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 capable of recording HD video or iOS device
  • Tripod to keep your video perfectly still
  • Flixel Cinemagraph Pro for macOS or iOS

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

Technical Specifications

  • Record footage for your cinemagraph in HD (1080p) or higher
  • For a standard cinematic look, record your footage at 24 or 30 FPS. If you want to create a slow motion cinemagraph, record at 48 FPS or higher. 
  • Set your shutter speed to be approximately double your frame rate. For example, if you're recording footage for your cinemagraph at 24 FPS, your shutter speed should be 1/50 s.

Composition

  • Record footage for your cinemagraph using a tripod. Without that stability, there'd be a clear separation between the still and video elements of your cinemagraph.
  • Frame your video in such a way that you can see a separation between moving subjects. For tips on capturing more complex motion, check out our tutorial on Advanced Masking
  • Record multiple takes to achieve the ideal motion for your cinemagraph
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