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Capture The Moment - Half Photo Half Video: Cinemagraphs Come To Microsoft Cliplets

Robin Good: Microsoft Research has recently released its own authoring tool to create cinemagraphs, by utilizing short video clips in which, only an element is kep "alive", while all others are rendered as a traditional still photo. 


From Wikipedia: "Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are usually published in an animated GIF format, can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video.


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The term "cinemagraph" was coined by U.S. photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, who used the technique to animate their fashion and news photographs beginning in early 2011."



My comments: Cinemagraphs / cinemagrams is a new emerging visual art form with great potential. It captures "moments" in a unique way, providing a new exciting and infinite exploratory space for the artist/author creating it. I'd recommend it as a "core" topic in all visual communication courses. Start experimenting with it yourself on your PC with this very tool from Microsoft, or on your iPad/iPhone with Cinemagr.am



For Windows PCs only.


Gallery of examples: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/cliplets/gallery.aspx


Software Download + Tutorials: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/cliplets/tutorials.aspx


Cliplets Forum: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/cliplets


Find out more: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/cliplets/



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Cinemagraphs: The Birth of a New Art Medium | Off Book | PBS

Robin Good: I definitely had the sensation while using my iPhone add cinemagr.am, that this was not just another toy app. The beauty and the challenge that the creation of cinemagraphs (animated GIFs) presents, opens up a world of fascinating possibilities for those who are involved with visual communication.


Animated GIFs, which have been around since way before the Internet took actually place (1987), have recently seen a huge comeback as new tools, applications and innovative uses have highlighted new cool uses.


This nice video from PBS illustrates a bit of the history of animated GIFs and why they are coming back to candidate themselves as a new art form.


Informative. Interesting. Cool. 9/10


Check out also this informative article from DesignTaxi where I have discovered this video: http://designtaxi.com/news/351861/The-Story-Behind-Animated-GIFs/  

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