Introducing Overlay Mode in Cinemagraph Pro

Cinemagraph Pro, the app that defined a new medium for visual storytelling, just got a whole lot better. Earlier this year, we introduced new features that made sharing social posts and ads incredibly simple. Export presets in Cinemagraph Pro apply the preferred file type, size, frame rate, and length for each social network. Using presets will ensure that your cinemagraphs are uploaded in the highest possible quality and loop during playback. We also added social media crop presets for Facebook Cover Videos, Instagram Stories, and Snapchat along with the ability to apply custom crops so you can frame your cinemagraph just right.

Now we’re excited to share with our community a game-changing new release that will make designing cinemagraph ads and branded content — as well as incorporating certain creative effects — easier than ever before.

Cinemagraph by Jon Kane Houldsworth

Introducing Overlay Mode

The new overlay mode in Cinemagraph Pro will allow you to add images and text on top of your cinemagraphs in-app. To add images and text to your cinemagraphs in the past, you’d have to export your still image, add overlays using another app, and import the still image back into Cinemagraph Pro. Because masking reveals motion from the source video, your overlay could not overlap and limited your options for positioning. Confusing, right?

Well, those days are over! Image overlays will preserve transparency, eliminating the need to tediously mask around an imported still image. There is no limit to the number of overlays you can add on top of your cinemagraphs and you can edit objects’ position, size, opacity, and more — right in Cinemagraph Pro.

Cinemagraph by Ryan Schmidt

Navigating Overlay Mode

Our goal has always been to help storytellers create imagery that gets noticed — wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. That’s why Cinemagraph Pro for macOS and iOS offer the same great features allowing you to create professional quality cinemagraphs in minutes. Watch our new tutorials and learn how to start adding images and text to your cinemagraphs in Cinemagraph Pro for macOS and iOS.

Cinemagraph Pro for macOS

Visit our Help Center tutorial for a detailed overview on adding image and text objects in Cinemagraph Pro for macOS. Overlay mode is available in Cinemagraph Pro for macOS version 2.7 and requires macOS 10.12.2 Sierra or later. If you aren’t prompted to download the latest version when you open Cinemagraph Pro, check for updates in-app or in the Mac App Store.

Cinemagraph Pro for iOS

Visit our Help Center tutorial for written instructions on adding image and text objects in Cinemagraph Pro for iOS. Overlay mode is available in Cinemagraph Pro for iOS version 7.0 and requires iOS 11 or later. If you disabled automatic updates in your App Store Settings, you can update the latest version in the App Store.

Pro Tip: Cinemagraph Pro has iCloud Drive support so if your plan includes both apps, it doesn’t matter where the document was created — you can keep editing on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Cinemagraph by Thomas Brand

Our community of creators is at the heart of everything we do at Flixel. By uploading cinemagraphs, helping one another succeed, and providing us with ongoing feedback, the community helps us build better products that solve problems for today’s storytellers.

We can’t wait to see how overlay mode will help you in your visual storytelling and hope to hear your thoughts on our latest release in the forums and Flixel Cinemagraph Community group on Facebook. Remember to upload your cinemagraphs as public for a chance to be featured in our galleries and social networks!

(Customer Success Leader)

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