There’s something captivating about a good cinemagraph. The steam that never stops rising from a cup of coffee, the traffic moving endlessly on the road and the model’s hair caught by the breeze.
To help you create engaging cinemagraphs, we shortlisted the best cinemagraph software. Keep in mind that many of these platforms are also GIF creators. Before we get into our list, let’s discuss cinemagraphs.
What is a Cinemagraph?
A cinemagraph is a video clip where the majority of the frame is stilled (it’s essentially a GIF). Part of the frame is left to play though, usually in a forward and backward boomerang style loop. This gives a cinemagraph the appearance of a photo, but something is always moving. You can see what I mean about it being a video clip if you hover over the cinemagraph below.
It’s pretty awesome and very eye-catching. Cinemagraphs are also a great way to get more eyes on your ads on a platform like Facebook. For example, when Giftagram used a cinemagraph versus a still image, they saw a 190% increase in return on ad spend, which is huge.
As I mentioned, it used to be difficult to make cinemagraphs. Thanks to some good software developers that’s no longer the case. To help you get creative we’ve researched the best cinemagraph software currently available and did a short review of each one. We’ll start with a summary of the best cinemagraph makers and then take a closer look at each of the products.
|Software||Starting From||Best Thing About It||Biggest Problem|
|Graphitii||$47 lifetime||Clean user interface and easy to use.||Nothing.|
|Gifzign||$87 lifetime||Clean user interface and easy to use.||Desktop platform|
|ClipGraph||$67 lifetime||Clean user interface and easy to use.||Medium quality export.|
|Flicktive||$25 a month||HD export quality.||Limited exports.|
|Flixel||$8.33 a month||HD export quality.||Have to pay every month.|
Let’s get going with our review of the best best cinemagraph software.
It has an intuitive user interface and it’s easy to use. You import a video, choose the frame you want to use, and unfreeze part of the image to create the cinemagraph. In addition to this, you can use Gifzign to add text and graphic overlays.
The cinemagraph creation software comes with features like text overlays and filters. It has an integration with
Gifzign is part of the
You can see a lot of thought has gone into the design and functionality of
The text overlay feature is really handy if you need cinemagraph software to create graphics for online advertising and social media campaigns. They also host your graphics and you can share them on social media with just a click of the button.
If you are looking for a platform that offers lifetime access, Graphitii is probably the best tool available at the moment. The cinemagraph software costs $47 for lifetime access with a personal license and $67 for lifetime access with a commercial/ business license.
ClipGraph is a desktop platform for Mac and PC that you can use to create gifs and cinemagraphs. The nice thing about this cinemagraph software is it speeds up the creation process. With a quick export, you spend less time waiting for your completed cinemagraph than you do with cloud-based software. The trade-off is you’ll need to find a suitable site to host your cinemagraph.
In terms of pricing, ClipGraph costs $67 for a personal license. A commercial license for ClipGraph costs an additional $97 ($164 in total). This makes it more expensive cinemagraph software than Graphitii with basically the same functionality and export quality.
Flicktive is a software as a service platform. The cinemagraph software is easy to use but has a cartoon-like user interface. You can add text overlays to the cinemagraphs and export the finished graphic in HD format. The overlay graphics aren’t high quality, which is an issue if you want to create gifs for your marketing campaigns.
For $25 a month, you can only create 20 cinemagraphs. This rises to 50, 100, and unlimited depending on your pricing plan. The tiered pricing plans give you progressively more access to a library of stock video, fonts, ready-made templates, and agency style features.
Flicktive is one of the most feature-rich cinemagraph software options for marketers, however… Even at the entry price Flicktive is more expensive than Flixel. At the end of the day, there are better cheaper cinemagraph platforms on the market.
Flixel was the first software created specifically to create cinemagraphs. It started off as an offline app for Mac, before transferring online using a Software as a Service payment system. The cinemagraph software is simple to use. You just import your video, select the default frame you want to use for the cinemagraph. Finally, you use your mouse to select where the movement should be.
The quality of the moving images you can create with Fixel is unbeaten by any other cinemagraph software on this list. Flixel also has the most customization options. You can change the saturation, the exposure, brightness, and other aspects of the appearance from the main editing screen. You can also easily crop and change the aspect ratio of your cinemagraph.
At the moment the cinemagraph software costs $100 a year to create cinemagraphs from your phone and $200 a year to create and edit cinemagraphs from your laptop. It’s expensive. You can’t use it to create as a classic cinemagraph maker. Though, if you’re creating cinemagraphs for your client and image quality is the most important factor when it’s worth the investment. You can use coupon code LAUNCHSPACE10 to save 10% on the monthly plan.
I included Photoshop at the end because it is the ‘go-to’ graphics tool for professional designers. Within a few clicks from the main dashboard, you can edit photos, create new images from scratch, and even create cinemagraphs. It’s great for experienced graphic designers, but…
Photoshop is not newbie friendly..
The user interface is crowded with tabs that let you do just about everything. Unfortunately, if you don’t know what you’re doing then having all these choices feel intimidating. So while you can create cinemagraphs using Photoshop, I’d recommend using a standalone cinemagraph software.
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