Cinemagraphs or Artistic GIF’s


Whatever you call them, they’re very cool.

An artsy twist to the animated GIF. These moving pictures were created by NYC Photographer Jamie Beck and motion graphics artist Kevin Burg.  Check out more at her Tumblr blog:   From Me To You

 Cinemagraph tutorials:

 Creating a Cinemagraph in Gimp 2.8

30 thoughts on “Cinemagraphs or Artistic GIF’s

  1. I love these, they’re like a partial 3D! Unfortunately I don’t have CS5 (or CS anything really) as I can’t afford to buy the full programs, but I use Photoshop Elements and can achieve a certain amount of animation in them. You might like this: Tweezle Skating.

    1. Hi Val,
      I cant afford Photoshop either.
      I added a tutorial for making animated GIFs using film footage and GIMP.
      I’m hoping to find a good one for making a more ‘Cinemagraphic’ GIF with GIMP.

      Tweezle Skating was cute :)

        1. Hi Debra,
          I wasnt sure if you were replying to Val about her GIF or the ones in the post, either way I agree…very cool! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. The pic on the bottom keeps scaring me…. its from a horror movie Im sure.

    I like all those featured creatures in your side bar.

    1. Hi MM,
      The guy with the paper, or the link?
      The picture in the bottom link was from The Birds.

      –Cool. I’m glad you liked them!

  3. Goodness-knows-what they are…:)) but ..are splendid indeed…frendly and all fun. I don’t know what to choose….I <3 them all.
    Kisses & Hugs

    PS_..and the shoes.. <3

    1. Hi Niner,
      Thanks for stopping by!
      I like that one too. There are so many ways you can do these.
      I agree, I think that particular one could make more of an impact if it was driving by at a slower interval.
      You’d get the illusion of a static image for a bit then, surprise! A Cab drives by.

  4. I’ve always wondered how to do these! Very cool, I don’t think we’re too far away from the newspapers similar to the ones in Harry Potter (digital, of course). That would be cool.

  5. Fascinating all the innovative work happening in this field. The graphic of the man reading the newspaper reminded me of all the hours i spent riding back and forth on the subway from school when I lived in NYC.

  6. These are so cool! I wish I was savvy enough to create them, but I don’t think I can.
    Congratulations on your Best Blogger Award, Jayme! You are so deserving. :)

    1. Hi Cher,
      I like them a lot too.
      Yes you are savvy! Even if people are not familiar with the software, it’s surprising at all you can do with a good tutorial.
      I’m still keeping my eye out for one in Gimp so I can try.
      –always nice to see you :)

  7. Excellent one. I specially like the infinite line of train passing one. The difficult part is to find the loop point where the animation will reset, the reset of the loop should be done very carefully such that the animation looks like a smooth flow. These pics are really great. Thanks for posting about this app.

    1. Hi Arjun,
      Glad you liked them. Yes, getting the loop point just right is tricky.
      How hard would these be to make in Gimp? Is the process similar to regular GIFs?
      –Thank you for visiting! Hope school is going well for you :)

      1. They contain multiple frames, which when displayed one after another will show like it is animating. To make something like this, you need to save a small video section as decomposed series of images, and load them into different layers into GIMP, and the use the GIF animator plugin in the GIMP to animate through the layers. You can then choose transition effects and time between layers. I do not know how to decompose a video in windows, but in linux it is pretty easy, i just need to change the graphics driver SMplayer uses, and it will write the images into disk instead of displaying them on the screen, there images then can be used in GIMP to make the GIF. Now, i have not tried making animated GIF of a video clip, but i have made animated GIF of transformation of morphed images. The best part is that all these dirty jobs can automated, if you know how to write a GIMP plugin. With a GIMP plugin you can completely automate this process , for example, by just specifying the video file and the start and end time, and the plugin will be responsible for all the above process and make an animated GIF. …. … Okay, i searched the net while writing this reply and got: and a lot more other guides, just search the net with “gimp video to animated gif” . For more information about GIFs, wikipedia is a good place to start with

        University examinations have just ended, now trying to get in some institution for the next level of study :) .

        1. Thanks Arjun!
          Great information. I have not tried masking at all yet, and I certainly dont know how to write a GIMP plugin. Not even close haha.

          Thanks for the help and links. I hope to be able to make some soon.

          That’s great on finishing exams. I hope you get in where you want to for the next level! :)

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