Masking is the process you will use to bring your cinemagraphs to life in Cinemagraph Pro. Using the brush tool, you will paint a mask over your image to reveal motion from your source video.
If this seems confusing, try to think of a cinemagraph as a still photo on top of a video; masking is like poking holes in that still photo to reveal the video underneath. To ensure your still video and video blend seamlessly together, you must use perfectly still footage and compose your shot carefully.
When recording footage for cinemagraphs, compose your shot like a photo with a repeated movement. Whether you use new or repurposed footage, perfectly still video is the key to a successful cinemagraph. In addition, the video should be composed in a way that separates motion so you can easily isolate a single moving element. If your composition doesn’t completely separate moving elements, you can use the hardness and opacity tools to try blending the motion and still photo together try and avoid areas that will be trickier to mask if you can.
For best results, use a tripod when capturing footage for long exposures (Blendeo for iOS) and images for time lapses (Persecond for macOS) as well. Both mediums should capture motion over a longer period of time.
Always consider your composition and camera settings before recording footage. On iOS, you can capture up to 10 seconds of footage for your cinemagraphs in-app. Read more about the available camera settings if you don't already know how to use them.
Recording Size: Recording size or resolution refers to the number of pixels displayed on a screen. For best results, record footage in 4K. Go to Settings > Camera > Record video to change your default settings.
Frame Rate: Frame rate 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 more.
White Balance: The color temperature of your video will depend on the type of lighting your camera captures. For example, Tungsten (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.
Aspect Ratio: You can record footage for your cinemagraph using a 16:9, 4:3, or 1:1 aspect ratio. Alternatively, you can crop your cinemagraphs in-app.
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