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Animation: Creating Cinemagraphs & Plotagraphs

Rich Harrington

About this course

Cinemagraphs are static photos that contain areas of motion. These specialized graphics—which are essentially high-end, animated GIFs—can be leveraged for dynamic advertising, or to help you stand out on social media. In this course, learn how to use Photoshop, After Effects, and other tools to explore the creative options of cinemagraphs. In addition, learn how to create plotagraphs with Plotagraph Pro, which allows you to create dynamic content from static photos. While plotagraphs are similar to cinemagraphs, the starting point and execution is very different.

Join Rich Harrington as he walks through how to create cinemagraphs in a variety of different programs, and how to create plotagraphs with Plotagraph Pro. Throughout the course, Rich shares helpful shooting and post-production techniques to help you improve your end results.


Topics include:

  • What are cinemagraphs?
  • Essential shooting techniques
  • Composing a dynamic shot
  • When to shoot video for cinemagraphs
  • Determining frame size and frame rate
  • Developing strategies for cinemagraphs and plotagraphs
  • Creating cinemagraphs with Photoshop, Flixel, and Cliplets
  • Creating plotagraphs with Plotagraph Pro
  • Optimizing cinemagraphs and plotagraphs
  • Recompressing video with Adobe Media Encoder and Apple Compressor
  • Posting dynamic content to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram
 

Curriculum4h 1m

  • Exercise Files
  • Preview
    Welcome
  • What You Should Know Before Watching this Course
  • What are Cinemagraphs?
  • Core Features of a Cinemagraph Image
  • Core Features of a Plotagraph Image
  • A Look at the Dynamic Content Movement
  • Essential Shooting Techniques for Cinemagraphs & Plotagraphs
  • Composing a Dynamic Shot
  • Stabilizing the Camera
  • When to Shoot Video for Cinemagraphs
  • Preview
    When to Shoot Timelapse for Cinemagraphs
  • When to Shoot a Still for a Plotagraph
  • Combining Stills with Video or Timelapse
  • Determining Frame Size & Frame Rate
  • File Format Considerations
  • Shooting Demo (Putting It All Together)
  • Develop Strategies for Cinemagraphs & Plotagraphs
  • Platform Specific Advice
  • GIF vs. Movie: The Delivery Debate
  • Creating Cinemagraphs with Photoshop
  • Preview
    Loading a Movie into Photoshop
  • Loading an Image Sequence into Photoshop
  • Adjusting Frames Rates in Photoshop
  • Compositing the Image with Motion
  • Refining Masks in Photoshop
  • Looping Strategies with Photoshop
  • Color Correction & Enhancement
  • Exporting a Movie-based Animation from Photoshop
  • Saving a GIF-based Animation from Photoshop
  • Creating Cinemagraphs with Flixel
  • Loading an Image Sequence into Flixel
  • Loading a Video into Flixel
  • Trimming Media to a New Duration
  • Creating & Refining Masks in Flixel
  • Creating a Loop Method with Flixel
  • Color Correction & Enhancement
  • Exporting a Movie-based Animation from Flixel
  • Exporting a GIF-based Animation from Flixel
  • Posting to Social Media from Fixel
  • Creating on the Go with Flixel Mobile
  • Creating Cinemagraphs with Cliplets
  • Loading a Video into Cliplets
  • Choosing the Background Frame
  • Masking the Video in Cliplets
  • Creating a Loop Method with Cliplets
  • Exporting a GIF-based Animation from Cliplets
  • Creating on the Go with Microsoft Pix
  • Creating a Plotagraph with Plotagraph Pro
  • Uploading an Image to Plotagraph Pro
  • Masking a Photo in Plotagraph Pro
  • Adding Animation Points in Plotagraph Pro
  • Previewing & Refining Animation with Plotagraph Pro
  • Adding an Overlay Image in Plotagraph Pro
  • Exporting a GIF from Plotagraph Pro
  • Exporting a Movie from Plotagraph Pro
  • Creating Cinemagraphs with After Effects
  • Loading a Movie into After Effects
  • Loading an Image Sequence into After Effects
  • Duplicating & Reversing a Clip to Make a Loop in After Effects
  • Splitting a Clip to Make a Loop in After Effects
  • Compositing the Frozen Image with Motion
  • Preview
    Creating & Refining Masks in After Effects
  • Color Correction & Enhancement
  • Exporting a Movie-based Animation from After Effects
  • Exporting a GIF with Adobe Media Encoder
  • Optimizing the Cinemagraphs & Plotagraphs
  • Recompressing GIF Images with Photoshop
  • Recompressing Video with Adobe Media Encoder
  • Recompressing Video with Apple Compressor
  • Posting Cinemagraphs & Plotagraphs
  • Posting Dynamic Content to Facebook
  • Posting Dynamic Content to YouTube
  • Posting Dynamic Content to Twitter
  • Posting Dynamic Content to Instagram
  • Conclusion

About this course

Cinemagraphs are static photos that contain areas of motion. These specialized graphics—which are essentially high-end, animated GIFs—can be leveraged for dynamic advertising, or to help you stand out on social media. In this course, learn how to use Photoshop, After Effects, and other tools to explore the creative options of cinemagraphs. In addition, learn how to create plotagraphs with Plotagraph Pro, which allows you to create dynamic content from static photos. While plotagraphs are similar to cinemagraphs, the starting point and execution is very different.

