The best way to get started with Cinemagraph Pro for macOS is by watching tutorials. The tutorials will help you gain a better understanding of where features are located and how to use them before creating your first cinemagraph. 

If you’re new to cinemagraphs, you may feel a bit overwhelmed when you launch the app for the first time. Continue reading to learn how to navigate the app and create cinemagraphs in Cinemagraph Pro for macOS.

Navigating Cinemagraph Pro for macOS

When you launch Cinemagraph Pro for macOS, you’ll be greeted with a welcome window. On the welcome window you can open your recent documents and tutorial documents used in the getting started, intermediate, and advanced tutorials. These tutorials and others can be viewed in-app under the tutorials tab.

Step-by-Step Guide

The cinemagraph creation process will take place in the following views: loop, still image, adjustments, crop, and presets. 

  1. Drag and drop a 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 (Command-N). Remember that your video must be recorded on a tripod or steady surface to create a successful cinemagraph!
  2. Drag the trimmer handles on the timeline to select the content of your cinemagraph. 
  3. Drag the still image selector (purple marker) anywhere on the timeline to select a still image from your source video.
  4. Paint a mask on your cinemagraph to determine which areas of your cinemagraph are in motion. Use the sliders to adjust the size, hardness, and opacity of your brush and eraser.
  5. Bounce or repeat the loop. 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.
  6. Adjust the crossfade, speed, and delay of your cinemagraph. Crossfade, which is available for repeat loops, will determine the type of transition between the end and beginning of your trim. Increase the crossfade to produce a gradual transition between loops and decrease the crossfade to produce a more sudden transition.
  7. If you want to make adjustments to your still image, such as adding text or logos, select Export under the still image tab. Select Import to import the edited still image or a new image.
  8. Go to the adjustments tab to adjust the color, light, tone curve, and vignette. You can also browse through a library of filters under the presets tab or save custom presets.
  9. Go to the crop tab to transform and crop your cinemagraph. 
  10. When you’re done editing your cinemagraph, select Export to save and share your cinemagraph and Upload to upload your cinemagraph to your Flixel gallery.
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