In the Getting Started with Cinemagraph Pro for iOS and macOS tutorials we reviewed which tools you'll need to create a cinemagraph:

  • Mobile device or digital camera capable of recording HD video
  • Tripod
  • Flixel Cinemagraph Pro for iOS or macOS

Rule #1 of creating cinemagraphs is to use a tripod. Without that stability, there'd be a clear separation between the still and motion components of your cinemagraph, as shown here. When thinking about motion, try to come up with something that's fluid and continuous.

Always consider your composition and camera settings before recording footage for cinemagraphs. Learn the best filming tips for creating cinemagraphs on iOS in the tutorial below.

Camera Settings

Recording Size | Recording size or resolution refers to the number of pixels displayed on a screen. For best results, record footage in full HD (1080p) or 4K. 

Use the in-app camera features to optimize the camera settings for your subject and recording environment.

Grid | The camera grid will divide your composition into 9 equal parts by 2 equally spaced vertical and horizontal lines. The grid will help you create a balanced composition which adheres to “the rule of thirds” guideline. The rule of thirds guideline suggests that aligning important elements with the grid’s lines and intersections will produce a more compelling composition than centering the subject.

Frame Rate | Frame rate (fps) is the frequency at which consecutive frames are displayed in a video per second. You can record footage for your cinemagraph at 24, 30, 60, 120, and 240 fps. As a general rule, a frame rate of 24 or 30 fps is recommended to achieve a standard, cinematic look. If you want to decrease the speed to create a slow motion cinemagraph, record at 60 fps or higher. 

White Balance | The color temperature of your video will depend on the type of lighting your camera captures. For example, Tungsten lighting, also known as incandescent lighting, will add a yellowish cast to your video while fluorescent lighting will add a bluish cast. White balance helps establish the most accurate color temperature regardless of the environment in which the video is being recorded. 

Auto White Balance will evaluate the environment’s color temperature and automatically apply the appropriate setting. You can select the AWB setting or experiment with the other available modes to find the most accurate color temperature. 

If you are recording outdoors on a sunny day, the colors in your video will appear on the warmer side. Select the daylight setting to apply a slightly cooler color temperature when recording outdoors on a sunny day. 

If you are recording outdoors on a cloudy day, the colors in your video will appear on the cooler side. Select the cloudy setting to apply a slightly warmer color temperature when recording outdoors on a cloudy day. 

Recording in shady environments will generally produce a cooler color temperature. Select the shade setting to apply a warmer color temperature when recording in a shady environment.

If you are recording in an indoor environment under Tungsten lighting, the colors in your video will appear on the warmer side. Select the tungsten setting to apply a cooler color temperature when recording indoors under incandescent lighting. 

If you are recording in an indoor environment under fluorescent lighting, the colors in your video will appear on the cooler side. Select the fluorescent setting to apply a warmer color temperature when recording indoors under fluorescent lighting. 

Aspect Ratio | You can record footage for your cinemagraph using a 16:9, 4:3, or 1:1 aspect ratio. Alternatively, you can crop your cinemagraph to standard aspect ratios in-app.

Rotate | Select the rotate icon to switch the position of your camera’s viewfinder to either the front-facing or rear camera.

Stabilization Indicator | You can refer to the stabilization indicator while recording to ensure your camera remains completely still while recording in-app.

Timer | Select the timer icon to add a 3 or 10-second countdown before your video starts recording.

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