New “De-Animation” Technique Makes Creating Cinemagraphs a Snap

Creating cinemagraphs — still photos in which one or another section is moves repetitively — can be a pretty tricky process, but a new technique developed by Adobe researcher Aseem Agarwala and his UC Berkley colleagues may make it quite a bit easier. Their technique involves “de-animating” a video by “drawing” two sets of “strokes” over the video: one set over the parts you want to move and another over the parts you’d like standing still.

Of course there are tutorials and even Microsoft’s Cliplets app if you’re really interested in making some cinemagraphs right away, but this new technique and the control it offers may just turn into a sought after feature in the next iteration of Photoshop or a future mobile app. Check out the project’s website for all of the detail-y details.

(via Adobe)

  • Lauren Bernal

    I’ve been using this technique since I found out about cinemagraphs about half a year ago and I’m only a teenager! This isn’t new…
    I just use a layer mask for the part I don’t want to move.

  • ᄋᄂ

    How is this any different from existing cinemagraph apps? The masking isn’t the difficult bit, the tricky bit is getting it to loop well.

  • Michael Zhang

    It does more than simple masking… Just look at the example of a woman swirling a glass of water :) 

  • stanimir stoyanov

    Am I the only one who doesn’t find “cinemagraphs” appealing? I thought the only good execution of this idea was in the NOWNESS pictorial with Eniko Mihalik, and those weren’t *that* kind of cinemagraphs.  See

  • Jcjc

    ok you re teen, ok it’s not new, and then ? It works well and gives cool pics, so just enjoy !

  • Justin Manteuffel

    I could see lots of applications for cinemagraphs in advertising and web design. Nice to see a tool that simplifies the process. I think they’re presenting the technical papers for this at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles this year.

  • Flgraphics

    cinemagraphs are interesting when done well. Some of those examples simply look like normal video to me, which is not the point of a cinemagraph

  • Knur

    Cinemagraphs are so 2011. Lame! Next

  • John

    They’re kind of cool but I can see them getting old really quickly.  They’re a little gimmicky…

  • InteractiveBread

    Interesting stuff. I think if people implement these things the right way, they’re preferable to photos. I just found this app that lets you make these cinemagraphs easily, if anyone’s interested:

  • Matt

    I use the Flixel app- ive tried the others and out of them all i think Flixels the best one