To start creating a cinemagraph in Cinemagraph Pro, you import a video recorded on a tripod and select a frame for your still image. Instead of selecting a frame from your video, you can import an image to bring one of your existing photos to life.
In the tutorial below, we used the same stock video of waves to create two very different cinemagraphs. You'll notice that most of the videos used to achieve this technique feature consistent motion occurring throughout the entire frame. If you aren't sure which type of video to use for this technique, trying finding one that contains water, trees, flowers, lighting effects, clouds, smoke, or a timelapse.
- Drag and drop your video into the welcome window or select Browse to create a new document. A new document may also be created under the File menu or using the keyboard shortcut ⌘N.
- Import your photo under the still image tab (⌘3). For best results, ensure that your still photo has the same aspect ratio as your video.
- Use the brush to paint a mask where you want the motion from your video to appear. Use the sliders to adjust the size, hardness, and opacity settings of the brush and eraser. The opacity tool will adjust the transparency of the brush and eraser; a lower opacity is recommended for double exposure cinemagraphs.
- Continue editing your cinemagraph