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Cinemagraphs

Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:45 am

Are many of you aware of this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinemagraph

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Seems like it's a fairly simple process of taking video footage, putting it into Photoshop CS5, taking snippets of frames, and looping it into a .gif format. But SO cool!

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http://cinemagraphs.com/ (check out the dogfish stuff!)
http://fromme-toyou.tumblr.com/tagged/cinemagraph

How to do it yourself: http://fernandojbaez.com/cinemagraph-tutorial/
 
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Re: Cinemagraphs

Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:12 am

It certainly feels different enough from the normal looped gif that a different name would be a good idea.
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Re: Cinemagraphs

Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:37 am

What's totally fantastic is that you (well, I, anyway) can't see the loop point. It's continuous, which is totally awesome.
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Re: Cinemagraphs

Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:46 am

derFunkenstein wrote:
What's totally fantastic is that you (well, I, anyway) can't see the loop point. It's continuous, which is totally awesome.


If we had +1 functionality here, you'd get one from me. I agree. People have been making "intentionally looped" animated gifs for a while, but here, the lack of a clear repeat point, and the absolute stillness of the rest of the image (especially when there's a person being still) makes it rather fascinating to look at.
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Re: Cinemagraphs

Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:19 am

thats why these are different - they are well-done loops, but only certain PARTS of the photo are looped, not the entire image. makes it more artistic!
 
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Re: Cinemagraphs

Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:18 am

It seems that the loop usually consists of the image being played forward at normal speed, and halfway through being rewound to the beginning of the footage. Some of the rewinding in the images is sped up if the motion in the photo needs to look spontaneous (giving the effect of a gust of wind in some).
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Re: Cinemagraphs

Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:21 pm

That's a very neat effect, assuming the artist uses it correctly. I notice on the first linked page that some of the creations were flirting with the Uncanny Valley because hair was blowing on one side of a model's head but not the other, or one person was engaged in motions that weren't matched by an assistant in the same image, leading to that subtle feeling that something was very wrong.
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