cinemagraph are in motion. Use the eraser tool to erase the mask, removing motion from your cinemagraph. Change the size, hardness, and opacity of your brush and eraser under the Brush tab.

Next Up: Advanced Masking in Cinemagraph Pro for iOS

6.   Bounce or repeat your loop under the Timeline tab. 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. 

Next Up: Creating a Perfect Loop in Cinemagraph Pro for iOS

7.   Adjust the speed, delay, and crossfade of your cinemagraph under the Timeline tab

8.   You can edit, export and import your still image if you want to add text or a logo or do some fine-tune touchups under the Timeline tab. If you're new to Cinemagraph Pro, I recommend skipping this step for now. 

9.   You can rotate your cinemagraph or flip it vertically or horizontally under the Adjustments tab. Crop and straighten your cinemagraph to standard ratios or select the lock icon to crop to any size. 

10.  Adjust the color, light, tone curve, and vignette of your cinemagraph under the Adjustments tab or browse through a library of filters under the Presets tab

11.   Select Done to Export and upload your cinemagraph

Next Up: Sharing Cinemagraphs on social media, websites, and more

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