MAKE A CINEMAGRAPH WITH YOUR PHONE
Sounds good - but what is it?
Acinemagraph is a still image with a single moving element – halfway between a photo and a video – which gives a standard picture an amazing animated quality. You can make one using your mobile device. Here, we’ve used Maskart on an iphone but if you have an Android device, try Cinegraph ( bit.ly/cine423). The steps are a bit different but the final result should be just as good.
Maskart: bit.ly/mask423 | 10 mins | IOS 8.0+
1Record a short video using your device’s camera. It makes things easier if you can keep your camera steady, either by resting it on something or using a tripod designed for mobile devices. Keep it below five seconds if you can. Open the Maskart app and select your video. 1 You can use other videos that you haven’t shot specifically for the purpose but planning ahead will help you later.
2If the video is longer than five seconds, drag the left or right side of the timeline 1 toward the middle to make it the correct length. If you wish, you can tap, hold and drag the highlighted section 2 to move it forwards and back along the timeline to use a different section of the video.
3Tap the brush icon 1 and you’ll see a purple mask applied to the whole image. 2 With your finger, erase the mask around the section you want to animate, 3 making sure it opens up the area of movement on all the frames you want to use. This can be a bit fiddly but you can lift your finger, see how you’re getting on, then erase a little more. If you go too far, tap the eraser icon 4 to draw the mask back in.
4If you want to use a different frame – or even a different video or photo – as the still image that the moving element appears over, tap the Select Photo button. Choose a frame from the timeline 1 or an image from the Gallery below it. 2 You can also move the image around by tapping the Move button. Start again at any time by tapping Back.
5When you’ve finished tweaking, tap Next. With Maskart, you can choose to create a video, 1 an animated GIF 2 or a Live Photo 3 (the latter only works on Apple devices). Preview your chosen option and tap Next 4 to create it. If you’ve chosen to create a GIF, you’ll get the option to export it.
6You can tweak an animated GIF by uploading it to a tool such as Lunapic ( www.lunapic.com). Crop it to shape from the Edit menu 1 and control the animation by clicking Animation, 2 then Edit Gif Animation. You can choose the speed at which you want the frames to play and whether you’d like the animation to loop. 3