The best way to get started with Cinemagraph Pro for macOS is by signing up for a demo and watching the Getting Started, Intermediate, and Advanced tutorials online or in-app. Our tutorials will help you gain a better understanding of where the features are located and how to apply them before creating your first cinemagraph. 

Below is a step-by-step guide on creating cinemagraphs in Cinemagraph Pro for macOS for beginners. Once you're comfortable with the steps outlined in this article check out the Next Up articles to dive a little deeper!

1.   Record a video for your cinemagraph on a tripod. Check out Tips for Recording Cinemagraph Footage on a DSLR and iOS to learn how to compose and record your cinemagraph. 

2.   Import a video (recommended) or image sequence on the welcome window or by selecting New under the File menu

3.   Drag the trim handles on the timeline to define the length and motion of your cinemagraph. As you do this, you'll see an overlay of your first or last frame. This will help you match up your first and last frame to ensure a seamless transition between repeat loops. 

4.   Drag the still image selector (purple marker) anywhere on the timeline to define which areas of your cinemagraph are still.

5.   Paint a mask using the brush tool to determine which areas of your cinemagraph are in motion. Use the eraser tool to erase the mask, removing motion from your cinemagraph. Change the size, hardness, and opacity of your brush and eraser to precisely mask your cinemagraph. 

Next Up: Advanced Masking in Cinemagraph Pro for macOS

6.   Bounce or repeat your loop. A bounce loop will play your cinemagraph from the beginning to end and reverse continuously; a repeat loop will play your cinemagraph from the beginning to end and repeat continuously. 

Next Up: Creating a Perfect Loop in Cinemagraph Pro for macOS

7.   Adjust the speed, delay, and crossfade of your cinemagraph

8.   You can export and import your still image if you want to add text or a logo or do some fine-tune touchups. If you're new to Cinemagraph Pro, I recommend skipping this step for now. 

Next Up: Adding Text & Logos to your Cinemagraphs   |   Still Image Adjustments
Capturing Still & Motion Separately in Cinemagraph Pro for macOS

9.   Adjust the color, light, tone curve, and vignette of your cinemagraph or browse through a library of presets

10.   You can rotate your cinemagraph or flip it vertically or horizontally. Crop and straighten your cinemagraph to standard ratios or use the keyboard shortcut Option (⌥) and drag to crop to any size. 

11.   Export and upload your cinemagraph

Next Up: Sharing Cinemagraphs on social media, websites, and more

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