Join Rich Harrington as he walks through how to create cinemagraphs in a variety of different programs, and how to create plotagraphs with Plotagraph Pro. Throughout the course, Rich shares helpful shooting and post-production techniques to help you improve your end results.


Topics include:

  • What are cinemagraphs?
  • Essential shooting techniques
  • Composing a dynamic shot
  • When to shoot video for cinemagraphs
  • Determining frame size and frame rate
  • Developing strategies for cinemagraphs and plotagraphs
  • Creating cinemagraphs with Photoshop, Flixel, and Cliplets
  • Creating plotagraphs with Plotagraph Pro
  • Optimizing cinemagraphs and plotagraphs
  • Recompressing video with Adobe Media Encoder and Apple Compressor
  • Posting dynamic content to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram
 

Curriculum4h 1m

  • Exercise Files
  • Preview
    Welcome
  • What You Should Know Before Watching this Course
  • What are Cinemagraphs?
  • Core Features of a Cinemagraph Image
  • Core Features of a Plotagraph Image
  • A Look at the Dynamic Content Movement
  • Essential Shooting Techniques for Cinemagraphs & Plotagraphs
  • Composing a Dynamic Shot
  • Stabilizing the Camera
  • When to Shoot Video for Cinemagraphs
  • Preview
    When to Shoot Timelapse for Cinemagraphs
  • When to Shoot a Still for a Plotagraph
  • Combining Stills with Video or Timelapse
  • Determining Frame Size & Frame Rate
  • File Format Considerations
  • Shooting Demo (Putting It All Together)
  • Develop Strategies for Cinemagraphs & Plotagraphs
  • Platform Specific Advice
  • GIF vs. Movie: The Delivery Debate
  • Creating Cinemagraphs with Photoshop
  • Preview
    Loading a Movie into Photoshop
  • Loading an Image Sequence into Photoshop
  • Adjusting Frames Rates in Photoshop
  • Compositing the Image with Motion
  • Refining Masks in Photoshop
  • Looping Strategies with Photoshop
  • Color Correction & Enhancement
  • Exporting a Movie-based Animation from Photoshop
  • Saving a GIF-based Animation from Photoshop
  • Creating Cinemagraphs with Flixel
  • Loading an Image Sequence into Flixel
  • Loading a Video into Flixel
  • Trimming Media to a New Duration
  • Creating & Refining Masks in Flixel
  • Creating a Loop Method with Flixel
  • Color Correction & Enhancement
  • Exporting a Movie-based Animation from Flixel
  • Exporting a GIF-based Animation from Flixel
  • Posting to Social Media from Fixel
  • Creating on the Go with Flixel Mobile
  • Creating Cinemagraphs with Cliplets
  • Loading a Video into Cliplets
  • Choosing the Background Frame
  • Masking the Video in Cliplets
  • Creating a Loop Method with Cliplets
  • Exporting a GIF-based Animation from Cliplets
  • Creating on the Go with Microsoft Pix
  • Creating a Plotagraph with Plotagraph Pro
  • Uploading an Image to Plotagraph Pro
  • Masking a Photo in Plotagraph Pro
  • Adding Animation Points in Plotagraph Pro
  • Previewing & Refining Animation with Plotagraph Pro
  • Adding an Overlay Image in Plotagraph Pro
  • Exporting a GIF from Plotagraph Pro
  • Exporting a Movie from Plotagraph Pro
  • Creating Cinemagraphs with After Effects
  • Loading a Movie into After Effects
  • Loading an Image Sequence into After Effects
  • Duplicating & Reversing a Clip to Make a Loop in After Effects
  • Splitting a Clip to Make a Loop in After Effects
  • Compositing the Frozen Image with Motion
  • Preview
    Creating & Refining Masks in After Effects
  • Color Correction & Enhancement
  • Exporting a Movie-based Animation from After Effects
  • Exporting a GIF with Adobe Media Encoder
  • Optimizing the Cinemagraphs & Plotagraphs
  • Recompressing GIF Images with Photoshop
  • Recompressing Video with Adobe Media Encoder
  • Recompressing Video with Apple Compressor
  • Posting Cinemagraphs & Plotagraphs
  • Posting Dynamic Content to Facebook
  • Posting Dynamic Content to YouTube
  • Posting Dynamic Content to Twitter
  • Posting Dynamic Content to Instagram
  • Conclusion