When you take cinema – the moving picture and Photograph – the still picture, and combine them together, you get CINEMAGRAPH. They are very similar to animated GIF but a lot different in mysterious ways.

In a Cinemagraph, a whole lot of the image is static while small elements move to give a sense of an animation.

It is a living moment in an otherwise still image.

Cinemagraph by Kevin Burg & Jamie Beck

To manually create a cinemagraph, you can record a video and use image editing and compositing software like Adobe After Effects to seamlessly loop frames.

In Adobe After Effects, you can use the mask tool to crop certain areas of the frame where motion is required while time freezing rest of the video to create a still frame.

Now this technique requires much more patience and expertise. However, you can cut things short and use mobile Cinemagraph apps.

All it takes is you downloading the app.

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2020’s Top 5 Cinemagraph Apps

There are many Cinemagraph Apps available on both iOS and Android devices. But you don’t need many. You only need one.

Let’s now take a look at Top 10 Cinemagraph Apps for iOS & Android.

1. Cinemagraph Pro

Cinemagraph Pro is only available for iOS devices. Capture a video or import one directly from your iPhone or iPad and paint motion to reveal your cinemagraph.

The only downside of Cinemagraph Pro is that it comes with a yearly subscription plan of $999.

Although there is a free version but you can only export lower quality videos with a Cinemagraph Pro watermark.

2. VImage

VIMAGE is a cinemagraph creator app that lets you animate your image and add hundreds of moving photo effects, presets, filters, and overlays.

The good thing about VImage Cinemagraph app is that you can do a lot more than just creating Cinemagraphs.

You can go crazy on your designs and animations with presets, effects, overlays and audio effects.

VImage is free to use on both iOS and Android. Although there are in-app purchases that adds more features on top of the existing ones.

3. StoryZ

StroyZ is by far the most simplest and user friendly Cinemagraph app I’ve come across. What makes this app special is the double exposure effect achieved with the combination of static images and overlay videos.

Although free to download on both iOS and Android, there are certain features that can only be accessed on paying for StozyZ monthly or annual subscriptions.

4. InstaCinemagraph

Available for iOS devices only, InstaCinemagraph is a yet another easy to use Cinemagraph app. With this app, you can create beautiful Cinemagraphs in just 3 easy steps.

  1. Capture or upload a short video.
  2. After the app processes and stabilises your video, use the drawing tool to animate or lock parts of the video. For accuracy, use the sliding tool on the right to increase or decrease the size of the cursor. On this screen you can also activate the infinite loop option.
  3. When you are happy with your work just hit finish and let the app do its magic.

While it’s easy to use, the downside is that InstaCinemagraph is not a free app.

There is a trial version but you need to upgrade for a weekly, monthly or yearly subscription.

5. Loopsie

Loopsie lets you create stunning Cinemagraphs, 3D Photos and much more. It is an all in one app without any professional equipment. Just a bit of creativity and your photos will come to life with a stunning cinematic effect!

Loopsie is a free Cinemagraph app for both iOS and Android. There are in-app purchases for removing the watermark or exporting higher quality media.

What We Recommend

One of the 5 apps listed above is all you need to create stunning Cinemagraphs. However, We highly recommend Cinemagraph Pro for iOS and VImage for Android users.

Why?

Because Cinemagraph Pro is highly compatible with almost every iOS device. Be it iPhone, iPad or iMac. Its free version is all you need. We only recommend paying for the app if you are professional.

VImage on the other hand is best suitable for Android users. It is simple, easy to use yet loaded with multiple features. iOS users can also enjoy VImage.

Let us know what application are you planning on to use for creating stunning Cinemagraphs.

If there is any other Cinemagraph app you think is awesome, share with us in the comments below.