Cinemagraph Pro is an award-winning cinemagraph creation tool for macOS and iOS. Capture, edit and create professional quality cinemagraphs on-the-go with Cinemagraph Pro for iOS in minutes. In this guide, you will learn:
- How to navigate Cinemagraph Pro for iOS
- How to create and share cinemagraphs
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Navigating Cinemagraph Pro for iOS
Navigation Bar (left to right): Discover, Learn, Capture, Documents, Profile
When you open Cinemagraph Pro for iOS, you can browse 30+ galleries to get inspired along with recently featured cinemagraphs on the Discover screen.
The best way to get started with Cinemagraph Pro is by watching the Getting Started, Intermediate, and Advanced tutorials under the Learn tab. Download the documents used in the tutorials to practice what you learn or browse more support resources. You can also watch tutorials on other Flixel apps, behind-the-scenes footage, and community stories.
If you don’t have existing footage, you can record up to 10 seconds of video for your cinemagraph under the Capture tab. Go to the Documents tab to create a new document, open previous documents, and select documents to delete or duplicate.
Under the Profile tab, you can sign in, view your uploaded cinemagraphs, and update your account.
Whether you use new or repurposed footage, perfectly still video is the key to a successful cinemagraph. Using footage from a tripod will ensure that the motion in the cinemagraph blends seamlessly with the rest of the image. The video should also be composed in a way that separates motion so you can easily isolate a single moving element. Learn more.
1. To create a new document, record a video in-app or import one by tapping the add (+) icon under the Documents tab. You can alsotap on an existing document and select Edit to open the editor.
2. In the editor, drag the trimmer handles on the timeline to select the content of your cinemagraph. Drag the still image selector (white marker) anywhere on the timeline to select a still image from your video. If you do not want to select a still image from your source video, you can import a new one by selecting Import under the still image preview.
Note: If you import a new still image, it should have the same aspect ratio as your video. If you want to import a still image that preserves transparency or requires resizing, it must be added as an overlay.
3. Use your finger or Apple Pencil on supported devices to paint a mask on the still image to reveal motion from your source video. If you make a mistake, select the eraser (purple circle) in the toolbar and continue switching between tools until your mask is just right.
Go to the Brush tab in the navigation bar and use the sliders to adjust the size, hardness, and opacity of the brush and eraser. If your composition doesn’t completely separate moving elements as recommended in the previous tutorial, use these tools to try blending the motion and still photo together. Learn more.
4. Go back to the Timeline tab in the navigation bar and select the loop that looks most natural. By default, a repeat loop is selected which will repeat the motion in your cinemagraph from beginning to end. A repeat loop works best for motion that travels in a single direction, while a bounce loop works best for motion that travels back and forth. If you use a repeat loop, you will be able to adjust the crossfade to determine determine the type of transition between the end and beginning of your cinemagraph. Learn more.
5. Adjust the speed, crossfade, or add a delay in the motion of your cinemagraph.
6. Go to the Adjustments tab in the navigation bar to adjust the color, light, tone curve, and vignette. You can also browse through a library of filters under the Presets tab to the right.
7. Tap on the crop icon in the toolbar to crop, straighten, rotate, and flip your cinemagraph. Select Done in Crop Mode to return to the editor. Learn more.
8. Tap on the overlay icon in the toolbar if you want to add images or text on top of your cinemagraph. Select Done in Crop Mode to return to the editor. Learn More.
9. When you are happy with your cinemagraph, tap on the return icon to exit the editor. Tap on the share icon to export your cinemagraph, upload to Flixel, or share the document to continue editing on another iOS device.
Export: Select the file format, size, frame rate, and number of repetitions or simply select a preset to optimize your cinemagraph for one of the listed export destinations. Tap the share icon to share your cinemagraph to connected social networks or select Save to save it to your camera roll.
Upload: Upload your cinemagraph to flixel.com to share on the web using the Flixel embed code. By uploading your cinemagraphs as public, your work may be featured in our galleries and social networks. You can change the privacy and sharing settings for your cinemagraphs anytime.
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