Best iPhone Video Apps for iPhone Photographers: Cinemagram

Create a cross between a photo and a video.

Digital shorts have been around for many years. But microMovie Apps for the iPhone have created a surge in video content created by iPhone photographers and visual artists. A microMovie is a style of visual storytelling or video capture that is based on some app-imposed short time limit.

Have you ever tried to make a cinemagraph, first described for the Adorma Learning Center by Pontus Edenberg? While it's possible in Adobe Photoshop via this technique, the iOS app Cinemagram makes it incredibly easy.



Cinemagram shoots four-second video clips. A frame within the video scene can be paused and elements animated with a simple but effective masking technique to create a hybrid image that is part video and part photo.  Up to three video clips can be combined together to create a short microMovie.


Cinemagram Snapshot:


Cost: Free

Version: 1.23

Why it's cool: Quickly create short videos or hybrid photo animations.

Updated: Feb 12th 2013

appOS:  iOS 5.0 or later

Compatible iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, iPod Touch 4th & 5th Gen, iPad 2, 3rd, 4th Gen, iPad Mini



Getting started:

Step 1  There are four ways to create a Cine video wtih Cinemagram.

  • Film a short video clip. Select the four seconds you want to use.  

  • Shoot a four second stop-motion clip by stoping and starting the camera app.

  • Import a video from the camera roll

  • Select a partner video to animate.

Step 2 Apply one of 16 filters and adjust the films speed controls.

Step 3 Adjust the films speed controls.

Step 4 Animate a small section mask and change the speed and direction

Step 5 Save to Cinemagram, FB, Twitter, Tumblr, or Email


Tips for better Cine microMovies:

  1. Cines work best when the phone is kept stable. Keeping the camera completely still is part of the trick to creating the animation illusion with Hybrid video and photos. Focus on your subject and dont overexpose the video.

  2. Combine multiple cines to tell a micoMovie story. Its a simple process to select and edit the clip in the order you want them to appear. At present only three cine videos can be combines.

  3. Clickable links can now be added to captions or comments. it is a great feature that can drives individual to your blog or website. Cine widgets, which is in beta right now,  should also increase the visibility of miniMovies as embedded content in websites & blogs.


Recommended Cinemagram Accessories

  1. iPhone mini Tripod Mounts: Select a mini tripod and iPhone Mount. When you are shooting your next Cine have the talent or object move and keep the iPhone rock steady for best results.

  2. iPhone Lens: A wide angle or Macro lens can add some creativity to your visuals. Connect the wide angle lens to your iPhone when you need to capture all your friends in the shot. Dont forget to isolate a part of the shot that your going to use at the still section of the animation.

  3. iPhone Batteries: Never run out of juice with a pocket battery backup. Video apps tends to consume more battery power than you would expect. Add a spare battery to your microMovie process to keep your creative juice flowing.


Left: Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand

Middle: Olloclip Quick-Connect Lens Solution (Fisheye Lens, Macro Lens, Wide-angle Lens)

Right: Eton BoostBloc 2000mAh Portable Backup Battery Pack


Need help or just a creative nudge? Check out the Adorama Learning Center for more articles on iPhone Photography & check out the lastest iPhoneography gear on the iPhone Toolshed.


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