Creating a seamlessly looping cinemagraph can be achieved with thoughtful composition and by using the tools under the Loop tab in Cinemagraph Pro for macOS. There are two types of loops you can select for your cinemagraph: bounce and repeat. Learn how to shoot and create the perfect loop for your cinemagraph in the tutorial below.
A bounce loop will play your cinemagraph from the beginning to end and reverse continuously. Select a bounce loop for cinemagraphs that contain motion traveling back and forth, such as a flag or handshake.
A repeat loop will play your cinemagraph from the beginning to end and repeat continuously. Select a repeat loop for cinemagraphs that contain motion traveling in a single direction, such as a waterfall or train.
The crossfade feature is available for repeat loops. Increasing the crossfade will produce a gradual transition between loops while decreasing the crossfade will produce a more sudden transition between loops.
Longer crossfades are best for motion which does not repeat identically because it'll blend the loop to produce a seamless transition. Shorter crossfades are best for motion which repeats identically.
Note: As you adjust your trim, you will see how your first and last frames line up together. This feature will help you create a cinemagraph that loops seamlessly.