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Convert Video to GIF Cinemagraph (Without Photoshop)

teacher avatar Jason Tremere, Chief Content Officer

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4 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Install the Free Windows Software

    • 3. Create Your First Cinemagraph

    • 4. Explore and Get Inspired

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About This Class

Cinemagraphs are mesmerizing Animated GIF photographs (or Digital Video clip loops) in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. 

Big brands are cashing in on this trend on Social Media to grab attention.  Sure you could use it for that, but you could also use it to amuse your friends and followers.  In the Class Project, I recommend uploading to GIFY and from there you can share to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and Reddit.

I`m going to show you a FAST & EASY way to create your own Animated GIF Cinemagraphs, from your own videos.

If you are using Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 - the app is small and totally FREE.

Just click Enroll!

Can’t wait to see what you cook up :)

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Jason Tremere

Chief Content Officer


Hi, I'm Jason (friends call me J), a computer geek from the east coast of Canada. I was a computer geek before it was cool... like I'm talking 30 years ago... in the 80s which IMHO is the most hilarious music decade.

I'm the Chief Content Officer at where I play with various technologies, research stuff and create fun things. I gave myself a fancy title since I'm going to be doing a bit more than Blogging, a bit more than Video and a bit more than trying to Write my first book. I'm talking digital media creation and multi-channel publication of content (text, video, audio, animation, etc).

