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Creating Cinemagraphs with Photoshop After Effects Flixel and Cliplets

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Overview

Learn how to use Photoshop, After Effects, and two dedicated tools—Flixel and Cliplets—to explore the possibilities of cinemagraphs: static photos that contain areas of motion.

Learn how to use Photoshop, After Effects, and two dedicated tools—Flixel and Cliplets—to explore the creative possibilities of cinemagraphs: static photos that contain areas of motion. Rich Harrington explores assembly techniques in each program and illustrates effective shooting and post-production techniques to improve the end results. The final cinemagraphs can be used in websites, banner ads, emails, presentations, or even digital signage.

Syllabus

Welcome
  • What to expect in this course
  • What you need to know before taking the course
  • Using the exercise files
1. What Are Cinemagraphs?
  • Core features of a cinemagraph image
  • A look at the cinemagraph movement
2. Essential Shooting Techniques
  • Planning a cinemagraph shot
  • Stabilizing the camera
  • When to shoot video for cinemagraphs
  • When to shoot time lapse for cinemagraphs
  • Combining stills with video or a time lapse
  • Choosing a frame size and frame rate
  • File-format considerations
  • Shooting a demo (putting it all together)
3. Developing a Cinemagraph
  • Delivery-format considerations
  • Bandwidth considerations
  • Artistic objectives of cinemagraphs
4. Creating Cinemagraphs with Photoshop
  • Loading a movie into Photoshop
  • Loading an image sequence into Photoshop
  • Adjusting frames rates in Photoshop
  • Compositing the image with motion
  • Creating and refining masks in Photoshop
  • Looping strategies with Photoshop
  • Color correction and enhancement
  • Exporting a movie-based animation from Photoshop
  • Converting to a frame-based animation from Photoshop
  • Saving a GIF-based animation from Photoshop
5. Creating Cinemagraphs with Flixel
  • Loading an image sequence into Flixel
  • Loading a video into Flixel
  • Trimming media to a new duration
  • Creating and refining masks in Flixel
  • Creating a loop method with Flixel
  • Color correction and enhancement
  • Refining the image with effects
  • Exporting a movie-based animation from Flixel
  • Exporting a GIF-based animation from Flixel
  • Posting to social media
6. Creating Cinemagraphs with After Effects
  • Loading a movie into After Effects
  • Loading an image sequence into After Effects
  • Adjusting frames rates and retiming clips in After Effects
  • Duplicating and 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
  • Creating and refining masks in After Effects: Part one
  • Creating and refining masks in After Effects: Part two
  • Color correction and enhancement
  • Exporting a movie-based animation from After Effects
  • Converting to a frame-based animation from After Effects
  • Combining After Effects and Photoshop to create a GIF file
7. Creating Cinemagraphs with Cliplets
  • Importing time-lapse files into Cliplets
  • Choosing the background frame in Cliplets
  • Trimming and refining in the cliplet
  • Exporting GIF images from Cliplets
8. Optimizing the Images
  • Recompressing GIF images with Photoshop
  • Recompressing GIF images from Flixel
  • Recompressing video with Adobe Media Encoder
  • Recompressing video with Apple Compressor
  • Sharing and display strategies
Conclusion
  • Next steps

Taught by

Richard Harrington

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