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Out of This World Cinemagraphs from the International Space Station

April 26, 2016 by Cassandra King


Space cinemagraphs let you experience the world from an astronaut’s point of view

The Flixel community has many talented creators. We've seen them cinemagraph different animals, cityscapes, sporting events and even Star Wars. But when we came across Armand Dijck's space cinemagraphs, we were immediately dazzled. They are literally, out of this world. Seriously, even Armand admits that the cheesy quote fits.

After taking in the beauty and crisp resolution of these cinemagraphs from space, I started my investigation. The goal: to figure out how the heck Armand created these living photos.

Well, I'm happy to say that Armand has offered to share the magic behind them. Read more to find out how these interstellar Flixel cinemagraphs were created.

Prepare to learn a lot about space. Ground control to Armand Dijcks - over to you.

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Meet the Photographer that Captures Comedian Kevin Hart with Flixel Cinemagraphs

April 21, 2016 by Cassandra King

Do you ever wonder what it's like to hang out with the outrageously funny, and super talented, Kevin Hart? Well for one lucky photographer, spending his days with the hardest working comic in the world is a job.  We've got the inside scoop, plus some really awesome cinemagraphs of Kevin Hart created by his personal photographer and friend, Kevin Kwan. Hear about Kwan's passion for photography, and how he got to be the globe-trotting photographer he is today.

Tell me a bit about yourself. How did you get into photography?

I was born and raised in Hong Kong, and moved to Tucson Arizona when I was 17. I've loved photography since I was young, and enjoyed taking photos of people, friends, and families.

"I was always the photographer among my friends."

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Flixel at Facebook F8: Profile Expression Kit

April 18, 2016 by Cassandra King

F8, Facebook Developer Conference, is all about innovation. In two days, attendees get to experience presentations by feature leaders from across the Facebook family of apps and services. Conference go-ers also learn about the latest tools and best practices for designing and building their apps, new surfaces for discovery and expression, and innovative ways to make the world more open and connected. In short, it's a great place to learn and connect with others. 

Not only was Flixel lucky enough to attend the conference in beautiful San Francisco, we were also a featured Partner in the new Facebook Profile Expression Kit... and we're in good company. Facebook chose 6 third-party beta partners to introduce the Profile Expression Kit, and Flixel is included among mega video apps like Vine, Boomering, and MSQRD. 

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Facebook Partners with Flixel on New Profile Video Integration

April 12, 2016 by Robert Lendvai

Cinemagraph software company one of Facebook’s early partners for Profile Expression Kit

TORONTO, ON, April 12, 2016 - Flixel Photos, a visual storytelling company that enables content creators to produce cinemagraphs, announced today that it is one of a select group of beta partners for Facebook’s new Profile Expression Kit, which allows users to create a video in 3rd-party apps and directly upload as their Facebook profile video.

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Make Your Facebook Profile Video a Flixel Cinemagraph for Free

April 12, 2016 by Cassandra King

We've been waiting for this — Facebook's rollout of their new video profile feature. As Mashable first reported back in September, profile videos are the biggest update to Facebook profiles since the rollout of Facebook Timeline. Facebook's video profiles allow you to replace your static profile photo with a 7-second looping video.

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The Case for Pricing Parity for Desktop and Mobile Apps

March 30, 2016 by Mark Pavlidis
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How Did They Do That? Air-Bike Cinemagraph

March 28, 2016 by Cassandra King

In our last How'd They Do That? post, Virgo Haan took us through how he created the #1 cinemagraph of 2015. This time, we're checking in with Virgo again to learn about how he made the infamous "Air Bike" cinemagraph, as seen below. Let's dive in and see what tricks Virgo has up his sleves this time!



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Tutorial: How to Create Banner Ads Using Cinemagraphs

March 21, 2016 by Arun Krishna

Cinemagraphs capture and hold attention in ways that photos and videos can't. This makes them a great new visual medium for advertisers. You can use them in emails as GIFs (here’s our welcome email) or incorporate them into  video ads to add an element of surprise, but what about using cinemagraphs for display advertising?

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February Flixel Cinemagraph Contest Winners

March 17, 2016 by Cassandra King

The votes are in. We have our winners in our Flixel Contest.. The contest allowed creators to submit cinemagraphs of all kinds to be voted on by our community, as well as by 3 of our Flixel Wizards – Jason Teale, Lindsay Adler, and Virgo Haan

There were cinemagraphs of pets, landscapes, food, and loved ones. The creativity was outstanding, and the judges had a hard time choosing their favourites. As for the community, well, it came down to two. 

Community Choice Award

Winner of Flixel Cloud Web+Apps, coming in at 293 votes, is a dizzying cinemagraph that you can't take your eyes off of.

#1  You Spin Me Round Round Baby - Rocky Montez-Carr


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Instafamous: Kevin Lu, Sweatengine

March 03, 2016 by Cassandra King


183K Followers | Content creator. "I make squares with my iPhone." | New York, USA.

What makes a good photographer? How do you differentiate yourself in an over saturated industry? We interviewed iPhone only photographer, Kevin Lu, to get the inside scoop on how he turned his hobby into a career. 

How did you get into photography? 

I bought my first DSLR 4 years ago when I was blogging about marathon running. Shortly after I started learning everything about photography on my own out of curiosity. Within an year I also discovered Instagram, which really brought me outside of my comfort zone to see the world differently. In a few months I quit my job as a biomedical engineer to travel around USA on a road trip for two months, and document the entire trip with my iPhone on Instagram.

