I’ve been wanting to make my own cinemagraphs ever since I saw Photojojo’s excellent tutorial, but messing around with Photoshop turned out to be a bit trickier than I had hoped. Luckily the new Kinotopic app for iOS makes this whole process a breeze! A cinemagraph is an animated gif that looks like a static image, but with a few parts of the image actually moving. It’s like a cross between photography and videography. Creating these surreal images with Kinotopic is actually pretty easy. You start with a short video, then select the parts of that video that you would like to animate. Kinotopic will then create an animated gif where everything stays totally still except for the highlighted sections.
The app still has a few bugs to work out, I had some difficulty using their social sharing features, but for anyone interested in experimental apps, I think it’s totally worth $1.99! We’d love to see what you guys make with it. Post your cinemagraphs in the comments section below or tweet them at @postagram.