Tuesday, February 17, 2015

REVIEW: Flixel Cinemagraph Pro (Discount)–Motion Photos


Flixel Cinemagraph Pro makes making cinemagraphs easy!
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If you are like me, you’ve probably been very intrigued by the cool cinemagraphs found on the web (especially on the bing.com home page), but many people like me also haven’t had the time to figure out how to do them! Most things in photography are time consuming enough, and video makes it even worse. As a result, I had little desire to find another way to consume my time.

Well I’m happy to report that after a little research I found out that it is not only easy it’s fun too! Here’s the main window of Flixel’s Cinemagraph Pro product:


Flixel Cinemagraph Pro Main Window

Basically you import a video, highlight what you want to move and pick start and end points. That’s in – in no time you can have one of these running and they’ll even host the cinemegraph on their web site – for free (size limitations and content restrictions apply).

It took me a bit to get the hang of it, but within a few minutes I had my first cinemgraph of my daughter below:


Yes, we think it is creepy too!

Not only did we think this was creepy, I quickly learned how you must keep things very still or else you get the shifty eyes problem featured here.

What was about this one is that I could export the still image portion and do a quick edit on it in Photoshop then send it back to Cinemagraph Pro. This allowed me to get rid of some unwanted skin blemishes caused by the fact that neither my daughter or I had planned to do this so no real life skin preparations were made!

Without any prep, I tried again:


Ok, cool but crooked as hell so let’s try again

As a second attempt the concept was good but the execution was bad, so I tried again:


Almost awesome

The ottoman was a little more stable this time as a tripod, but still not perfect. I also started noticing that my background was a bit dirty so I figured I needed another try where I actually prepared for a video (imagine that)!

My final attempt (the lead cinemagraph with cognac at the top of this article) included some preparations, but was done in one take. From start to finish I spent about 20 minutes, 16 minutes of which was preparation time getting “the set” ready.

Video Demo

Conclusion

This is a fun and simple process that can be done on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad quickly and easily. While I’m disappointed that no Windows version exists, there is a product called Microsoft Blink (see below) that does cinemagraphs for free!

Capture Clients

To learn more, visit https://flixel.com/products/mac/cinemagraph-pro.

Where to order (SPECIAL OFFER)

Click here to save 10% off your order. If you do this properly, then you should see the discount automatically applied as shown below:

Prices are subject to change and this offer ends soon

This is a limited time offer and prices are subject to change. When this deal expires, please use THIS LINK instead so that I may get credit for the referral – thanks!

App Store

This product is also available on the AppStore:


iPhone


iPad


Cinemagraph Pro+ for OS X
WARNING: No discount, use this link to get a discount


Cinemagraph+ for OS X

Windows Users

Gallery
Image created with Microsoft Blink

This product is only for Apple operating systems, but Windows users will be happy to know that a similar product called Microsoft Blink exists for free! Click here to learn more.

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2 comments:

@BarbaraJones said...

When I click on the link it brings me to a page that shows the cost at $299 then $239 with 10% discount but why it is not linking to the $199 version like you show in your post? I'm confused.

Ron Martinsen said...

Hi Barbara,

They had a price increase since this article was first written (and the time I took the screen shot). They did an introductory price when it was first released but that has since expired.

The discount still applies though - just on the current sales price.