What do you like the most about the Instagram platform?

The creative community within the platform is unparalleled. I find it fascinating that people around the world can share and engage with one another in real time. This is a truly streamlined mobile experience available to anyone -any time and anywhere.

What do you mainly shoot with? Are you iPhone only?

Since my road trip 3 years ago, everything on my Instagram is shot with my iPhone.

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How Did They Do That? Brathwait Watch Cinemagraph

February 26, 2016 by Cassandra King

We're trying out this new thing where we feature one cinemagraph a month that really made us say, "HOW'D THEY DO IT?!". 

As cinemagraphs evolve, there are more and more people applying awesome new techniques and effects to this growing medium. As much as I'd like to be able to teach you all there is to know about cinemagraphs, sometimes, we all need a little help from our friends. 

In this blog series, you'll learn from the top cinemagraph creators across the globe. 

First up in the series is none other than the #1 cinemagraph of 2015, Virgo Haan's Brathwait Watch Ad. You can even test out the technique with his source files! Let's find out how Virgo created this cinemagraph, from start to finish.


In this tutorial I am going through the planning, shooting and post-production process and explain how this Cinemagraph was made. You can download my raw footage and image to follow my steps in Flixel Cinemagraph Pro

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Introducing Flixel Cinemagraph Pro for iOS Version 4.0

February 25, 2016 by Cassandra King

The World's Favorite Way to Create Cinemagraphs Keeps Getting Better

It's been almost four years since we first introduced the world to the magic of creating beautiful cinemagraphs on the iPhone with Flixel 1.0. With each subsequent release, and a name change to Cinemagraph Pro, Flixel has continued to push the boundaries of what is possible on Apple's amazing family of mobile devices. Today, we're launching Cinemagraph Pro for iOS v4.0, and it's our best release ever. 

If you're new to cinemagraphs, they're an amazing blend of photo and video that literally brings a still photo to life. It's an exciting new art form that many are calling the next great visual medium. Like photos and videos, cinemagraphs are being created and shared by photographers, filmmakers and marketers everywhere, and Cinemagraph Pro has become the world's favorite tool for creating them. 

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Cinemagraphs: Starting Tips

February 21, 2016 by Robert Lendvai

This post originally appeared on the blog of cinemagraph creator Mario Sahe-Lacheante. We're sharing it here with his permission. 


Now that we’re familiar with, and all excited about, cinemagraphs, the next step is to just go out and try to create some for yourself. (If you're reading about cinemagraphs for the first time, please refer to my earlier blog post here for an introduction.)

Creating cinemagraphs will be a lot of fun, and will most likely become a passion soon after your first few attempts.

As you start out and fall in love with cinemagraphs, and keep practising and pushing to get better, you might even end up landing some work for clients.

Should you find yourself anywhere in this creative spectrum, I thought I’d share a few tips with you from my experience:

  • Subtlety is leader, but not always king. Subtlety is definitely the magic component in most cinemagraphs, from breezy hair or dresses, to softly poured drinks, subtlety is usually where it’s at. Until it’s not. Some people would have you believe that a cinemagraph is not a cinemagraph if the movement isn’t subtle. To me, that’s like saying a photograph isn’t a photograph unless you’re using an expensive lens. While it goes a long way to help, it’s not mutually exclusive, and you can make good cinemagraphs with bigger motion the same way you can take great shots on your phone. Referring back to our earlier definition of a ‘living photograph’, approach your cinemagraphs with this question: “What motion will really make this image pop?”. I’ve seen and created cinemagraphs where the motion was very obvious and even took up most of the frame, without breaking the cinemagraph aesthetic, and others where the motion can take a moment to spot. So the rules aren’t cut and dry. 

Here's an example of a lot of motion in a cinemagraph that I shot for Shell at the Goodwood Revival festival in the UK:

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#WOKEUPLIKETHIS: A cinemagraph film by Michel Molder

February 18, 2016 by Cassandra King

How did you come up with the idea for your cinemagraph film, #WOKEUPLIKETHIS?

My dreams are often quite vivid and crazy. Sometimes I write them down when I wake up, which is how #WOKEUPLIKETHIS was born.

#WOKEUPLIKETHIS from michel molder on Vimeo.

I woke up with a really clear picture in mind of a man in a dark forest, wearing nothing more than his underpants (the typical ones your grandfather wears), while holding a burning hooligan emergency flare.

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Travel Alberta Uses Cinemagraphs to Stop Time and Capture the Adventure of the Rockies

February 17, 2016 by Cassandra King

Last year Travel Alberta, Critical Mass and Flixel worked together on a suite of stunning cinemagraphs that showcased the beauty of the province. The campaign won awards, accolades and attention from the advertising industry and consumers alike, and now Travel Alberta has returned with a new set of cinemagraphs that are just as stunning as the first, although in an entirely different way.

Cinemagraph of Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Where Travel Alberta’s previous cinemagraphs masterfully showed the breathtaking landscapes of the province, (as seen above), this new set aims to communicate that thrilling feeling that hits you right in the gut in a moment of adventure in the Albertan Rocky Mountains.

We sat down with the creative minds at Travel Alberta to discuss what drew them back into the world of cinemagraphs and what they’ve learned over the course of two cinemagraph campaigns.

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Filed Under: News, Marketing

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