CREATE YOUR OWN ‘MAGIC’ LOOPING PHOTOS
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