As you may already know, there are two types of loops you can select for your cinemagraph: bounce and repeat. As the names suggest, a bounce loop will bounce the motion in your cinemagraph forward and backward while a repeat loop will repeat the motion from beginning to end. 

Repeat loops are best suited for cinemagraphs that contain motion travelling in a single direction. Types of motion travelling in a single direction include flowing water, transportation, smoke, and so on.

Repeat loops can often be more difficult to perfect than bounce loops because motion doesn't always repeat identically. Learn how to create the perfect repeat loop by carefully adjusting the trim on your timeline and applying crossfade below. 

The first step of creating a perfect repeat loop is to select a trim up to 10 seconds in length. As you adjust your trim, you'll see an overlay of the first and last frame on your cinemagraph. This feature will help you match the first and last frame to ensure there is a seamless transition between loops. Your ideal trim selection will show the first and last frames of your cinemagraph as closely aligned as possible. Spend a few moments dragging your trimmer handles left and right on the timeline to find the best match.

Next, you can adjust the crossfade to define the transition between the end and beginning of your trim. 

Increasing the crossfade will produce a gradual transition between loops. A longer crossfade is best suited for motion which does not repeat identically; it will blend the end and beginning of your trim to create a smoother transition between loops. Below are a few examples of motion which does not repeat identically:

  • Pouring a liquid into a glass
  • Waves rolling in at the beach
  • Steam coming from a hot cup of coffee

Decreasing the crossfade will produce a more sudden transition between loops. A shorter crossfade is best suited for motion which repeats identically. Motion which repeats identically is often rotating on an axis or occurs at timed intervals. Below are a few examples of motion which usually repeats identically:

  • A windmill rotating on a windy day
  • Rotating wheels on a vehicle, bicycle, or skateboard
  • Flashing street lights

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