Get Appy: Make your videos, photos stand out

Vine and Cinemagram let users get creative with easy animation. Quick videos and animated photos like in Harry Potter's world offer people an interesting glimpse of daily life.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: April 2, 2013
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And Cinemagram, from Factyle Inc., lets people easily create animated photos known as cinemagraphs, where one part of the photo is animated while the rest of it remains still. I learned about this app from Cimarron Middle School Principal Cordell Ehrich, who notes that this is an app that encourages students who are “digital natives” to be creative in a positive way. The app even has a setting that lets the animation play both forward and backward, he said.

Cinemagram “is just fun because it's playful, but it's still something that's challenging,” he said.

While exploring this app, I've seen cinemagraphs that include a shadow moving while people in it are frozen, a cup suspended in midair and a soda being drunk backwards, with no person slurping the straw.

Vine and Cinemagram currently are only available on iOS devices like the iPhone or iPad, but if you have an Android device, take a look at Flixel for cinemagraphs, or “living photos” as Flixel calls them. And Android users can see Vine videos with the Vine Flow app, but they can't yet create them.

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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