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Monday, January 23, 2012

Kinotopic

Kinotopic lets you create Kinos.
What are Kinos you ask? (I had no idea too)
Kinos, also known as cinemagraphs, are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs.
So they are basically photos that are entirely still except they have one element in them that is animated and moves repeatedly.
If done right, Kinos can look really cool.

Kinotopic is probably the easiest way to create these cinemagraphs. All you do is shoot a short video, then choose one frame from that video that you want to use as your anchor image (the still image), and select an area from the video that you want to remain animated in the final result.

Here are a few Kinos that were created by users using Kinotopic:





These are relatively low quality images, the quality of the final results that you get when using the app is much better.


It does take a few tries till you get the hang of it and understand what works in order to get good results, but the process is very straightforward and simple.

The app also has a stream where you can see what other people are creating using the app and share your photos if you want. The stream is a good place to get ideas for what you can do with Kinos and then come up with your own.

After you've created your own cinemagraph you can either save it to your camera roll or share it on a bunch of social networks (Kinotopic supports sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr).