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Cinema­graphs are in­ter­est­ing things.

You may not know the name, but it’s likely you’ll have seen them on­line: they’re an­i­mated pho­tos. Not movies, not an­i­mated gifs, but still snaps with a sub­tle an­i­mated el­e­ment, like a wa­ter­fall loop­ing while ev­ery­thing else around it is still. They seem mighty com­plex, but it turns out they’re hugely sim­ple to pro­duce with the help of Loop­sie.

Make your phone as still as you pos­si­bly can, hold the record but­ton, and Loop­sie will grab a short slice of the scene around you. Loop­sie per­forms es­sen­tial sta­bil­i­sa­tion and then, on the screen that fol­lows, you sim­ply paint over the area you want to an­i­mate. The loop should be all-but im­per­cep­ti­ble, blended to­gether at its edges. It’s pos­si­ble, if you like, to do the op­po­site, cre­at­ing an oa­sis of calm within a busy scene, but this does fray the stitched loop.

Im­ages are wa­ter­marked, but a quick in-app pur­chase puts paid to this. With an app this easy, ex­pect a cin­ema­graph ex­plo­sion on In­sta­gram and its ilk very soon.

This stuff looks a lot bet­ter when it’s mov­ing

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