In the Getting Started with Cinemagraph Pro for macOS and iOS tutorials we reviewed which tools you'll need to create a cinemagraph:

  • Digital camera or mobile device capable of recording HD video
  • Tripod
  • Cinemagraph Pro for macOS or iOS

Rule #1 of creating cinemagraphs is to use a tripod. Without that stability, there'd be a clear separation between the still and motion components of your cinemagraph, as shown here. When thinking about motion, try to come up with something that's fluid and continuous.

Always consider your composition and camera settings before recording footage for cinemagraphs. Learn the best filming tips for creating cinemagraphs using a DSLR in the tutorial below.

Camera Settings

Recording Size | Recording size or resolution refers to the number of pixels displayed on a screen. For best results, record footage in full HD (1080p) or 4K. 

Frame Rate | Frame rate (fps) is the frequency at which consecutive frames are displayed in a video per second. You can record footage for your cinemagraph at 24, 30, 60, 120, and 240 fps. As a general rule, a frame rate of 24 or 30 fps is recommended to achieve a standard, cinematic look. If you want to decrease the speed to create a slow motion cinemagraph, record at 60 fps or higher. 

Shutter Speed | Shutter speed in the amount of time your camera's shutter is open when shooting a photograph or video. As a general rule, your shutter speed to be approximately double your frame rate. For example, if you're recording footage for your cinemagraph at 30 fps, your shutter speed should be 1/60.

White Balance | The color temperature of your video will depend on the type of lighting your camera captures. For example, Tungsten lighting, also known as incandescent lighting, will add a yellowish cast to your video while fluorescent lighting will add a bluish cast. White balance helps establish the most accurate color temperature regardless of the environment in which the video is being recorded. 

Auto White Balance will evaluate the environment’s color temperature and automatically apply the appropriate setting. You can select the AWB setting or experiment with the other available modes to find the most accurate color temperature. 

If you are recording outdoors on a sunny day, the colors in your video will appear on the warmer side. Select the daylight setting to apply a slightly cooler color temperature when recording outdoors on a sunny day. 

If you are recording outdoors on a cloudy day, the colors in your video will appear on the cooler side. Select the cloudy setting to apply a slightly warmer color temperature when recording outdoors on a cloudy day. 

Recording in shady environments will generally produce a cooler color temperature. Select the shade setting to apply a warmer color temperature when recording in a shady environment.

If you are recording in an indoor environment under Tungsten lighting, the colors in your video will appear on the warmer side. Select the tungsten setting to apply a cooler color temperature when recording indoors under incandescent lighting. 

If you are recording in an indoor environment under fluorescent lighting, the colors in your video will appear on the cooler side. Select the fluorescent setting to apply a warmer color temperature when recording indoors under fluorescent lighting. 

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