Microsoft Releases a Program for Making Cinemagraphs, or “Cliplets”

Cinemagraphs, or still images that have a dash of movement, have become very popular as of late. So popular, in fact, that Microsoft Research is jumping onto the bandwagon. The company has released a new tool for creating cinemagraphs, which they call “cliplets”:

A still photograph is a limited format for capturing moments that span an interval of time. Video is the traditional method for recording durations of time, but the subjective “moment” that one desires to capture is often lost in the chaos of shaky camerawork, irrelevant background clutter, and noise that dominates most casually recorded video clips. This work provides a creative lens used to focus on important aspects of a moment by performing spatiotemporal compositing and editing on video-clip input. This is an interactive app that uses semi-automated methods to give users the power to create “cliplets”—a type of imagery that sits between stills and video from handheld videos.

Their free new Cliplets app lets you easily turn a 10-second video clip into a Harry Potter-esque cinemagraph.

Here’s a quick video introducing the new program:

Cliplets is available as a free download for Windows 7.

Cliplets: Juxtaposing Still and Dynamic Imagery (via Mashable)

  • Hburger

    So kind of like Flixel:) Have you covered Flixel?

  • Michael Zhang

    Nope, will check it out, thanks

  • John Milleker

    Happy Potter? Does he ironically play quidditch to buy back his grandmothers’ house?

  • Hburger

    Cool! It’s a very social iPhone app. I love it. :)

  • Albin

    Neato, too bad I don’t like the effect.

  • Kbledsoephoto

    Neat. Too bad it’s only for windows. Not Mac. Which I get, seeing that it’s Microsoft. But still .

  • Dave

     Your post made me curios so I looked op Flixel. It’s a video game app. You do realize this is a photography blog, right?

  • Michael Zhang

    It’s this iOS app i think:

  • Rob W

    Also if you’re interested in another iphone only app check out cinemagram 

  • Dave

    Neato, your opinion matters why?

  • Dave

     Ahh. Thank you Michael. My mistake Hburger.

  • Bill Roberts

    So… it’s like a gif?

  • Daniel Farjoun

    Here are some cinemagraphs made “by hand”:

    I’ll check this app out! 

  • Cochese

    That is awesome! I’ve been looking for a good PC program to help me do this, because using photoshop to do it is annoying.

  • Alanb

    Windows 7 only? Really? 

  • Benicio Murray

     Yes really. This is 2012 after all.

  • Andrew Bowness

    It took me a while to get it, but when I did, I was impressed.

  • Frank Rich

    This type of imagery can be produced through an automated video conversion software that lets you upload your own video and get back an animated GIF in minutes – sensitivity settings for speed, quality and motion let you manipulate the end result to generate Cinemagraph-like results…although no one has achieved the level of artistry that Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg produce with stunning regularity ( – go to and check it out for yourself.

  • drgeorge

    I did Flixel a while ago and it was ok. has a good option where you can set different levels of sensitivity to what you want to show moving.  Might want to give that a ‘test run’ for the fun of it.

  • AMIRA Massage

    I’m interested to try out Flixel. Cinemagraphs are tricky to make in Photoshop, I know because I made a bunch for my website, and they took ages!

  • Adi Khavous

    windows 7 only?! sad!

  • John Stock

    Wont work on Windows 8 either, even with troubleshooter