The Internet, and especially social media, has seen an influx of pretty spectacular animated gifs recently, called cinemagraphs. In a cinemagraph, the majority of the image is frozen while a section is animated. Imagine a still skyline with a fluttering flag being the only thing in motion, or an outdoor scene but the only thing that moves are a tree’s leaves. It’s a striking effect, but from a layperson’s perspective with little design experience, it seems almost impossible to capture.
Developer Factyle wanted to make that cinemagraph effect a little bit easier for all of us. Enter Cinemagram, which can record short bursts of video or will use your own videos to create those same cool, awesome, spooky and haunting images. Can it really be that easy? We’ll take a look at Cinemagram to see if creating cinemagraphs is really something anyone can do or if it’s best left to the pros. (more…)
You’re browsing Twitter and you spot A tweet that says “current status” followed by a link. The link turns out to be an animated photo of a cat trying to sit inside a tiny box. You chuckle a bit and wonder, what was that thing? That little animation is most likely an animated GIF. These animated snippets are nothing new necessarily, but they’ve seen some increased traction lately.
Gifture is a new iPhone application that enables you to easily create and share some really cool animated GIFs. Think of an Instagram, but only for GIFs. If you haven’t seen any of these little things you’re in luck; they’re pretty entertaining to view, and now with Gifture, they’re even more fun to create. (more…)