The best way to get started with Cinemagraph Pro for macOS is by watching the getting started, intermediate, and advanced tutorials in our Learning Lab or in-app. These tutorials will help you gain a better understanding of where the features are located and how to use them before creating your first cinemagraph. 

Cinemagraphs blend photography and video in one mesmerizing medium. In order to create a successful cinemagraph, you must use perfectly still footage that was recorded on a tripod of steady surface; handheld footage won't do the trick. If your footage is stable and there is a clear separation between what you want to be moving and still, masking your cinemagraphs will be quick and easy. 

Continue reading to learn how to navigate the app and create cinemagraphs in Cinemagraph Pro for iOS, step-by-step.


Navigating Cinemagraph Pro for iOS

The navigation bar in Cinemagraph Pro for iOS will direct you to the following pages: (from left to right) Discover, Tutorials, Record, Documents, and Profile. 

When you open Cinemagraph Pro for iOS, you can browse through more than 30 galleries along with recently featured or uploaded cinemagraphs in your feed. On the tutorials page, you can download the documents used in the getting started, intermediate, and advanced tutorials. These tutorials and others can be viewed in-app so you can follow along and practice what you learn. You can also tap Support to visit resources including our Help Center and forums.

Tap on the record icon to record a video for your cinemagraph in-app. The in-app camera will allow you to change the frame rate, white balance, aspect ratio, and more. If you already have a video you want to use, you can import a video on the documents page or open an existing document to edit, share, or delete it. Lastly, you can go to the profile page to view your uploaded cinemagraphs and manage your account settings.

Step-by-Step Guide

To create a new document, record a video in-app or import one by tapping on the add icon on the documents page. Select Edit to open the editor and start creating your cinemagraph.

Drag the trimmer handles on the timeline to select the content of your cinemagraph. Drag the still image selector (white marker) anywhere on the timeline to select a still image from your video. If you do not want to select a still image from your source video, you can import a new one from the timeline (default) tab in the editor. 

If you import a new still image, it should have the same aspect ratio as your video. If you want to import a still image that preserves transparency or requires resizing, it must be added as an overlay.

Use your finger or Apple Pencil on supported devices to paint a mask on the still image and watch your cinemagraph come to life in real time. If you make a mistake, select the eraser tool (purple circle) and switch between tools until your mask is just right. Use the sliders under the brush tab in the editor to adjust the size, hardness, and opacity of the brush and eraser.

Select the loop that looks most natural under the timeline tab in the editor. By default, a repeat loop is selected which will repeat the motion in your cinemagraph from beginning to end. A repeat loop works best for motion that travels in a single direction, while a bounce loop works best for motion that travels back and forth. 

Adjust the speed, crossfade, or add a delay in the motion of your cinemagraph under the timeline tab in the editor. You can only adjust crossfade for repeat loops, as it will determine the type of transition between the end and beginning of your trim. Increase the crossfade to produce a gradual transition between loops and decrease the crossfade to produce a more sudden transition.

Go to the adjustments tab in the editor to adjust the color, light, tone curve, and vignette. You can also browse through a library of filters under the presets tab in the editor. 

Tap on the crop icon in the toolbar to crop, straighten, rotate, and flip your cinemagraph. Tap Done in crop mode when you are ready to return to the main editor.

Tap on the overlay icon in the toolbar if you want to add images or text on top of your cinemagraph. Tap Done in overlay mode when you are ready to return to the main editor.

When you are done editing your cinemagraph, tap on the return icon to exit the editor. Then tap on the share icon to export your cinemagraph, upload to Flixel, or share the document to continue editing on another device. 

On the export page, you can select the file format, size, frame rate, and number of repetitions or simply select a preset to optimize your cinemagraph for one of the listed export destinations. You can then tap the share icon to share your cinemagraph to a connected social network or select Save to save it to your camera roll. 

On the upload page, you can enter a caption and select a privacy setting for your cinemagraph. Upload your cinemagraph as public for the chance to be featured in our galleries, social networks, and compilations. You can also change the privacy and sharing settings for your cinemagraphs anytime on your flixel.com profile. 

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