Mesmerizing levitation cinemagraphs are surprisingly easy to create in Cinemagraph Pro. If you've ever browsed our galleries, you've probably seen at least one cinemagraph featuring a person or object floating in the air. You can achieve this technique by capturing the still and motion components of your cinemagraph independently. There are two ways you can do this; by capturing your still image and video separately and, as the Flixel team calls it, the "step in and out" technique. 

Capturing Still Image & Video Separately

Record a video without your subject present in order to reveal the motion in your cinemagraph. Then take some photos with your floating subject until you've captured the person or object mid-air. Make sure your tripod remains completely still and that you're using consistent aspect ratios when capturing both components. 

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. Then, import your still image under the still image tab (⌘3).


Step In & Out Technique

Start recording your video with your subject in the desired location. If you want to capture a person in mid-air, ask them to jump. If you want to capture an object, simply toss the object into the air. Have your subject exit the frame and continue recording n order to reveal the motion in your cinemagraph. 

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. Drag the trimmer handles on the timeline to define the content of your cinemagraph. Select a trim that does not contain your subject so your mask doesn't reveal any unwanted motion. Then drag the still image selector (purple marker) anywhere on the timeline to select the frame for your still image. 

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