Maybe the buzzword for all of that is Content Marketing. Maybe I should focus and specialize. But it ALL interests me. So if I become the Jack of All Trades and the ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: under Jason premiered the chief content officer, Jason premier dot com. And today I would like to show you how to take a digital video like this and turn it into a neat cinema graph like this, all without the use of photo shop. All you need to be as a Windows user and have a little bit of creativity. So just click the enroll now button and we'll start cooking this up so you on the inside. 2. Install the Free Windows Software: Hello and welcome to the class. Let's Ah, head on over to my website and I'll show you the softer you need to download. Okay, so just go to www dot Jason Termeer terry Amiri dot com slash sina ma graph, and that will redirect you to the proper place He need to go, which is research dot Microsoft dot com. Instead of a cinema graph. They call it a clip lit, but it's basically the same thing. As you can see. They have a still image that has movement still image that has movement and, ah, hips and tutorials on how to use the app. They even have a research paper on how they came up with the APP. That's really easy to use up. So let's download it, and I have to decide whether or not 32 bit or 64 bit is needed for your machine, and they have a handy help window to help you decide. For some reason, they talk about Windows XP. But as we'll see later, you need 78 or 10 which they don't talk about. Hey, I'm on Windows 10 so I'm going to right click to start button and shoes system from the menu and then in the system menu on Looking for System Type and my system type 64 bit. So I need to download the 64 bit up. It's close out of there. It's download for 64 bit windows, so now they hop you over to Microsoft dot com. And, uh, it's like they just updated it in May 2006. X Q doubles Tiny, tiny three megabytes Photo shop would be overwhelming gigabyte for you techies out there, and I just give you a little description about what a cinema graph is on. We're going to download the 64 bit version go they're going. And if that so I'm gonna install that your security warning. Just let's play along Microsoft and stalling on Microsoft. What can go wrong? I already had this installed on my machine, so I'm just gonna agreed to the Microsoft Research Agreement, and I just go with the default folders. Then confirmed another security warning from Microsoft of the say looking around, it's cook. Yes, and let's launch the APP. What is this? Now Please use Windows update to check for any critical updates to dot net Well, my Windows update is good, so let's close the launch. Little check for updates there. And now you just drop a video or project file and get started. 3. Create Your First Cinemagraph: All right, So to get started, please click the open button and you'll have different files you can upload can upload I You can use previously safety projects, and it looks like you can open a B I files and peak and pick four files to be M V files. Uh, mine happens to be a and before files, we'll just go ahead and open it up. And it just warns you that the clip clip can only do 10 seconds, so it just wants you to select a portion of the video. Second, use this handy slider to picked a portion of the video you want to use. I wanted to it somewhere in the middle. You can use this preview button. He on the back deck, cooking up smores. I can't really see. But there's chocolate covered cookies here with no chocolate on the top. I think that'll work. So it's just load that video. Not does a bunch of processing on it not exactly quite sure what it's doing. Um, I did try to use a surfing video, and because it wasn't shot with a tripod, it seemed like it had to do a lot of adjusting to keep all of the, uh, images in the frames, the proper sequence. So for this video, I sat the camera right on the fire ledge. So I recommend any video source he used. That should be from a stable staple camera situation. And even then, it it seems like it's doing a lot of processing on it. And the other thing is, he should have very delineated parts for the movement, because makes it tricky when you go in a mascot, the area you want to, uh, to restrict the movement to. So to start with, I'm just going to show a very simple example of a subtle cinema craft. This should be done loading. See, it's, um, this maligning, and then it does more pain. And this was a 10 80 p. Videos are, so I'm not sure if that's what's slowing it down. This is this laptop has foresee BYU's shouldn't be a problem. All right, so preview. So the basic concept is somewhere in the timeline of your 10 seconds, you pick what you want to be the still layer what you want to be the picture part of the cinema graph. So a lot of this video looks, it's pretty much the same. So just try to get one where the flame is not touching the marshmallow. So let's say that's still now I'm gonna add a new layer and this is the layer or open a loop. The motion for the cinema graph not just pick a really simple area. Just gonna pick this area down here where the reflection is on the side of the fire pit and it should be it. Get it to render that to see it. But it did it. We have still and kept the movement of the fire reflection here, girl, we just created our first cinema graph, and it's one of those nice, subtle ones. So now that we have that and then it automatically does the loop because of this selection . Haven't really played with the other selections, but let's keep it loop and, uh, select export. That clip and I have a bunch options. There's three different options actually can. Export is a Jiff. Shall duty counsel export does that movie file, which is what I did for the intro video and can export It is the Windows Media File, which is also and will be format. Go ahead with Thea Common Jeff. Fuck up. It's more so. What's going? Marshmallow? Jif Exporting it. Marshmallow Jif. Creative it. Ah, this could see it's really small file my source video, uh, 100 Meg. And now my marshmallow. Jif. There's only 2.5 mag that looks like there we go. Now we have to make Jif That looks like a video where the marshmallow never burns. There you go. That's a first cinema graph. 4. Explore and Get Inspired: all right, After you create your first cinema graph, it's a good idea to save your project because later on, you can actually come back and reopen it and do any adjustments that you might want to do. Uh, it can actually just open quick clip project files. And, uh, the one I did in the intro video was with the Flames, so actually saved a a little clip with file project file. I could explode it, and then I can show you how it did the flame intro. It's a good idea. Also, if you want to play around on some of the advanced features in the program. I myself have actually just started out playing around with it. So I've only used the function, haven't gotten into the the other options in the drop down menu, the or even what the play option is. But there is a lot of help online, so this one, instead of doing the subtle reflection, actually picked a more action part of the clip. This is what that looks like and then rendered as a clip clip. I just get the flame motion on the reflection. Stay static marshmallow in the hands stay static, but the the flames move. I think that's pretty cool. It's not quite a subtle as the reflection one, but it's that's pretty neat. So they say, If you need some help, is this hope? But which takes you to Microsoft tutorials? So the 1st 1 is really similar to on actually or something you could do to. You can actually use different masked areas to create multiple ranges of motion. See, they have. They're still, they have a loop, and then they also have a mirror image for that pitch in eso, they talk about the repeating mirror layer, and then he can have an option to play later and a clip. So let's cool stuff. They definitely, uh, and then they show how they peopling over the candles. So it's a really fun app toe to play with. I got to say and, uh, for free tool that's so small and lightweight to install. I mean, you can have a lot of fun with it, and I hope you do. I can't wait to see what kind of projects you come up with in the project area. And speaking of which, I did put a bunch of inspiration in there. There's over 7000 different Jeffs that you can play with in there